The Indian-American CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai has come out with his names of the teams who will be playing in the Cricket World Cup 2019. Of course, these are just his predictions but it also denotes that almost every Indian irrespective of where he lives now, is keenly watching the ‘men in blue’ on the field.
Pichai Predicts England and India Finals For ICC World Cup 2019
Pichai has predicted that England and India will most probably clash in the finals of the ICC World Cup this year. He is rooting for the Indian team to win the cup and describes himself as a passionate cricket fan.
The CEO of California-based IT giant said that when he shifted to the US, he thought baseball to be quite challenging. The 46-year-old Indian-born CEO said, “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 was expressing his opinion in front of a large Washington audience that also included topmost corporate executives from both India and the US and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The topmost executives had gathered for the India Ideas Summit of USIBC where Pichai was awarded the Global Leadership Award.
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Pichai Reveals How He Tried To Adapt To Baseball Initially
While replying to a question from the USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal, “Who do you think is going to play the final match” Pichai gave the above reply. The Google CEO reminisced the early days when he came to the United States saying, “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.”
He further said, “ In cricket when you run, you always take your bat with you. So I also ran between the base with my bat as well. So eventually, I realized baseball was a bit difficult. I can adjust to many things, but I’m going to stick to cricket.”
Talking about the current world cup, Pichai 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.”