Cassian Baliarsingh

Software engineer Saurabh Netravalkar has etched his name in history with a spellbinding performance that propelled his team, the USA to a stunning victory against Pakistan in Dallas in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. The Indian-born bowling sensation, who had shifted to the USA to fulfill his American IT dream, has now fulfilled his cricket dream, thanks to his stupendous bowling in the Super over. 

While defending 18 runs, the engineer-turned-cricketer defied all odds and shattered the expectations of the Pakistani team.

Interestingly, Saurabh played for team India at the 2010 U19 World Cup when the Blue Indian Army lost against Pakistan which Babar Azam was a part of. 14 years later, Saurabh, who is currently playing for the USA, helped his side beat Pakistan at the ongoing World Cup.

He was only 23 when he faced the pivotal choice between cricket dream and engineering. Ultimately, he opted to pursue a Masters in Computer Science degree at Cornwell University. During an interview, he said, “It was a very emotional decision for me to sort of leave cricket behind and come to the US to pursue higher education.”

He made a difficult decision and left his cricket behind. It was two years after his Mumbai Ranji Trophy debut in 2013, against Karnataka, including his India Under-19 teammate KL Rahul. Following his studies, he joined one of the best organizations, Oracle, and began his career as a software engineer.

Destiny had other plans and refused to let him give up on his dreams. A cricketer is a cricketer until the end. He discovered a way to reignite his passion for the game in the United States, eventually rising to captain the US national team.

Balancing his engineering job in San Francisco with cricket preparation poses a unique challenge compared to full-time professional cricketers in India. Despite this, Netravalkar manages it adeptly.

He said, “As a software engineer, coding takes up most of my time. Fortunately, the flexible timings allow me to work at my own pace.”

For Saurabh, cricket is not just about money; it's about passion and unfulfilled dreams. After years of hard work and dedication, he finally saw those dreams come true. This defines a true love for cricket, and we are really excited to see him doing well for his team.

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