Kiran Pal Singh, a sub-inspector of police in Meerut had never heard about Lord's Honours Boards where his son, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's name, along with recent Test centurion Ajinkya Rahane's would be put at the hallowed venue's pavilion after the ongoing Test.
"I didn't know about it and never knew that five-wicket takers in an innings, or 10 wickets in the match at Lord's are honoured there," he told mid-day over phone.
These boards, are provided in the 'home' and 'away' dressing rooms. They provide a permanent reminder to players of the best batting and bowling performances in the long history of Lord's.
Kiran Pal added: "We sat before the TV when the match started and knew Bhuvi would grab at least two more wickets on the third day and that's what he did. We watched all his spells on the second day, but could not hear his comments after the match as the lights went out. We feel proud of his performance and hope India win this Test."
The last Indian whose name was inscribed on the Honours Board was that of Praveen Kumar. The swing bowler, hailing from Meerut, grabbed five wickets in the first innings against England in 2011.
And the humble Bhuvneshwar thanked Praveen for the help he has accorded his state-mate. "Oh, it was nice of him to have credited me. I played at Lord's and told him about the wicket there. There was no specific advice given to him. But Bhuvi is a good, smart bowler and did well," Praveen Kumar said. "He is like my younger brother and I am happy with his bowling in this Test."
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