Playing against India would be emotional: USA star Saurabh Netravalkar

Saurabh Netravalkar

Saurabh Netravalkar, a prominent figure in USA cricket and a software engineer at Oracle, is gearing up for an emotional encounter against India. The match, scheduled for June 12, will be a Group A fixture held in New York.

Saurabh Netravalkar recalls his playing for India days

Netravalkar, who has previously represented India at the U19 World Cup, expressed his excitement about facing his former team. He has played alongside several of the current Indian players, including Suryakumar Yadav, during his time in the Indian cricket circuit.

Reflecting on the upcoming match, Netravalkar said, “I know all of them and Surya (Yadav) and myself have played together for Mumbai U15s, U-17, U-19s. It is so good to see what he has achieved and it will be nice to catch up with them. Playing against India would be truly emotional.”

Netravalkar’s journey from being a part of the Indian cricket circuit to becoming a star player for the USA is truly inspiring. He became an overnight sensation after guiding the USA to a historic victory against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Balancing his passion for cricket and his job at Oracle, Netravalkar has managed to excel in both fields. He credits his success to his supportive bosses at Oracle, who allow him to work remotely while on tour, and the flexibility provided by the US Cricket board.

Netravalkar’s upcoming match against India not only signifies a personal milestone but also highlights the growth of cricket in the USA. As he steps onto the field to face his former teammates, it will indeed be an emotional moment, not just for Netravalkar, but for all cricket fans who have followed his journey.

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