March 27, 2015
“Whatever I do, I always give my 100 percent,” Santhosh Verthanti said.
Verthanti, an MBA candidate in the WVU College of Business and Economics, is a multifaceted student. He solves IT issues as a graduate assistant in the B&E’s Information Technology Department. He is also a finalist in the 2014-2015 West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition (WV BPC), a member of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce and was a participant in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup for the Pittsburgh Chapter.
But he has also taken his extracurricular activities back to his childhood with the sport of cricket. As the sole B&E student on the WVU Cricket Club team, Verthanti competed alongside his fellow cricket enthusiasts in the American College Cricket Championship in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 11-16.
“I started playing cricket when I was about 10 years old, so I have been playing for about 14 years,” he said. “Everyone tries to get involved in cricket in India. Even if you don’t play, you follow it.”
The WVU Cricket Club team was ranked fourth in the nation, and the team advanced to the second round, but lost in a close game to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
“I was nervous because it was a new experience for me with the live-televised crew, but it was so great being able to see and play on the great fields,” Verthanti said. “It was an extraordinary experience that I had been waiting for over the last nine months. We put in our best effort, and even though it didn’t go in our favor, it was a wonderful experience.”
Verthanti is an international student from Hyderabad, India. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar in 2012, where he also played cricket and competed in the Inter IIT Sports Meet Cricket Championship.
Verthanti will compete in the final round of the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition on April 10, and will graduate with an MBA in August. Verthanti is currently seeking a business-related job in the United States to begin his career after graduation.
“The past nine months here [at WVU and in the United States] have been wonderful. I have had so many opportunities to do so many things,” he said. “I would love to work for at least another five years in the U.S., and during those five years, I would love to still be involved in cricket.”