The Cricket World Cup 2019 has given a massive boost to Pakistani hopes of winning. From losing all the starting matches, to making incredible wins, there has been a huge turnover in how we think our team will perform. But the biggest match is upon us now- millions around the world will be glued to their television screens to watch the outcome between Pakistan and India, a match that the whole world is waiting for. But watching cricket is not the only way we Pakistanis express our love for the game. In summers, there is literally no gully that you’ll find empty in the evening, as street cricket is more common and is taken very seriously by those who play it.
Whether it’s a match between two school teams, a street match, T20 or world cup, one thing that holds great importance and credit is the diet of the player. It is extremely important to know what and how much to eat before you prep up for a match. We’ve made a list of foods that are extremely nutritious and provide the strength needed for victory.
Protein is what you need to give yourself the energy that is required for a big match. Chicken contains a great amount protein, and it can be grilled, and cooked in different kind of spices for you to gain that nutrition balanced with great taste. You can also have a barbecue prior to the match with your team mates and together you can gain enough energy for the match.
Keeping your body hydrated with the correct amount of water is very necessary. You don’t want to miss a ball only because you felt dizzy and the cause of it was dehydration. Research shows that consuming at least half a liter of water 2 hours before a match is sufficient, but don’t drink water right before the match starts because that will make you feel nauseated.
A bowl of salad never goes wrong no matter what the circumstances. The bowl must contain a good amount of green vegetables, some carrots, corn, egg, chicken, tomatoes and cheese (according to your taste) and a rough amount of salt and pepper, you can add any other vegetable that you think is necessary for the taste and nutrition.
If you have a match early morning, then you’re expected to have had a healthy dose of protein through breakfast and what better way to gain than through some eggs. The best part about consuming eggs is that you can have them in a number of ways, whether they’re boiled, an omelet, scrambled or sunny side up.
Iron, vitamin, calcium and protein, these are the main elements of energy that are especially needed for one to have excessively before a match. Apple, orange, banana, mango, peer, sapodilla and various other fruits are high on these elements and hence a bowl of fruits prior to a match is extremely beneficial for the victory that you aim to achieve.
We all know how energizing milk is, to multiply the energy, mix it up with some fruit, add some cream and blend them together in a blender and there you are with a glass of energy. Banana milkshake, Dates shake, Mango Shake and Cheeku Shake are known to be the highest in protein.
So now that you’re energized, go out there and play your best!