Saurabh Netravalkar: Former India U-19 player turns hero for USA against Pakistan

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Saurabh Netravalkar

Saurabh Netravalkar turned hero for the United States (USA) after they defeated Pakistan in a Super Over clash in the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas. Netravalkar was stupendous as the USA defeated Pakistan in their very first meeting in the T20Is. The left-arm pacer held his nerves under pressure and showed his capabilities.

Saurabh Netravalkar’s journey from Cricket to Software Engineer

Saurabh Netravalkar, a name that has recently become synonymous with cricketing excellence, is an Indian-born American cricketer who has made a significant impact on the international cricket scene. Born in Mumbai, India, on October 16, 1991, Netravalkar’s journey from a software engineer to a cricketing hero is nothing short of inspiring.

Netravalkar’s cricketing career began in India, where he represented the country in the U-19 World Cup in 2010. Despite his promising start, he faced a lack of opportunities in the Indian cricket scene, which led him to pursue higher education in the United States. He earned his bachelor’s in computer engineering at the University of Mumbai before moving to the United States in 2015 to pursue a master’s in computer science at Cornell University.

After completing his post-graduation, Netravalkar landed a job with Oracle, one of the world’s largest software companies. However, his passion for cricket remained undiminished. He began commuting to Los Angeles to play for Vijayta CC in the Southern California Cricket Association. His impressive performance caught the attention of the United States national team selectors, and he was selected for the 2017-18 Regional Super50.

Netravalkar’s cricketing prowess continued to shine, and he was named the captain of the United States team for the 2018-19 Regional Super50 tournament. He also captained the team at the Division 2 U19 World Cup in April 2019, the 2018-19 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Regional Finals, and the 2019 United Arab Emirates Tri-Nation Series.

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