USA cricket crew, full of workplace employees, pulls off enormous upset over Pakistan

Do you consider in miracles?

One of many greatest upsets in sports activities historical past occurred Thursday when the USA defeated Pakistan within the T20 World Cup of cricket.

The match was determined in a brilliant over tiebreaker, with the U.S. beating Pakistan by 5 runs within the closing.

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America’ Saurabh Netravalkar celebrates after a win in an ICC males’s T20 World Cup cricket match in opposition to Pakistan on the Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, Thursday, June 6, 2024.  (AP Picture/Tony Gutierrez)

Maybe the celebrities and stripes had homefield benefit with the event being co-hosted by the USA. The matchup was in Grand Prairie, Texas.

However Pakistan is a cricket powerhouse. America, frankly, will not be. Actually, a number of the crew’s gamers in all probability needed to take paid time without work to even play within the event.

In keeping with Entrance Workplace Sports activities, one of many high U.S. gamers, Saurabh Netravalkar, is a principal engineer at Oracle who attended Cornell.

However that is only a day job. Now, he is a bowler (pitcher) on the worldwide stage.

Oracle even congratulated its worker, dubbing Netravalkar its “very personal engineering and cricket star.

USA cricket wins

America’ Saurabh Netravalkar, heart, celebrates with teammates after a win in an ICC males’s T20 World Cup cricket match in opposition to Pakistan on the Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, Thursday, June 6, 2024.  (AP Picture/Tony Gutierrez)

One other member of the crew, Ravi Timbawala, is a supervisor at Foothill Pharmacy in Rialto, California, based on his LinkedIn.

And, based on ESPN Cric Information, Nisarg Patel earned a grasp’s diploma in pharmaceutical science earlier than getting a job with a U.S. multinational pharmaceutical firm’s department in the UK.

That is type of just like the time an electrician from the Czech Republic struck out Shohei Ohtani in final yr’s World Baseball Basic. However a minimum of Japan gained that recreation, 10-2.

To place this into perspective, think about Pakistan beating Patrick Mahomes, Justin Jefferson, Myles Garrett and Christian McCaffery in a soccer recreation.

“Enjoying in opposition to Pakistan for the primary time within the World Cup and beating them, it was an unbelievable efficiency,” U.S. captain Monank Patel stated. “Beating Pakistan, you understand, it’s a giant achievement.”

USA cricket celebrating win

America’ Nitish Kumar, third proper, celebrates with teammates after taking the catch to dismiss Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed throughout an ICC males’s T20 World Cup cricket match between the USA and Pakistan on the Grand Prairie Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas, Thursday, June 6, 2024.  (AP Picture/Tony Gutierrez)

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Cricket has an extended however comparatively little-known historical past in the USA. It is the nationwide sport in Pakistan, a long-time member of the cricket institution and a three-time T20 World Cup finalist.

The U.S. shall be again in motion in opposition to India, one other cricket powerhouse, Wednesday. Pakistan and India, maybe the game’s greatest rivalry which pulls extra viewers than the Tremendous Bowl, will face off this weekend.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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