Software Engineer and Former India u-19 cricketer Saurabh Netravalkar to lead US national team

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New Delhi : Even after joining Oracle as a software engineer, Netravalkar kept up his passion, driving six hours from San Francisco to Los Angeles during weekends.

Saurabh Netravalkar is an Indian-born American cricketer. He is a left-arm medium-fast bowler who has represented India under-19 team. He made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the 2013–14 Ranji Trophy on 22 December 2013.

The six-foot-tall left-arm seamer was India’s highest wicket-taker in the team’s ill-fated U-19 World Cup campaign in 2010. Two of his notable victims were England’s future captain Joe Root and Pakistan’s turbulent opener Ahmed Shehzad. Three years later, Netravalkar played his only Tabhi Trophy game for Mumbai against Karnataka and claimed three wickets.

Last month, life came full circle for Saurabh Netravalkar. The 27-year-old former Mumbai medium pacer, who had quit the game to study computer science in Cornell University, became the captain of the US national cricket team and now is mentioned as one of the best cricketer in US.

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