Saurabh Netravalkar Missed Becoming A Star For KKR! An Interesting Story Came To Light

Sangeeta Viswas
5 days ago

Saurabh Netravalkar Missed Becoming A Star For KKR! An Interesting Story Came To Light. T20 World Cup 2024 has been all about the fiery pace of American bowler Saurabh Netravalkar.

His brilliant performance in the Super Over against Pakistan has everyone talking. But did you know Saurabh almost became a star for the IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)?

Mumbai Boy, American Cricketer

Born in Mumbai, Saurabh played domestic cricket for Mumbai and even represented India at the U-19 level.

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However, he then moved to the US to pursue his engineering studies. Today, he’s a software engineer by day and a star cricketer for Team USA!

The Chance to Play for KKR

Back in 2008, after the first IPL season, KKR held some trials in Mumbai. Saurabh participated and impressed everyone with his fast bowling. The KKR staff even recommended signing him, even if he wouldn’t play immediately.

But Saurabh Chose Differently

Here’s the surprising twist! Saurabh actually rejected KKR’s offer at the time. He was focused on his exams and prioritized his studies over cricket.

What if Saurabh Joined KKR?

If Saurabh had become a Knight Rider in 2009, he could have been a massive star for them today. Maybe he would have even gotten a chance to play for the Indian senior team!

Moving to the US in 2015

In 2015, Saurabh received an offer for a Master’s degree at Cornell University in New York, leading him to move to the US. Initially, he played cricket for fun, but in 2018, he made his List-A debut for the US. This marked the start of his journey to the American national cricket team.

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Saurabh: A Star Bowler for the USA Today

Even though he didn’t play for KKR, Saurabh has carved his own path in cricket with Team USA. He’s one of their star bowlers now, and the T20 World Cup 2024 has been a fantastic showcase of his talent.

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