How Cricket’s Saurabh Netravalkar Engineers Victory

He’s who your mom compares you to: star cricketer, Oracle engineer, Cornell grad. We asked him his secret to success.

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Saurabh Netravalkar of Team USA celebrates victory during the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 match with Pakistan at Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium on June 6, 2024 in Dallas, Texas (Matt Roberts-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Isha Banerjee


June 21, 2024


9 min

As India’s opening batters — captain Rohit Sharma and the iconic Virat Kohli — walked onto the pitch, the stadium was electric: Team USA was playing India at the T20 Cricket World Cup and everyone was on the edge of their seats.

Then, the commentator announced the opening bowler for Team USA: Saurabh Netravalkar. After America’s surprising win against Pakistan the previous week, spectators knew his name, his profession, and perhaps that he was already married. Unfazed by the expectations set before him, Netravalkar, on his second ball and Kohli’s first, got Kohli out. Jaws dropped. 

To add insult to injury, Netravalkar played cricket only part-time, while working full-time at Oracle as an engineer. For the last few weeks, there’s been only one question on everyone’s minds: how does he do it all?

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