From India to USA: The “Indians” Who Stunned Pakistan at the T20 World Cup

The USA’s shocking victory over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup wasn’t orchestrated by Americans, but by a team of talented cricketers with deep Indian roots. Here’s a closer look at the men who wrote history:

Monank Patel (Captain): The Ahmedabad-born skipper led by example with a half-century and his astute captaincy. He coaches cricket lessons to diaspora kids, fostering a love for the game in the USA.

Saurabh Netravalkar: A talented left-arm seamer, Netravalkar impressed in his youth but couldn’t break through in India’s competitive cricket scene. He excelled academically, earning a scholarship to Cornell University. Now, he’s a techie at Oracle by day and a cricket hero by night.

Harmeet Singh: This former U-19 prodigy had a troubled past in India. After migrating to the USA, he rediscovered his form, becoming a consistent performer for the national team.

Nosthush Kenjige: A Tamil-American with a fascinating journey, Kenjige began as a pacer before switching to spin. He pursued bio-medical engineering but fate (and his mom!) brought him back to cricket in the USA.

Milind Kumar: A promising player in Delhi, Milind couldn’t quite break into the Ranji Trophy scene. He migrated to the USA post-pandemic and impressed in domestic tournaments, earning a spot in the national team.

Nitish Kumar: This youngster holds a unique record: playing in a World Cup match at the age of 16 for Canada. He now finds himself celebrating another World Cup moment, hitting the winning boundary for the USA.

Jaspreet “Jessy” Singh: Born in the USA but raised in Punjab, Jessy embodies dedication. He tirelessly honed his skills and is now a crucial part of the USA’s pace attack.

These “Indian” Americans, driven by talent, perseverance, and a second chance, have etched their names in cricketing history. Their victory is a testament to the power of dreams and the global spirit of cricket.

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