Bhuvi and Bumrah: Team India’s Jai and Veeru


Bhuvi and Bumrah: Team India’s Jai and Veeru

Illustration: Sushant Ahire/Arré


he year was 2010 and I was seated nervously on my couch, biting my nails, watching the India-Australia ODI at Vishakhapatnam. Cameron White walks in and unleashes an onslaught, setting India a mountain of a target to climb. This was a weird time for Indian cricket, slowly trying to move out of the legendary shadow of Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, and Ganguly into something that promised to be new and fresh. Somehow, it sounded more like an excuse than a promise.

Even then, Indian fans were hopeful. We still had MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to pin all our ambitions on. Their shoulders were strong enough to bear those expectations and still have some power in them to motor a ball over the boundary. The posters of the cricketing heroes in our bedrooms all shared a common factor – they were all master batsmen.