There’s a reason that nothing can really be compared to the charm of childhood sweethearts, even in this age of Hinge and Tinder.
India’s premier fast bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and his wife Nupur Nagar are one such couple. Their relationship makes a case for some serious couple goals, whether it’s their fun banter, their sparkling chemistry, or the fact that they’ve been sweethearts since they were 13 years old.
In an up-close and personal webisode of Cricbuzz’s new series Spicy Pitch, Bhuvi and Nupur revealed what makes their relationship so unique.
The two were childhood friends and neighbors in Meerut, playing games like Stapu for hours on end together.
Interestingly, Nupur looked at their relationship more like that of ‘brothers and sisters’. Whereas, Bhuvi had a crush on her even at that age.
The childhood friends slowly drifted apart— Bhuvi becoming busy with his cricket and Nupur going away to college— and only saw each other a couple of times a year. But then they reconnected on Facebook, and that’s when the relationship evolved into a long-lasting romance.
Today, Bhuvi and Nupur seem less like a newly married couple and more like best friends. Whether it’s the fact that Nupur is forever despairing of the mess Bhuvi makes at home, or that she claims he cheats in every game of carrom and dumb charades that they play— the two come across as a fun-loving and light-hearted unit.
“I actually enjoy watching his batting more than his bowling!” Nupur said during the interview. To which Bhuvi quipped, “Every time I go out to bat, I remember that I have to play a good inning because my wife will really be annoyed with me otherwise!”
However, it isn’t just fun and games though. The two are also there for each other through thick and thin.
“When Bhuvi goes through something big, whether it’s his hamstring injury or anything else, I always get more worried than he does. In fact, I get so worried that he lightens up because then he needs to cheer me up!” Nupur suggested.
The couple also talked about how they feel about each other and what makes their relationship work, even during the pressure of international cricket in the episode.