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Cricket Fan Nadella Stays Up All Night Then Goes On Stage For Speech

Cricket Fan Nadella Stays Up All Night Then Goes On Stage For Speech

SEATTLE, WA (IANS) – Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella on November 15 stayed glued to the screens all night, just like millions of other fans, to witness India’s win against New Zealand in the nail-biting ICC Men’s ODI World Cup semi-final.

While addressing the Microsoft Ignite 2023 developer conference in the US, Nadella said he stayed up all night to watch the match.

“Little did we know when we scheduled Ignite that we will schedule it on the day when there is World Cup semi-final going on, in cricket,” Nadella said after arriving on the stage.

“And I’ve been up all night, but it finished five minutes ago. I am glad it did. This is the short version of the game, by the way,” he added.

Nadella, an avid cricket fan, has previously stated that as a child in India, cricket was one of his “passions,” and that “playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career”.

He played competitive cricket as a member of his school’s team and enjoys watching Test cricket.

Earlier this year, the GMR Group (co-owners of Delhi Capitals) and Nadella and GMR Group-led consortium bagged the rights to own and operate a team in Major League Cricket (MLC), a new T20 franchise league in the US.

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  • Dear Satya Nadella garu:
    I admire your continued passion for cricket.
    Having been in the U.S. for fifty three years with no access to cricket, my passion for cricket faded. During my stay in Hyderabad, 1949-1956–I played street cricket with friends such as Abid Ali who later became India’s opening batsman. Later, when I worked for CSIR in New Delhi, I was selected to be on CSIR’s Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Memorial cricket team and played at the annual tournaments at NCL, Poona, and CLRI, Madras; I even sported a blazer with the CSIR logo.
    Now, I am a retired professor of English, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah; in my retirement I moved away from scholarly pursuits to creative indulgence–my passion, writing poetry. As a fellow Telugu, I am enthralled when a fellow Telugu such as a you have achieved eminence. In fact, I got in touch with Dr. Nagendra Prasad of Warangal, who was Counsel General in San Francisco, was appointed India’s ambassador to Kazaksthan. I wrote him a letter congragulating him. He was kind enough to send a warm response.
    With your interest in poetry, you may be interested in my collection that I dedicated to my students all over the world, “Then and Now; Far and Wide,” as also my memoir ” An Unknown Self-made Telugu Immigrant Looks Back,” that has poems, essays, published by Authorspress, New Delhi; In the U.S.I have copies for sale (moorty@emeriti.suu.edu). Prior to that my book “Passage from India: Essays, Poems, Stories” was published in London, England.
    Believe it or not, I have tried to get in touch with with you through e-mail. I didn’t have access.
    This write up has given an opportunity.
    Chala thanks. Mee familyki na blessings. Mee abbayiki birth problems antha solve iyendani thalusthunu. Mee andariki Venkateswara swamivari deevanalu.
    Chaala santoshamu.
    Satyam Sikha Moorty

    November 16, 2023

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