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Living Foodz, &TV to simulcast cricket-based show; Sandeep Patil to make TV debut

MUMBAI: Food lifestyle channel Living Foodz is all set to launch a new show titled ‘Taste Match’, which will be simulcast on ZEEL’s Hindi GEC &TV, starting 8 April, every Saturday and Sunday.

‘Taste Match’ will mark the television debut of legendary cricketer and former BCCI chairman of selectors, Sandeep Patil.

Taste Match Taste the Flavour of India’s favourite sport with Sandeep Patil

Produced by BBC Worldwide India, the fun-filled series will celebrate cricket and recount the glorious days of acclaimed Indian sportsmen.

Patil will be joined by a star-studded line-up of cricketers including MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Irfan Pathan, Rahul Dravid, Harbhajan Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu, VVS Laxman, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Syed Kirmani, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and others.

The cricketers will reveal heart-warming anecdotes, personal milestones and even reveal the secret to their phenomenal success. Patil will be seen bonding with these guests over a meal prepared by him.

Living Foodz business head Amit Nair said, “Cricket is omnipresent in India and it is not just a sport, but an undying and inseparable emotion. This cricket season, we are delighted to present ‘Taste Match’, a show that amalgamates two elements that fans across India connect with strongly—food and cricket! The show is in keeping with our commitment towards introducing originally curated content in innovative formats that resonate with evolving preferences of our viewers. Sandeep Patil’s remarkable legacy coupled with his humour, makes him a perfect fit for the show!”

The show is interspersed with quirky segments such as ‘Googly’, ‘Third Man’, ‘Yorker’, ‘The Big Lunch’ and ‘Sign Off’, borrowed from cricket terminology. Living Foodz will also organise a contest for fans, which will give them a chance to win exclusive jerseys, cricket bats and balls autographed by their favourite cricket legends.

Commenting on the show, Patil stated, “‘Taste Match’ has given me the opportunity to take a nostalgic walk down memory lane, reunite with some of the former cricket icons and the current idols of Indian cricket, who share our mutual love for the sport. The show unravels a fascinating side to cricketers as they spill the beans on their closely guarded secrets and share inspiring stories of their journey as a cricketer. Apart from cricket, I have always been passionate about cooking and ‘Taste Match’ was a great way to reminisce about sports, life and all things in between over food! I look forward to sharing this experience with cricket lovers across the country.”