Captain: Season 33-Present
An ultra-consistent opening batsman, tidy gloveman and wily skipper, Bulbulia is one of the success stories of the Green Valley Eagles' production line of wicketkeepers. After finding his way to the club early in his career, the South African-born southpaw served a long apprenticeship under his predecessor J.B. Drake, just as Drake and those before him had done the same. By the age of 22, he had put together four successive seasons of averaging over 40 in the 2nd XI, and won a spot in the side ahead of Drake (fresh off a championship year with the gloves) a long time before most had expected. Any reservations over the Eagles' decision to release Drake quickly evaporated when, on debut, Bulbulia smashed the powerful Billy Goats to the tune of 206.
Bulbulia went on to score 1,143 runs at 45 in that first season, including two more hundreds, in addition to making 46 dismissals as a gloveman. Thereafter he has gone from strength to strength, not missing a single match since his debut and breaking the 1,000-run (seasons 34-36) and 40-dismissal (seasons 33 and 35) marks on multiple occasions. In season 37, he made 9 stumpings, an all-time club record. He was also awarded the captaincy in season 33 and has handled the extra duties with aplomb; he looks set to retain the role for a long time into the future.
At the age of 26, Bulbulia passed the 5,000 run mark in his 67th match, albeit while top-scoring in an ignominious innings loss to the Dockeroos. While it is still some way off, he is on course to become the club's ninth addition to the 10,000 run club, and the first since R.L. James back in season 26. If he has a weakness, it is his poor conversion rate; oddly for an opener, he converts less than a quarter of his 50-plus scores into centuries.