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By on July 15, 2018

Rapture of returning back in T20 Internationals

Nepal — An associate with uncountable crowd and fans following returning back in T20 Internationals after July 2015.

Nepal was previously successful to gain T20 Internationals status on 28 June 2014 from the International Cricket Council (ICC). ICC awarded this status to Nepal after Nepal took part and performed exceptionally well in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Nepal had already played 3 T20 Internationals before they had T20 Internationals status, as ICC had earlier announced that all the matches at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 would have full T20 Internationals status. Nepal was to lose the status in July 2015 after remaining unsuccessful to qualify for the next ICC World Twenty20.

Rapture of returning back in T20 Internationals doesn’t even make me stop and dull to state the following information ahead of you.

Nepal played their first ever T20I series against Hong Kong in November of 2014 in Sri Lanka. ICC scheduled 3 matches for the series but due to the bad rain and poor condition of the ground, only one match was played as the decider match of the series. Nepal lost this decider match but Sompal Kami remains successful to create a World record — probably unbreakable. He put in the impressive performance by scoring 40 runs off 31 balls, coming in at No. 10. This is the world record for the highest score made by any batsman at that position in T20I.

Nepal has played 3 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers; in 2012,2013 and 2015 A.D. Nepal finished in the 7th place in 2012 and 12th place in 2015 where they were unsuccessful to qualify for the coming ICC World Twenty20. In 2013, they finished as the 3rd place to qualify for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Nepal finished the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in the group stage winning 2 matches and losing 1 match out of 3 matches.

Nepal defeated Afghanistan and Hong Kong and self-defeated by Bangladesh in the tournament. Both Bangladesh and Nepal won 2-2 matches out of 3 each after Bangladesh lost to Hong Kong in the last match of the group stage. Due to having higher Net Run Rate than that of Nepal, Bangladesh qualified for the next round.

Nepal had taken part in ACC Twenty20 Cup 4 times. In 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 A.D., they finished in the group stage, 5th position, 4th position and as Runners-up respectively. They didn’t participate in the 2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup.

Nepal played 11 T20Is in the period of having T20 International status for the first time. They won 3 matches and lost the remaining 8 matches out of those 11 matches. Their winning percentage was 27.27 % according to those records. They played their first ever T20I match against of Hong Kong on 16 March 2014 in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.

They played their second and third T20I matches with Bangladesh and Afghanistan respectively on 18 March 2014 and 20 March 2014 respectively in the same tournament. They had played each match with Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Ireland and Papua New Guinea yet where they had won only with Afghanistan. They had played 3 matches with Hong Kong and 4 matches with the Netherlands where they had won only match with Hong Kong and lost the remaining and won only match with the Netherlands too and lost the remaining.

Their highest innings total was 149/8 playing their full quota against of Hong Kong in their very first match, in Chittagong. They performed unexpected performance with Ireland scoring just 53 runs being all-out in just 14.3 over. This is their lowest innings total. The match was on 12 July 2013 at Belfast. Their greatest win margin by runs is 80 runs against Hong Kong in Chittagong where Nepal 149/8 beat the opponent 69 a-o. Their greatest win by wickets is 3 wickets against the Netherlands on 3 July 2015 at Rotterdam where Nepal 141/7 beat the host 139/7.

Subash Khakurel is one of the two Nepali players to have half-century in T20Is. He is the highest individual run scorer from Nepal i.e. 56 Runs (against Afghans). The next player following him is Nepali National Cricket Team Captain Paras Khadka with 54 Runs (against Dutch). National Team Captain Paras Khadka stands first in the table of most career runs from Nepal with 236 runs from 11 innings. Sharad Vesawakar following him with 199 runs from 10 innings. Captain Paras Khadka is the Nepali player to record fastest fifty from the national side with just 35 balls whereas the highest individual scorer Subash Khakurel following him with 48 balls.

If we see the record of having highest strike rate by any Nepali player, Pradeep Airee is the man to top the list having the Strike Rate of 111.32 from the 7 innings. He had faced 53 balls to score 59 runs in total if we put the qualification of 50 balls. Sompal Kami is following Pradeep Airee having the Strike Rate of 108.97 from the same number of innings with 78 numbers of balls faced to score 85 runs in total. Again, National Team Captain Paras Khadka stands first in the list of having the highest career average from Nepal with the average of 23.60 from 11 innings where he remained not-out in only one if we put the qualification of 50 runs. Sharad Vesawakar is the player to follow the captain with the average of 19.90 from 10 innings being out in all.

If we see the record of individual best bowling figure in an inning, Basanta Regmi known as “The Crisis Man” stands in the first position in the list with the bowling figure of 4/16. And he is the only Nepali player to take most 4 wickets in an inning. He made this record at Belfast against Hong Kong on 15 July 2015. Shakti Gauchan is the bowler following Basanta Regmi in the list with the bowling figure of 3/9, at Chittagong on 16 March 2014 against of Hong Kong. Basanta Regmi didn’t miss to impress us in the same match where he had the bowling figure of 3/14 to secure the third place too in this list.

“The Crisis Man” also standing first in the list of the most career wicket takers from Nepal with the total number of 15 wickets in 11 innings. Fast Bowler Sompal Kami with 12 wickets from the same number of innings is following Basanta Regmi in the list with the best bowling figure of 2/13. During the period of T20 Internationals status, none of the Nepali players succeeded to have a single hat-trick in the hand. In another record, Subash Khakurel stands first in the list of most dismissals in the career with 5 dismissals from the 8 innings consisting of 2 catches and 3 stumpings as a wicketkeeper. Binod Bhandari is following Subash Khakurel in the list with 4 dismissals from 3 innings consisting of 2 catches & stumpings each.

If we look over the highest partnerships by runs, Paras Khadka and Sharad Vesawakar’s 85 run partnership for the 4th wicket against Bangladesh at Chittagong on 18 March 2014 is the highest partnership so far between Nepali players. The second highest is of 80 Runs between Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka against Hong Kong at the same venue on 16 March 2014. Both of the matches were the matches of 2014 ICC World Twenty20.

Nepal

is returning back in T20I from the upcoming July 29 where they will play their very first match of T20I with the Netherlands after losing the T20I status of the very first time. Nepal will face the Netherlands in the T20 Tri series between MCC, Nepal and the Netherlands at everyone’s Dream “The Lord’s Cricket Ground”.With this match, Nepal will come back in the International T20 Cricket.

Everyone is waiting for the returning of Nepal in the International T20 Cricket. Every fan and supporter’s dream of Nepal returning back in International T20 Cricket is going to be real in the upcoming 29 July. Many International players are getting excited to see Nepal back in International T20 Cricket. Nepal had already got well and best wishes from many players, fans and administrative officers. Cannot express their interests and love towards Nepali Cricket. This small world of the Internet cannot remain un-sleepy if we let it carry the excitement of the peoples about ‘Nepal returning back in International T20 Cricket’ round the world.

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About Madhav Dada

Nepal Correspondent for Home Of T20. [Twitter: @MDLoves_U & @MD_NEP] #MD