As a child rising up in Mumbai, Saurabh Netravalkar at all times dreamt of enjoying for India. He was good at lecturers however cricket was the primary love for the Malad boy.
The hours spent bowling on the nets had paid off because the tall left-arm seamer scalped 30 wickets in the Cooch Behar Trophy in the 2008-09 season to interrupt into the India U-19 staff for World Cup 2010. India internationals Ok.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal had been his teammates then.
Despite being India’s leading wicket-taker in the ICC match in New Zealand, it took him three extra years to seek out a place in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy staff. A primary-class debut towards Karnataka and a three-wicket haul was not sufficient to cement his place in the facet.
By then, he had earned an engineering diploma from Sardar Patel Institute of Technology and in 2015, when he received a chance to pursue a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at Cornell University in New York, he determined to maneuver on. “I had to be a little practical, I wasn’t making it at the first-class level and you have to look for a plan B,” Netravalkar defined.
He thought his cricketing ambitions had been over. “I did not even carry my kits with me. I always loved to study and was interested in Computer Science. So when I got the opportunity to study, I moved to the US.”
Being a true Mumbaikar, it was not simple to begin afresh. In a nation the place cricket remains to be a area of interest sport, Netravalkar needed to depend on the tv or browse the Internet to maintain a tab on cricketing affairs. He referred to as up former U-19 teammates Mayank and Karun Nair (India gamers by then) to talk, however by no means in his desires, did he take into consideration marking his bowling run-up sooner or later.
Cut to 2020. It’s a shiny and sunny January morning and Netravalkar is coaching on the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana in Kandivali along with his staff-mates from USA.
The USA cricket staff is ready to journey to Kathmandu for a tri-nation collection, and the previous Mumbai pacer is the captain. “I always tell them about the Mumbai cricketing culture, which teaches you to not give up. I want to imbibe that spirit in the team.” the engineer stated.
In his youthful days, he would practice on the similar facility in Kandivali. “It’s a pretty nostalgic to be back where I grew up playing cricket. And obviously, to represent a nation is a pride in itself. It’s like a second chance that life gave me,” he stated.
How it began once more
“When I joined the college, I realised there is something called American College Cricket and inter-college tournaments. After college studies were over, I joined Oracle and moved to San Francisco. When I moved there, my coach in Mumbai (Sangram Sawant) hooked me up with a club there, and that’s how it started,” Netravalkar reminisced.
By 2018, he was eligible to characterize the USA after the ICC lowered the minimal residency for eligibility from 4 years to a few. “That was a great opportunity,” stated the 28-year-previous.
He didn’t should look again. And now, as captain of the USA, he needs to make his presence felt. There hasn’t been any wanting again since and now, because the captain of the USA, he plans to make his presence felt.