February 23, 2010

Nepal

We want to do it for the crowds - Khadka

Sahil Dutta

Paras Khadka

It feels good to score runs when the team needed it today and it’s nice to get the man of the match again, but the credit should really go to the bowlers and not to me. I’m sharing a room with Basanta and at the moment I’m one ahead of him on the Man of the Match awards, so maybe we’ve got a lucky room number, I’d be quite happy if we keep winning the awards and the matches through till Saturday!

When we reached the ground this morning there was an incredible fog, you couldn’t even see someone five feet in front of you so the umpires decided to reduce the match to 47 overs a piece. Having won the toss we decided to field first and we wanted to use the conditions to our advantage.

Our fast bowlers made a good start and then the spinners did it for us again. Basanta Regmi took four today and Sanjam Regmi took three and then Rahul took two – which I was really happy with. The spinners were turning it fair and square and the Bahrain guys couldn’t read it. Once we took early wickets we just continued to dominate and saw them all out in the 43rd over.

We had another great crowd of supporters at the Army Ground which spurs me and the guys on to win for Nepal. I really enjoy it when they come down and show their support for the country. I think the crowds will keep coming so I don’t want us to disappoint them along the way so need to maintain the quality of cricket that we are playing now.

I think Bahrain like to slog the ball and putting them into bat first made it harder for them especially as they struggled to face our spinners and I’m content that our plan worked out for us.

As I’ve said of the other teams, I don’t think Fiji can be underestimated tomorrow – they pushed Singapore today, so we have to continue with the attitude that the game is anyone’s to win and we have to respect every opponent. I would like the boys to keep focused.

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Posted by Parash Upreti on (November 27, 2010, 3:22 GMT)

Paras dai, I support you and your contribution to the national cricket. All I want to say is that Nepal, under your leadership is doing well. I want to point out every Nepali's weakness at the moment. We do well on the basic level but when it comes to the time when something big can be done, we are always disappointed. Not only in cricket but everything. Can't anything be done?

Posted by ANURAG BHATTARAI on (February 25, 2010, 2:33 GMT)

common boys a final game.we have all seen the calibre our boys have now it's time you act it and give us something to cheer about.

Posted by Jagadish K.C. on (February 24, 2010, 9:21 GMT)

i thank nepali team has done extremely well but the opening pair should be changed. Mehaboob & Dipendra r not fitting in their role nicely. The new opening pair should be tried .But the spirit of Nepali is very good& i hope for their success in division 5 as well as other icc tournaments.

Posted by krishnaoli on (February 24, 2010, 6:59 GMT)

today sharad veshawkar played great innings now bowling must do good length and line hope our dream will continue forward and it shows nepal cricket future has good chance

Posted by kalyan on (February 24, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

this match was worth following, we cant watch it live but throughout the series we have been trying to find out the way if only we could watch it live from any channel or whatever, disappointed everytime though we foloew the score ball by ball and after all that when u guys play the way you did thats all worth it. so best of luck guys at least for the rest of the tournament

Posted by dinesh on (February 24, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

these days nepal is playing great cricket and looking forward to see much more of these in coming days... keep going nepali tigerss

Posted by Ravindra Pandey on (February 23, 2010, 18:53 GMT)

Hey boys! keep it up, you deserve to play in Italy. I wish, I could see you guys in 2015 world cup. Cheers!!

Posted by tribhuwan tiwari on (February 23, 2010, 16:49 GMT)

the way u lead the team is incredible.we have faith on all the players.i pray to god that our openers meheboob dai and dipendra do well.i know they are the great players and every player goes through the rough patch in their career.i hope they can perform well.every match team wins give us vigour and solace.do u all realize u r the common names all over Nepal.if u see the crowd in the ground .....feel like they are representing all nooks and corners of country.WE ALL LOVE YOU.OUR HEROES. NEVER LET UR ADMIRERS FEEL DOWN. ALL D BEST.MISSION 2015

Posted by Subodh on (February 23, 2010, 16:07 GMT)

WoW! Captain fantastic has delivered it once again!! I'm dissapointed with the way Dipendra n Meheboob are performing with the bat but still I hope they shine in the game againest USA. We are the glory hunters and for the fans' sake both of you can't fail that day. The regmi duo are playing so good that no one can put any question. Shakti should concentrate on his strike rate in this form of cricket, althouth he is so reliable in difficult circumstances to develop partnerships. Binod bro, come on man, the captain tag is not everything. The bigger thing is you are playing for your nation n we fans love you asusual. Meheboob and binod needs to improve in fielding as well. Gyanendra has not got the chance to do much as he is not exposed in crease. Sharad has performed when needed. Rahul needs to work on his odd loose delivery. Paras is awsome not only with his allround abilities but also with great cricketing mind. Mahesh is improving match by match in wicketkeeping duties. The main worry is the pace bowling and lastly again comeon yar dipendra, dais says you r capable of scoring 200 individual runs if u play just 40 overs, don't let him down man, you are a tiger who can haunt anytime and make sure this is your time. Mehaboob, just repeat your sixers once again, we fans will be on your feet. We love you and we know you can do it as before..

Posted by sagar on (February 23, 2010, 13:47 GMT)

Respected Mr. Khadka, I am really glad to know about the success of the team lead by you,more importantly the Nepalese team which I am so proud of. It feels so good to read your comments and impressionss as each day pass with the glory that u and your mates win for our motherland. I have heard about you personally from my childhhod when u were only involved in the club cricket then. Later, I was delighted to find u as the captain of national cricket team. The bowling of our team has always been a class act. There are cameos of batting performances every now and then. However, as everybody feels I wish the overall batting stength could be better in the days to come. It might take a long time, but the positive attitude should always be there as a driving force. I would love to watch live every match played by our team(if I was in Nepal) and share the excitement with the crowd. Once again, thanks for the sueries of success u have brought. Hope we can keep on winning and enter the WC

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Sahil Dutta
Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.

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