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Five Stars Who Can Deliver In Bangladesh

March 5, 2014 , by DREAMS, Leave your thoughts
Five Stars Who Can Deliver In Bangladesh » My Dreams Mag
DREAMS Magazine’s top five players to shine for the World Twenty20 is completely based on the performance they have shown in the previous outings of the national cricket team. Since Twenty20 happens to be anyone’s game, there are other stars as well who can make their impact.

 

As Nepal prepares for its maiden World Twenty20 appearance, the nation will pin its hopes mostly on the home grown stars who will be expected to blast in the global showpiece beginning in Bangladesh from March 16.

Since world heavyweights like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia or West Indies wait to meet their opponents passing the Group Stage test, Nepali cricketers get an opportunity to make the most out of their meetings with hosts Bangladesh along with Associate archrivals Afghanistan and Hong Kong in Group 1.

Though Twenty20 is anyone’s game where even one single delivery can change the face of the match, fours and sixes that comes through cracking shots are what people have been enjoying since the format hit the global world. Bowlers’ domination has been very rare in the shortest version of the game.

Nepal hosted the 2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup in March and to add to the excitement created by the flurry of runs, the pitch was revamped and the tournament ultimately saw Nepal’s highest score ever in the format – 210-5 against Singapore in the league stage. Nepal’s performance in the Twenty20 has always been in the rise and the game no doubt has taken a new height when they qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 in November last year.

Cricket though is considered a team game, Twenty20 is gradually cancelling out this cliché to set a new formula of its own. Performance from a single player now can bring change in the entire result and Nepal’s display at international stage is not an exception. Nepal have managed to win several tournaments on a back of powerpacked performance from individual players.

And those players once again will be tipped to deliver when the global stage sets on fire in Bangladesh. Owing to their performance and the impact in the team they made for the past few years, here we go with the top five cricketers who will be expected to have their go in the World Twenty20.

 

Skipper Paras Khadka

Wherever the national cricket team goes, Paras means performance and he has never disappointed be it in 50 or 20-over format. Paras is considered one of the best captains and all rounders in the Associate cricket. His man-of-the-series performance in the latest edition of the ACC Twenty20 Cup clearly justifies it.

With a healthy strike rate of 121.52, Paras’ performance is noteworthy in Twenty20 format and if it’s his day, any match is in Nepal’s pocket. A lively example is Paras’ 87-run innings against Malaysia during the ACC Twenty20 Cup when he single handedly led Nepal to a 19-run victory that opened the knock out gates for them. His presence itself at the crease means a huge boost for his teammates.

Watchful in the beginning of his stay, right-handed batsman Paras first of all creates luxury for himself after spending some time at the crease. As the comfort level rises, runs keep on flowing from his blade.

The biggest thing about the Nepali skipper is he has proved himself a second bowler in the team and can deliver according to the nature of the pitch. If medium pace doesn’t work, Paras is up there with his right arm off spin. If Nepal wish to progress from Group 1 in the World Twenty20, a fit and in-form Paras will be crucial.

 

Sharad Vesawkar

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Once associated primarily with the 50-over game, Sharad’s place in the national Twenty20 side used to be a hot topic for criticism of the selectors and the batsman himself. But for the last one year, Sharad has transformed himself and has adapted to the Twenty20 format in the best possible way.

National team coach Pubudu Dassanayake considers Sharad as the best finisher in the Associate cricket, a fact that he proved during Nepal’s fairy performance in last year’s ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in November. No one will forget the last over blitz from Sharad in a chase of 183 runs against Kenya when Sharad hammered three sixes when the team needed 17 to win from the last six balls.

The best from the middle order right-hander batsman came when he smashed a six and a four in the playoff match against Hong Kong landing a World Cup spot for Nepal. Sharad is considered one of the most technical batsmen of Nepal and if power mixes with his technique, one can expect a lot from him.

 

Basanta Regmi

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If there is a drought in the wicket and the team is hit for runs, skipper Paras Khadka resorts to only one man and he delivers – that is Basanta Regmi for you. Southpaw Basanta is famously known as ‘crisis man’ of the Nepali team who walks in the middle to provide much-needed breakthrough and score runs to lift the dressing room from a gloom.

Left-arm spinner Basanta has been an important player in the national cricket system whose absence is hard to imagine. While his abilities to turn around the ball have helped Nepal win several tournaments, he has rescued the team from a verge of collapse with the bat as well. Basanta has so far taken 54 wickets in the shorter version of the game with a commendable economy of 5.61.

Since the World Twenty20 is hosted in spin-friendly wickets at the sub-continent, Basanta will be tipped to put the opponents in Bangladesh in the spin.

 

Binod Bhandari

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While almost all the current national team members are called by their name, Binod has a distinction on it. He is mostly called and probably screamed over by his surname ‘Bhandari’ – a reverberating sound in his surname that reflects in his playing style.

Skipper Paras Khadka believes Bhandari connects the ball better than anyone else in the national team and he has already proved that in many innings he has played. His Twenty20 career contains more sixes (22) than boundaries (19) – a stat that proves he loves playing big shots.

The right-hander has been given role of a finisher in the team and he justifies that tag most often. In the first international tournament he played for Nepal, Bhandari lofted a huge six to pull off a draw against Kuwait in the 2009 ACC Twenty20. Bhandari has all the abilities to play unconventional shots that can baffle the opponent bowlers breaking their rhythm that usually eases tensions for the batsmen. Irrespective of the status of the game, Bhandari means only hitting and Twenty20 is purely his game.

 

Subash Khakurel

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In the list of Twenty20 hopefuls, national team’s regular opener Subash might be an odd-man out but his contribution has always been crucial at a time when it goes unnoticed. The only reason is for an opener to stay till the last ball in Twenty20 is not possible all the time.

Subash was the highest run-getter from Nepal in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the UAE. He made 254 runs in that tournament with one half century giving Nepal at least some modest start. Nepali team has always thrived for a good opening and with Subash it has been possible for the last few years.

The biggest advantage of having Subash in the team is he stays at the wicket allowing his partners to have a go at the bowlers. One of the reasons why Nepal’s middle order has been able to finish off the things is due to the patience that has been shown by Subash. He is definitely a tension reliever for the team.

From Subash, one cannot expect quick fire knocks like Paras and Bhandari play, but definitely his stay at the crease means other batsmen are at a comfort zone of scoring runs. He is one of the men to watch out for Nepal in the World Twenty20.

 

Explosive batsman Pradeep Airee, whose role in the national team’s playing-XI have never been static, is another prospect to shine in Bangladesh, while middle order batsman Gyanendra Malla, all rounder Sagar Pun and left arm orthodox bowler Shakti Gauchan can be expected to make huge impact when Nepal set forth for their World Twenty20 adventure.

Pradeep’s status as batsman is a completel gamble which everyone knows. Dassanayake compares his playing nature with former openers Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and Virender Sehwag of India. Irrespective of the status of the game, Pradeep just carries his natural way of batting which means he can explode at any time.

Gyanendra is considered a typical batsman in the Nepali team and his abilities to play unorthodox shots, whether it is a reverse sweep or a switch hit, can help the team pile more runs. Sagar batted with positive body language during the World Twenty20 Qualifiers collecting some quick runs.

Though Sagar is yet to get into a huge score in the shorter version, he can be lethal at any time if it is his day. Shakti is the only Nepali bowler in the senior team to take an international hattrick – which he did against Denmark during the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifiers. His presence itself is a huge boost to the team owing to his experience and abilities to skid the ball. Shakti is another man to watch out for all of the opponents who meet Nepal in Bangladesh.

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