Ivy League degree, job at Oracle, cricket career: Saurabh Netravalkar is every desi kid's nightmare | Tendency

Over the past few days, cricket fans in India have found a new idol in Saurabh Netravalkar, the Mumbai-born fast bowler who is representing Team USA in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup. Netravalkar's remarkable career journey has left many envious: not only has the 32-year-old followed his passion for cricket, but he is also a software engineer who coded his way to American citizenship.

Saurabh Netravalkar of USA celebrates dismissing Indian captain Rohit Sharma during their Group A match during the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.(ANI/Surjeet Yadav)

Netravalkar previously represented the Mumbai cricket team, completed his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Mumbai and later did a master's degree from the Ivy League Cornell University of the United States. In 2013, he developed an app called CricDeCode to help cricketers analyze their performance on the field. For the past eight years, he has worked in the IT technology company Oraclewhere he is currently one of the main members of the technical staff.

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On top of all that – a career as a technician, a green card and playing cricket at the national level – Netravalkar He also happens to be an accomplished musician. A video of him playing the ukulele has made the rounds on the Internet.

Considering all his various achievements, it's no wonder that the technical cricketer is hailed as every desi parent's dream child (and every Indian child's worst nightmare).

Social media users have taken to calling him “Sharma ji ka ladka” – a well-known Indian internet shorthand for an overachiever.

Netravalkar yesterday added another feather to his cap with India's superstar batters Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the first two overs of the India vs USA clash at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York. This remarkable feat has led many fans to call on Oracle to give the cricket player a salary increase.

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