Saurabh Netravalkar talks about taking the big wicket of Virat Kohli

Saurabh Netravalkar, USA’s left-arm pace bowler, who has been making headlines in the T20 World Cup, shared his emotional experience of dismissing India‘s star batsman, Virat Kohli, for a first-ball duck. Netravalkar’s journey from a cricketer in Mumbai to a coder for Oracle, and now a standout performer in international cricket, is nothing short of inspirational.

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After his match-winning performance in the Super Over against Pakistan, Netravalkar continued to impress by taking the wickets of Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of India’s cricketing stalwarts.

“It is difficult to explain that journey in a couple of sentences. It’s been really very long. Back then, I had to take a practical call when I saw that my career as a cricketer in India wasn’t really taking off because of the talent around. I got a chance to study in a reputed university here and it was a decision to pursue my other love, coding,” Netravalkar said.

Despite his shift to a career in coding, his passion for cricket never waned. His performance against India brought him into the limelight, drawing the attention of both fans and media. Indian journalists even chose to skip a media interaction with Man of the Match Arshdeep Singh to speak with Netravalkar.

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Netravalkar, who also plays the ukulele as a hobby, expressed his joy at being able to pursue both his passions. He mentioned the emotional significance of getting Kohli’s wicket and the recognition from Indian players.

“I am just happy that I can pursue both my passions. It is all happening very fast and I am in the process of digesting it. These last two games were really high-profile,” he added. “It was an emotional moment to get Virat’s wicket. I was looking to hit off-stump and it worked out well.”

He also reminisced about his past with Suryakumar Yadav and shared his gratitude for the encouragement from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

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India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey praised Netravalkar as an “inspiration” and emphasized the importance of persistence in achieving one’s goals. As the USA team prepares for their upcoming match against Ireland, Netravalkar remains focused on performing well and helping the sport grow in the USA.

“We are not thinking about the rain. Ireland are a good side and we have to beat them. If our performances help the sport grow here and become part of the school and college curriculum, we will know we are on the right track,” Netravalkar concluded.

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Saurabh Netravalkar, USA's left-arm pace bowler, who has been making headlines in the T20 World Cup, shared his emotional experience of dismissing India's star batsman, Virat Kohli, for a first-ball duck. Netravalkar's journey from a cricketer in Mumbai to a coder for Oracle, and now a standout performer in international cricket, is nothing short of inspirational.

After his match-winning performance in the Super Over against Pakistan, Netravalkar continued to impress by taking the wickets of Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of India's cricketing stalwarts.

"It is difficult to explain that journey in a couple of sentences. It's been really very long. Back then, I had to take a practical call when I saw that my career as a cricketer in India wasn't really taking off because of the talent around. I got a chance to study in a reputed university here and it was a decision to pursue my other love, coding," Netravalkar said.

Despite his shift to a career in coding, his passion for cricket never waned. His performance against India brought him into the limelight, drawing the attention of both fans and media. Indian journalists even chose to skip a media interaction with Man of the Match Arshdeep Singh to speak with Netravalkar.

Netravalkar, who also plays the ukulele as a hobby, expressed his joy at being able to pursue both his passions. He mentioned the emotional significance of getting Kohli's wicket and the recognition from Indian players.

"I am just happy that I can pursue both my passions. It is all happening very fast and I am in the process of digesting it. These last two games were really high-profile," he added. "It was an emotional moment to get Virat's wicket. I was looking to hit off-stump and it worked out well."

He also reminisced about his past with Suryakumar Yadav and shared his gratitude for the encouragement from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

India's bowling coach Paras Mhambrey praised Netravalkar as an "inspiration" and emphasized the importance of persistence in achieving one's goals. As the USA team prepares for their upcoming match against Ireland, Netravalkar remains focused on performing well and helping the sport grow in the USA.

"We are not thinking about the rain. Ireland are a good side and we have to beat them. If our performances help the sport grow here and become part of the school and college curriculum, we will know we are on the right track," Netravalkar concluded.

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