I talked to him after the Sialkot match, where he had just wiped the blood from his nose after being struck by a nasty bouncer. “Why didn’t you just come back?” I queried. He just smiled. That was more eloquent than a speech. A year later, still a teenager, he saved the blushes for India at Old Trafford with a memorable hundred.
I asked him on behalf of Prannoy Roy’s The World This Week, whether it was a difficult innings. “I was seeing the ball well,” he said — no theatricals, just a matter of fact understatement!