Virat Kohli’s first-ever golden duck at T20 World Cups: USA pacer Saurabh Netravalkar achieves huge feat in India vs USA game

Indian-born USA pacer Saurabh Netravalkar Saurabh Netravalkar is having the tournament of his life in the current edition of the T20 World Cup 2024.

After starring with the ball in the USA’s historic win over Pakistan earlier in the tournament, the fast bowler has now dismissed Virat Kohli on Wednesday. India and USA have locked horns at the Nassau County Stadium in their third game at the T20 World Cup 2024. 

Walking out to chase 111, Indian openers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were unaware of the storm that was about to hit them! The ‘Saurabh Netravalkar’ storm!

Virat Kohli’s first golden duck in T20 World Cups

The Indian star’s poor form continued at the T20 World Cup 2024, as he went down in the very first ball he faced on Wednesday. Kohli, who is appearing in his fifth T20 World Cup this time, achieved an unwanted record against the USA as for the first time in the tournament’s history, he got out for a golden duck.

Saurabh Netravalkar comes back to haunt India?

After being rejected within the Indian domestic circuit on numerous occasions, Saurabh Netravalkar shifted to the United States in pursuit of a stable career, keeping cricket in the fray.

As it turns out, Netravalkar spearheaded the USA pace attack in the T20 World Cup 2024. Facing his birth-nation India, Netravalkar lived arguably the moment of his life, on a cricket pitch.

The 32-year-old left-armer scripted history by becoming the first bowler to dismiss Virat Kohli on a golden duck in a T20 World Cup match. Indian star batter was left perplexed on the field, as Netravalkar dismissed him on the very first ball.

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What is a ‘Golden Duck’ in Cricket?

A batter who has been dismissed in the very first ball he or she has faced is said to have been dismissed for a Golden Duck.

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How have fans reacted to Saurabh Netravalkar’s heroics against India?

Fans have lauded the efforts and the life story of Saurabh Netravalkar. He dismissed Virat Kohli for a golden duck and had outdone Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on the seventh ball from Kohli’s dismissal. 

Saurabh Netravalkar gets Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma in the space of 7 balls. Indian U-19 player, moved to USA, Working in Oracle & taking two biggest Superstars in the biggest stage. A story to remember in Cricket history, a user tweeted.

Speaking about Netravalkar’s life story, a user on X revealed about his peculiar landmarks in life. The user revealed that Saurabh scored 91% in his class 10 exams, and was a part of the school choir. He also talked about Netravalkar’s long-standing dream of playing for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy side.

Found an interview I’d done with Saurabh Netravalkar in 2009. He’d just scored 91% in his 10th exams, was singing in a choir & dreaming of a long Ranji career with Mumbai. Here he is 15 years on, knocking over Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli in T20 World Cup match. Life, I tell you, a Twitter user revealed. 

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