Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook landed in Kanpur to get a taste of an IPL cricket match between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders, here this evening on invitation from League chairman Rajeev Shukla.
“I had personally invited Cook to watch an IPL match and I am glad that he has accepted my invitation,” Shukla told PTI on Thursday.
During the first innings, Cook spoke to Alan Wilkins and said, “This is incredibly exciting, it’s my first cricket game. I’m hooked to it! The talent here in India is huge. We want to tap into the iOS ecosystem.”
Finally he was asked three areas of success that youngsters should focus on, the Apple CEO said, “Three areas of success: Do what you love, put your heart into it and enjoy what you do.”
The Apple CEO is on a four-day visit to India where he is expected to meet a host of political leaders, industrialists and top celebrities.
The 55-year-old Cook landed in Mumbai and paid a visit to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple.
He had also dropped in at a private party organised by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is also the owner of Kolkata Knight Riders.
“I am here to learn how business is done, learn what people are interested in, learn what is changing. I feel like I have learnt a lot, but I have got a lot to learn. I do want to go and watch a cricket match, that’s high on my schedule,” Cook told NDTV.
The top executive kicked off his India visit on Wednesday with a morning prayer at Siddhivinayak temple where he reportedly had a chance meeting with Mukesh Ambani’s younger son, Anant.
Cook is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week.
Steve Jobs, who was predecessor to Cook, had also visited India as a teenager, much before co-founding what is now a multi-billion dollar tech giant.
Jobs, then in his teens, came to India with a hippie mindset along with a friend, Dan Kottke, after dropping out of college.
Apple is now betting big on the Indian market, which has seen sales of its iconic iPhone growing 56 per cent in the first three months of 2016.
Among the fastest-growing handset markets globally, India has recently surpassed the US to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market after China.
Cook has already met ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar and executive directors during a closed-door meeting.
He also met Vodafone India chief Sunil Sood.
Cook is scheduled to meet Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of India’s largest mobile operator, Bharti Airtel, on Friday.
Tim Cook ceo ofApple is coming to KANPUR to watch IPL game on my invitation he is most welcome
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) 19 May 2016
Apple IPL 10 ??
— R SRIDHAR (@coach_rsridhar) 19 May 2016