Like any other Indian cricket fan Sundar Pichai, CEO Google is rooting for the Men in Blue this season of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and has also predicted the clash of England and India in the finals.
Residing in the US for many now Pichai described himself as a passionate cricket fan, and shared how he found baseball a bit challenging initially when he moved to the states.
“It (ICC Cricket World Cup final match) should be (between) England and India. But, you know, Australia and New Zealand, these are all very, very good teams,” Pichai told a Washington audience that included US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top corporate executives from India and the US during the India Ideas Summit of USIBC wherein he received the Global Leadership Award on Wednesday.
He was replying to USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal who asked “who do you think is going to play the final match”.
Sharing more about his journey with adapting to the US sport baseball he said, “When I first came here, I tried to kind of adapt to baseball. I have to say it was a bit challenging. In my first game, I was proud because I hit the ball on the back. It’s a really good shot in cricket. I was like, well look, what I did. But people didn’t appreciate it.”
“In cricket when you run, you always take your bat with you. So I also ran between base with my bat as well. So eventually, I realised baseball was a bit difficult. I can adjust on many things, but I’m going to stick to cricket,” he said.
“There is a cricket World Cup going on. It’s a wonderful tournament… rooting for India to do well. But there’s a lot at stake here,” Pichai said.
Well, story of just every Indian cricket fan!