‘Softies in question:
Vijay Beniwal - Test Lead, Dynamics Retail Team
Srini Santhanam – SDE II Online Services Division, Display Ads Dev
Samarth Shah - SDE II, Windows Phone Engineering
Srikanth Sundaragopalan - SDE II Online Services Division, Display Ads Dev
Cricket is one of the biggest team sports in the world with a staggering 100 million fans around the globe. Originally from England, the bat and ball game is especially popular in countries with former British influence such as India, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and Barbados.
While cricket remains a lesser-known sport in the United States, the sport is growing here and our country now ranks as one of the top 30 teams in the world. This is due in part to immigration from countries like India – where cricket is the most popular sport among its 1.2+ billion people.
The Microsoft Cricket Club now consists of four teams (blue, red, green and crimson jerseys) and the league has 22 teams across three divisions. MSCC has become not only a successful proving ground for members of the regional team (the Northwest Regional team won the National Championship last year), but a priceless part of many a Microsofties’ workday.
Microspotting sat down with four of our finest batsmen and bowlers to discuss balancing career with cricket at Microsoft.
Did you all grow up playing cricket since you were little kids?
Samarth: Of course. I think it was like that for all of us. When I had free time as a kid we were always playing cricket. I don’t really remember a time before we played cricket.
How important was the team in your decision to come to Microsoft?
Srikanth: Obviously, the work was the most important thing, but being able to continue to play competitive cricket was a huge factor. Cricket is still what we live for outside of work and family.
And it’s not just any old team here. When there are people, like Samarth, who are going on to play for the US National Team it shows how much you can achieve on this team. Cricket inspires us and the other players inspire us.