Meet Saurabh Netravalkar, the India-born USA cricketer who shocked Pakistan at T20 World Cup 2024

Jun 7, 2024

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The name Saurabh Netravalkar is etched in history after his stellar performance propelled the United States of America (USA) to a remarkable victory over Pakistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Netravalkar, the India-born American cricketer, emerged as an unlikely hero, leaving the cricketing world in awe.

Early life and cricket journey in India

Hailing from Mumbai, Netravalkar’s cricketing journey began in his native India. He represented the India Under-19 team at the 2010 World Cup, showcasing his early talent. He even went on to play a first-class Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai in 2013.

Saurabh Netravalkar at India U19 World Cup

Academic pursuits and transition to the USA

Netravalkar’s academic pursuits also took centre stage. He completed his Computer Engineering degree from Mumbai University before embarking on a Master’s in Computer Science in the United States (2015-2016). This move marked a turning point in his life, eventually leading him to a successful career at Oracle, a tech giant, starting in 2016.

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Rising star in USA cricket

While his professional life flourished, Netravalkar’s passion for cricket remained unwavering. In 2018, he secured a coveted spot in the USA national cricket team, showcasing his talent on a new stage. His leadership qualities shone through, as he was appointed captain of the USA team in 2019.

Record-breaking achievements

Netravalkar’s contribution to USA cricket has been phenomenal. He etched his name in the record books by becoming the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul for the USA in both One Day Internationals (ODIs) against UAE in 2019 and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against Singapore in 2022. He also holds the distinction of being the USA’s leading wicket-taker in limited-overs cricket.

Heroics at the T20 World Cup 2024

The T20 World Cup 2024 has been a defining moment for Netravalkar. His economical bowling spell of 2/18 restricted a star-studded Pakistan batting lineup to 159-7. However, his most significant contribution came during the heart-stopping Super Over. Netravalkar, entrusted with the responsibility of defending a modest target of 18 runs, displayed nerves of steel. He held his composure under immense pressure, dismissing a key batsman and guiding the USA to a historic victory.

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From a talented Mumbai cricketer to a USA hero, Saurabh Netravalkar’s story is an inspiration to aspiring cricketers around the world. His dedication, talent and ability to perform on the biggest stage have propelled him to cricketing superstardom.

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