Saurabh Netravalkar

In a thrilling showdown between India and the USA during the T20 World Cup 2024, amidst the galaxy of cricket stars, one name shone brighter than the rest – Saurabh Netravalkar.

The Indian-origin cricketer turned heads as he sent both Virat Kohli (golden duck) and Rohit Sharma (3) back to the pavilion within the first three overs of the second innings.

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Born and bred in Mumbai, Netravalkar’s journey from the streets of India to the international cricket arena is nothing short of remarkable.

Initially representing India in the 2010 U-19 World Cup, his passion for cricket was undeniable.

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However, balancing his love for the game with academic pursuits led him to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Science at Cornell University in the USA. Joining Oracle as a senior software engineer, he found himself at the crossroads between his corporate career and cricket dreams.

Despite the initial challenges, Netravalkar’s determination never wavered. He transitioned from representing Mumbai to donning the colors of the USA cricket team, a move that raised eyebrows but ultimately proved to be his ticket to the big leagues.

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Representing the USA in cricket had its challenges. Originally, ICC rules required seven years of residency, but changes in 2018 opened doors for Netravalkar.

Facing India in the T20 World Cup stirred up emotions for Netravalkar. Memories of playing for India flooded back as he confronted former teammates.