Satya Nadella, the Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, showcased his passionate commitment to cricket during the ICC Men's ODI World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand. Despite his responsibilities, Nadella stayed awake all night, just like millions of cricket enthusiasts, to witness the thrilling match.
Addressing the Microsoft Ignite 2023 developer conference in the US, Nadella humorously acknowledged the scheduling conflict, expressing his dedication by staying up all night to watch the game. He lightheartedly noted the fortunate timing of the conference's commencement just after the intense match concluded, highlighting the brevity of the game for the audience's benefit.
India's victory over New Zealand by 70 runs propelled them into the World Cup final, marking a significant moment for cricket enthusiasts, including Nadella, an ardent fan of the sport. His love for cricket stems from his childhood in India, where the game was one of his passions. Nadella has previously credited cricket for teaching him valuable lessons in teamwork and leadership, which he carries with him in his professional career.
With a history of playing competitive cricket as a member of his school's team, Nadella's fondness for Test cricket and his profound involvement in the sport continues. Earlier this year, he and the GMR Group led a consortium that acquired rights to own and operate a team in Major League Cricket (MLC), a newly established T20 franchise league in the United States, further solidifying his connection to the sport on a global stage.
(With Agency Inputs)