'Come home': Saurabh Netravalkar viral meme after Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma wickets in India vs USA T20 World Cup match

Saurabh Netravalkar produced a dream spell against the country of his birth in USA's T20 World Cup 2024 match against India in New York on Sunday. The software engineer, who works at Oracle, dismissed Indian superstar batters Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in his first two overs in the powerplay as he shook the Indian top order in their 110-run defense in a match in the group A on Thursday. The 30-year-old's fiery spell impressed not only American cricket fans but also those of India, who praised the former India U19 bowler's efforts against the Asian giants.

Saurabh Netravalkar produced a terrific effort with the new ball after being saddled with the responsibility of opening the attack against India. The left-arm fast bowler, 30, didn't take much time as he dismissed Virat Kohli with the first delivery he bowled to the Indian great. Netravalkar, coming over the wicket, knocked the ball away from Kohli. The Indian batter pushed on the delivery and was caught for 0.

Saurabh Netravalkar became the first bowler to dismiss Virat Kohli for a golden duck in the history of the ICC tournament. Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck for only the second time in his T20I career.

Netravalkar got his former Mumbai teammate Rohit Sharma in his second over when he played a slower one to deceive the Indian captain. Netravalkar was elated as he pumped the air and celebrated the big wicket as India slipped to 10 for 2 in the third over. Netravalkar silenced a partisan mob that supported Rohit Sharma and his men.

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The meme makers had a field day recalling the journey of Netravalkar who played for India U19 and domestic cricket before moving to the United States where he renewed his love for the sport.

Notably, Netravalkar's double blow on Wednesday came days after he told India Today that he was looking forward to playing against Rohit and Kohli in the much-anticipated match against the United States. He had caught the the attention of the cricketing world after his winning spell and a dream Super Over againnstPakistan.

India were in trouble at the end of the 10-over mark as they managed only 47 and lost 3 wickets. India lost their best batter of the tournament, Rishabh Pant, to one who stayed low in front of Ali Khan.

The story of Saurabh Netravalkar is a wild adventure. The left-arm pacer played for India in the U19 World Cup in 2010. He broke into the senior national team in Mumbai in 2013. However, lack of opportunities made him decide to put cricket on the back burner and focus on his work as a software engineer. . After receiving a tempting offer from a major technology company in the United States, Netravalkar moved to America where his love for sports was rekindled.

Explaining his call to abandon his cricket trip to India and move to the United States, Netravalkar told India Today: “I trained hard with everyone's support, I joined the Mumbai team. I played for two seasons, but realized at the end of the second year, I was in and out of the team and not making it to the next stage, like the senior Indian team or an IPL contract. So I thought if I don't make it to the next level, I should pursue my other passion. It was really emotional for me to leave cricket and come here. I then thought it was the most practical decision,” he added.

However, not everything went as planned for Netravalkar in the costly match in New York. The left-arm pacer dropped his former Mumbai teammate Suryakumar Yadav's catch as the T20I's No. 1 batter hit 22 in the 13th over.

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Akshay Ramesh

Published on:

June 12, 2024

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