Saurabh Netravalkar’s Dual Journey: Balancing Cricket Glory and A Career At Oracle
By CricShots - Jun 8, 2024 7:03 pm
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Saurabh Netravalkar’s incredible Super Over performance against Pakistan has captured the attention of the cricketing world. By restricting Babar Azam’s side to just 13 runs, Netravalkar played a pivotal role in securing a historic win for the USA at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. This remarkable achievement has also brought to light Netravalkar’s impressive balancing act, as he holds an important position at Oracle while pursuing his cricketing career.

Saurabh Netrvalkar
Saurabh Netrvalkar

Discussing how he manages both his office responsibilities and cricket, Saurabh Netravalkar highlighted the support he receives from his employers. He shared that his bosses at Oracle are very understanding and allow him to work remotely on match days.

While he is excused from work during games, he ensures to attend necessary project meetings and fulfill his professional duties whenever required. At 32 years old, Netravalkar finds joy in both his career as a coder and his passion for cricket, which helps him manage the dual responsibilities without feeling overwhelmed.

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“I have never felt the pressure. When you love something, it is never a job for you. So when I am out there on the field, I love bowling and trying to out-think a batter. When I am coding, I love doing that and hence it never feels like work,” Saurabh Netravalkar shared in an interview with India Today.


He further elaborated on the flexibility provided by his workplace, stating, “The best part is that I have very supportive bosses at Oracle, and I am allowed to work remotely when I am on tour, playing for the United States. On match days, I am excused from work, but there are scheduled project meetings that require my presence, and I adjust my practice schedule accordingly. I would also like to thank the US Cricket board for their flexibility when I have meetings lined up.”

Netravalkar also revealed that there have been occasions when he logged in for meetings during lunch breaks of local club matches. He emphasized that his colleagues at Oracle are aware of his cricketing commitments and are supportive of his dual career.

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“I can tell you that when I play local matches or club games in the United States, I have often logged in for a meeting during the lunch break, and people have been very accommodating. At Oracle, they all know by now that I play cricket, and everyone is happy to support. I work in team Oracle Text, primarily as a coder, focusing on SQL and C programming languages,” Saurabh Netravalkar explained.

This unique balance between his professional and sporting life underscores Netravalkar’s dedication and passion for both fields, showcasing his ability to excel in diverse areas.