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Indian-born American is the new captain of US national cricket team

Saurabh Netravalkar

New Delhi, 05/Oct/2018 (UITV) - Saurabh Netravalkar, an Indian born American is the new captain of United States national cricket team. He was India’s highest wicket-taker in the team’s U-19 World Cup campaign in 2010.


To study computer science in Cornell University, Saurabh quitted the game in India. He is an engineering graduate form Sardar Patel Institute of Technology in Mumbai, from where he took GRE and TOEFL to attend Master's.


After going to Cornell, he padded up again to rediscover his passion. His hardwork has helped him to reach such a great position. "On Friday, I used to leave a little early from office with a fellow player and drive to LA. We would play a 50-over game in LA on Saturday. Then we would drive back in the night and play a 50-over game in San Francisco on Sunday. It was back to work on Monday. I put in a lot of effort which was noticed by the selectors. I got picked this January when I became eligible for national selection," he says.


He travelled six hours from San Francisco to Los Angeles during weekends for playing cricket, even after getting the job as a software engineer in Oracle.
“I gave two years full-time to cricket but felt I wasn’t making it to the next level,” he told TOI. Saurabh didn't expect his future as to be a captain.
Next week, US national cricket team are moving to Oman to play which will be a qualifier for the 2023 ODI World Cup.