Shashi Tharoor comments on ’Akhand Bharat’ team at T20 World Cup 2024, ’Indian H1B team’

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has commented on the presence of large number of cricketers of Indian, Sri lankan and Pakistnai origin in the USA cricket team of T20 World Cup 2024

Livemint, Written By Sharmila Bhadoria
Published8 Jun 2024, 10:43 AM IST
USA's Saurabh Netravalkar (R) celebrates after the dismissal of  Pakistan's Iftikhar Ahmed (C) in a super over during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between the USA and Pakistan. Recently, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor commented on USA's T20 World Cup team because of the presence of significant number of Indian-origin players in USA team.
USA’s Saurabh Netravalkar (R) celebrates after the dismissal of Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed (C) in a super over during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between the USA and Pakistan. Recently, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor commented on USA’s T20 World Cup team because of the presence of significant number of Indian-origin players in USA team.(AFP)

The unexpectedly impressive performance of the USA team in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cricket tournament has received admiration on social media. However, what caught the internet's attention was the presence of many Indian-origin players in the US team. The USA team's top 11 have cricketers born in India and even UK. Recently, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor made an interesting comment about the US cricket team, mentioning the HIB visa.

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“As some brilliant wag also put it: Not the Indian A team, not the Indian B team, but the Indian H1B team!,” wrote Shashi Tharoor on X.

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He made the post in response to another X post: "This USA World Cup team has Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans and even a Nepali. Never in my wildest imaginations did I think I’d see a USA team that represents Akhand Bharat.”

Notably, the USA's cricket team has members from multiple origins, including Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India. Nearly five USA cricket team members were born in India, two are Pakistanis, and three are British. The diverse roots of the team members have sparked a meme fest on social media, with users sharing hilarious posts on H-1b visas.

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Team India has been placed in Group A of the ICC T20 World Cup tournament along with teams of Ireland, Canada, Pakistan, and the USA. Interestingly, Team Canada and Team USA have several players of Indian origin, including Saurabh Netravalkar, Monank Patel, Harmeet Singh, Dilpreet Bajwa, Ravinderpal Singh.

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In Friday's match, the newcomer team, USA defeated Pakistan in a super over. The conclusion of the match left the cricketing community in Pakistan stunned and in disbelief. The match was held at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas and concluded in a cliff hanger situation where both the teams made same score. The winner of the match was decided based on Super Over.

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The newcomers USA performed well in the Super Over registering a spectacular victory against former World Cup champions Pakistans. Both the teams ended the game at the same score in normal play at Dallas' Grand Prairie Stadium.

 

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