Who is Saurabh Netravalkar: Software Engineer turns Super Over hero for USA vs Pakistan

T20 World Cup 2024: Saurabh Netravalkar finished with figures of 4-0-18-2 and bowled in the Super Over, helping the USA beat Pakistan in the Super Over at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.
Who is Saurabh Netravalkar: Software Engineer turns Super Over hero for USA vs Pakistan
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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 what he is capable of.

After the USA opted to field first, Netravalkar finished with figures of 4-0-18-2. He got the wickets of Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed as the USA restricted Pakistan to 159 for 7. Netravalkar's job did not end there as he was entrusted to bowl in the Super Over. With the USA needing to defend 18 runs in the one-over eliminator, Netravalkar did not give the Pakistan batters much to work with.

Netravalkar brought forth all his experience and restricted batters of the calibre of Shadab Khan, Iftikhar and Fakhar Zaman in the Super Over. The USA will be brimming with confidence as they went to the top of the table after beating both Canada and Pakistan. USA vs PAK, T20 World Cup: Highlights

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Who is Saurabh Netravalkar: Software Engineer turns Super Over hero for USA vs Pakistan

Netravalkar is a left-arm pacer who was born in Mumbai on October 16, 1991. He also featured for Mumbai in first-class cricket and has been good friends with Suryakumar Yadav.

Netravalkar, a 32-year-old left-arm fast bowler, has led a life that defies the conventional boundaries between sports and technology. Netravalkar's cricketing career began with great promise, representing India in the U-19 World Cup in 2010 alongside notable players like KL Rahul, Jaydev Unadkat, and Mayank Agarwal.

However, he soon found himself facing a lack of opportunities in the Indian cricket scene, leading him to pursue higher education in the United States

Netravalkar moved to the USA to study for a Master's degree in Computer Science at Cornell University. This marked the beginning of his dual life as both a professional cricketer and a software engineer. After completing his post-graduation, he landed a lucrative job with Oracle, a leading technology firm.

In 2019, Netravalkar made his international debut for the USA, quickly rising through the ranks to become the captain of the USA. He has been an opening bowler for the USA, comfortable with both the new ball and in the latter stages of limited-overs cricket. His experience playing for the Washington Freedom in the inaugural edition of Major League Cricket (MLC) has further honed his skills.

Source: India Today

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