Live screening & ‘Men in Blue’ on menus: Condos, restos see cricket frenzy

  • | Monday | 20th November, 2023

GURGAON: Live screenings, booked out restaurants and bars serving curated platters — of them, one cheekily named Boom Boom Bumrah — and societies bringing in dholwallahs for any celebration. These were the many ways that the citys residents, cricket fans or not, watched every minute of the ICC mens ODI World Cup final on Sunday.Though the match ended with Australia being crowned champions, it didnt dampen the support for men in blue.Even a havan was held at the Sheetla Mata temple to wish the Indian team luck before the match began in the afternoon.Most of the citys 150 pubs and bars, 50 hotels and 30 malls were decked up for the match. RWAs rented LED screens at inflated costs of Rs 15,000-22,000, and families stocked up on firecrackers.Restaurateurs said they opened reservations soon after India won the semi-final against New Zealand on November 15.We started getting reservation calls soon after. We were already looking forward to a large gathering on Sunday and we are packed, said Vishal Anand, founder of SAGA, located on Golf Course Road.At Virat Kohlis restaurant One 8 commune in Sector 68, guests were glued to the big screen on both floors of the Sector 68 eatery, its manager Satya Chahal said.A spokesperson for Ambience Mall said that its management had installed a big screen at the main hall, and the footfall was far more than they had expected.At the Ramada Hotel, dishes were given names: Men in Blue, Boom Boom Bumrah, the Gill-Bill, Rohit Sixer, Virat Cover Drive and Shami Out Swinger.We had offered discounts up to 40% on selected dishes and combos, said Ambar Dwiwedi of the hotels management.Vikrant Batra, co-founder of Dhansoo Café, said they too had introduced cocktails, naming them Boundary and Perfect Yorker.We had an incredible response to match screenings. There was a 20-30% spike in orders during the world cup. For the final match, we curated a Stad-Yum menu that features some interesting dishes like AB De Ribs, Chauka Chakka Platter and the 1983 Samosa Sampler, said Divya Aggarwal, chief growth officer of Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality.Devendra Kumar, director of the Big Shot Night Club, said there was a 20% discount on food and drinks for the final match. Several residential societies in the city had also set up live screenings at their gardens with snacks and dholwallahs. We had arranged for a live telecast at our societys club with enough food and snacks available for the audiences to enjoy while watching the match. We also had dholwallahs and a DJ system for cheering at every boundary and milestone, Dharam Veer Singh, president of Mapsko Casa Bella RWA, told TOI.Lifestyle Homes and Mount Ville were among other apartment complexes with similar preparations.

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