Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is found of cricket as much as other Indians love. However, when asked between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli who is his favorite, the business tycoon was left in a confusing situation like another cricket fanatic.
In a conversation with Microsoft India, President Anant Maheshwari asked Nadella to choose between Kohli and Tendulkar.
“This is like picking religions. I would say Sachin yesterday, Virat today,” said Nadella.
Nadella’s love for cricket and the men who represent the game is quite obvious in his book ‘Hit Refresh’ where he has beautifully mentioned about how the game has impacted his professional and personal life.
“No matter where I am, this beautiful game is always in the back of my mind. The joy, the memories, the drama, the complexities, and the ups and downs – the infinite possibilities,” Nadella has written in his book.
He also mentioned how the gentlemen game has infused many positive traits in him including teamwork, competitiveness, passion, etc. While Speaking to Maheswari, he also mentioned the meet he had with Anil Kumble who has a startup, Spektacom Technologies.
The technology features with qualities like sensor fitted bats, quality data, swing, power on a real-time basis. The data can be analyzed by players, coaches, trainers so as to better their performance.
“…he was kind enough to let me take a ball and hit it for a six, which is the only time I got to do it in life, live my dream,” Nadella said.
Asked about his favorite subject in school, Nadella surprised many in the audience when he said, “history”.
“I always think of coding is like poetry, it’s just compact expression. So I think coding can inspire you, in both liberal arts as well as in the sciences, to really make a difference,” he said.
The 52-year old tycoon Nadella stated in the excitement that he would want to read all the books he had bought,
“…if I could read all the books I bought. I’d be so much better off. That’s why I am so excited about natural language progress because that’s what I need,” he said.