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    Soccer dreams: What’s common between Sundar Pichai & Ambareesh Murty?

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    For Barcelona fans, nothing can come in the way of a Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool.

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    Both Sundar Pichai (L) & Ambareesh Murty are huge Barcelona fans.
    For fans of football club Barcelona, nothing can come in the way of a Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool. Not even a highly-anticipated developers’ conference that happens once a year.

    Just ask Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who wrapped up his keynote I/O speech in an hour and 45 minutes in order to catch the match. At the start of his speech in May, Pichai said, “We’re going to keep the keynote to under two hours because Barcelona kicks off against Liverpool at noon. It should be an amazing game.”

    Surprised? Pepperfry chief Ambareesh Murty isn’t. Murty, who is himself a huge Barcelona fan, says he would have done the same given a chance.

    “I completely understand where he’s coming from,” he said. “Let me put it this way: If Green Day were having a concert in Mumbai, which I was about to attend, I would try and work my calendar around that, so I would have (ample) time to get to the concert.”

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    ​From Cricket To The Corner Office

    Pichai Sundararajan, who turns 47 today, has had a tough year. From Google being at the receiving end of flak and employee protests for its handling of sexual misconduct allegations, to the tech world's most-feared issue, privacy, haunting the company, the tech boss - who goes Sundar Pichai - has had his hands full.

    The Chennai-born CEO, often considered among the Valley's best bosses, even failed to make the top ten on Forbes reputable CEO list - where he had managed to shine in 2018.

    But despite the turbulence, Pichai still remains among India's favourite techies - as was evident with the buzz he created when he recently hung out with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar at the India-England World Cup match. Whether it was his attire that Twitter-happy Indians related to as 'down-to-earth', or him quoting MS Dhoni in reply to Tendulkar's tweet - Pichai won hearts on the microblogging platform.

    Now hanging out with the God of cricket, decades ago a younger-Pichai used to idolise the legend.

    A self-proclaimed cricket-buff, the IITian (he graduated with a B.E degree with honours in metallurgical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993), who counts Sunil Gavaskar and Tendulkar among his favourite players, even dreamed of playing the game professionally while growing up.


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