Ricky Bhui is deemed to be the next big thing in Indian Cricket. This IPL season, the man from Vizag looks set to announce himself on the world stage. Teja Kovvali talks to the cricketer.
You are now a crucial member of the state team. How has the journey been over the years?
“It has definitely not been an easy journey thus far. While injuries held me back on several occasions, I had to leave the Ranji Trophy in the middle on some occasions due to the U-19 duties, and never got a chance to play for the complete stretch. The latest Ranji season, however, was different. I got to play the entire season for Andhra Pradesh and ended up amassing plenty of runs for my team.”
Sharing the dressing room with some big names in IPL must be quite extraordinary. Tell us something about it.
“Sharing space with the likes of David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, and Kane Williamson among others has been really exciting. At the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp, I watch them from close quarters and get to learn a lot. From the way they train to the way they conduct themselves on the field, there are many areas where these champions are truly exemplary.”
How has it been working under the guidance of some absolute legends of the game?
“Working with has been an enriching experience. VVS Laxman sir, Tom Moody sir, and Murali (Muttiah Muralitharan) sir are legends of the game and possess immense expertise in each aspect of it. Working under their guidance has been an enriching experience.”
SRH has been dealt a big blow even before the tournament started. What can the fans expect this season?
“Losing our captain right before the tournament is certainly a major blow for us and our fans. However, some new players have joined our contingent this year and we pack a punch despite losing Warner. We are confident of making the playoffs this year as well.”
What in store for you in the upcoming edition of the IPL?
“With runs under my belt, I’m confident of being presented with an opportunity this season. Depending on the requirement, I am ready to bat at any position in the order and contribute to the team’s victory.”
Tell us about your tryst with Vizag
“Vizag is an amazing city. I keep visiting this place whenever possible and spend quality time with family and friends to rejuvenate myself.”
The road to the Indian team
“With notable performances being rewarded by the selectors, getting into the Indian squad is quite open now. Be it with my state team, IPL franchise, or even with the India A team, I am determined on scoring runs whenever I get the chance and eventually make my way into the national team.”
Cricketing idol currently
Favourite cricketing shot
Shots straight down the ground.
One bowler, you’re looking forward to facing in the IPL
The fastest bowler in the tournament.
Long time goal of Ricky Bhui
To represent my country and be a superstar for Team India.