The U.S. Cricket Team is Here to Stay

A group of dreamers and part-timers beat some of the world’s best. We asked them how they did it.

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USA players celebrate after defeating Pakistan in a super over during the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup at Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium on June 6, 2024 in Dallas, Texas (Matt Roberts-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Isha Banerjee


June 12, 2024


10 min

In the Oscar-nominated Lagaan (2001), after playing for days, ceding over 300 runs, and losing their best batters, a group of villagers who had never played a cricket match finally beat their far more experienced English opponents in a harrowing game. David had triumphed over Goliath. On June 6, 2024, life mirrored art when a team of mostly part-time cricketers, many on H-1B visas, emerged victorious against cricket powerhouse Pakistan. 

After the game, Indian actor Boman Irani even asked, “Who are these guys?”

They’re Team USA, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

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