5 Indian domestic players who switched to the United States
Several domestic cricketers who didn't get a chance to play for their national side decide to take the step.
Updated - Jul 16, 2021 10:43 am
Playing international cricket isn’t as easy as people think it is. You have to be better than the best in order to represent your nation. Due to the heavy competition, not every talented cricketer is lucky enough to play at the highest level.
This forces them to leave their country and settle in another country in the pursuit of playing international cricket. We have seen several individuals who have their roots in one nation but play for another nation. Several domestic cricketers who don’t get a chance to play for their national side decide to do so.
Of late, we have seen USA cricket acquire the services of a lot of cricketers from other parts of the world. This includes the likes of Corey Andersen and Sami Aslam. However, there are several Indian domestic cricketers who have now switched to the States.
In the article, we shall be taking a look at 5 Indian domestic players who switched to the United States:
1) Saurabh Netravalkar
The Mumbai-born Saurabh Netravalkar has even led the USA in a match! Who would have imagined that the former U-19 cricketer from India would go on to establish himself as a USA cricketer? However, before this, he represented India in the U-19 World Cup in 2009.
He was India’s best bowler in that edition as well. He went on to pick 9 wickets with a bowling average and economy of 17.22 and 3.11 respectively. This included the wickets of players like Joe Root, Ahmed Shehzad, and Hasmatullah Shahidi.
Four years later, he played a Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai. Post all of this, he made his debut for the USA in 2019 and played 21 games for them. He then eventually led the country to ODI status in April 2019.