Eleven journalists avoid Indian POTM Arshdeep Singh's press conference for interview with American hero Saurabh Netravalkar

Saurabh Netrawalkar is the breakaway star of the American team in this T20 World Cup. After taking 2/18 against Pakistan, defending 18 against the Super Over and then dismissing Virat Kohli – for a golden duck – and Rohit Sharma in the next match, anyone would be. But what added to the rise in Netravalkar's shares was his India connection. The fact that he is a man of many talents – a software engineer at Oracle and a pretty decent ukulele player and singer, also adds to the charm.

USA's Saurabh Netravalkar celebrates dismissing Indian captain Rohit Sharma(ICC – X)

All these factors played a role in the decision of 11 journalists not to participate in the Indian training. Arshdeep SinghPost-match press conference to interview Netravalkar at the ICC mixed media zone. Arshdeep was the player of the match for his comeback with figures 4/9 in India's 7-wicket win over the USA.

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In addition to regular pre- and post-match press conferences, the ICC occasionally allows player access to a media zone. Netravalkar was the player available for the same on Wednesday and the covering journalists did not want to pass up the opportunity.

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Further evidence of cricket's growing popularity came from US head coach Stuart Law's post-match press conference. The duration of this was close to 11 minutes while Arshdeep's press meet lasted a little over four minutes.

The locals are definitely interested, and the performance of the American team at this World Cup is the main reason. Despite the narrow loss to India, they remain the favorites to qualify for the Super 8 stage. All they need to do is beat Ireland in their final league match. The weather gods are also in their favor.

The USA vs Ireland match is scheduled to take place in Florida, where it has been raining non-stop for the past few days and the forecast for the coming week isn't good either. If this match is abandoned, Ireland and USA will share the points and the latter will move to the Super 8 stage as the best score Pakistan can achieve is four points even if they win their final match against Canada .

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