February 24, 2010

Nepal

Sharad’s century was the making of today - Khadka

Sahil Dutta

Paras Khadka

It was good to be back where belonged today at the ground we always train at TU. We knew that today’s match was important and now Friday’s is going to be even more important to win as the top three in the table are so close.

I am confident in the boys and the way we’ve been playing that we can defeat the USA and continue on the path that we’ve been travelling on during this tournament. I think Fiji were an okay but Sharad’s century was the making of today.

Sharad’s one of our main batsmen so having him in fine form is important for us and to have score his maiden senior century today was brilliant and I am proud of him as captain.

I know I keep talking about the crowd but today it was huge but it’s such a great motivation for us to have them there and chanting our names and giving us such great support and I hope they will continue to do so all the way through to the final day.

We’ve got a rest day tomorrow and I think we’ll have a relaxed day, maybe watch a movie – we’re definitely not going swimming this time, it is way too cold and I think we might all catch pneumonia!

Friday’s going to be a big game – I don’t feel we need a specific game plan, our spirit and determination is pushing us to succeed and I hope we can continue to make our fans and Nepal proud.

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Posted by Aniruddha on (February 14, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

It is so heartening to see countries like Nepal, USA, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Afganistan, Kuwait, Oman, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and others playing mainstream cricket (A dream come true for me). ICC should bring in top rated teams to play tournaments featuring these countries which will give them the much needed identification in the cricketing world and much needed confidence. A perfect icing on the cake would be to arrange the T20 World Cup with all these associate teams along with the mainstream teams (approx 30-32 teams for about 2 months). As part of their business expansion(which in a way is correct and appreciated), ICC should include big giants like China, USA and Russia. I am sure, cricket will get immense popularity and may be close or even higher in popularity than soccer in another 1-2 decades if the collaboration with all associate teams are maintained and strengthened.

Posted by yukesh bhattarai on (February 26, 2010, 2:49 GMT)

gud luck guys for today's match....make us proud as you always do...

Posted by suman on (February 25, 2010, 21:20 GMT)

Good going Guys, Hats off to ya'll. Keep up doing great work. All the best!

Posted by Rakesh Karn on (February 25, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

Hey Paras,

I can't be proud enough for youg guys. I have been following this tournament live from Dallas. Its been great to see you guyz perform so well in Nepal. You have been great as a captain and i would just like to thank you for your leadership. Sharad was amazing the other day, couldn't come on a better day as Sachin Tendulkar himself score a Double Century...!! Moreover, you guyz have definitely proved that Nepal can reach that goal with their talent and dedication. We have got one more to go and then to finals...!!! I know the crowd support will be there..and i will be cheering from here...!! I am 101% sure...we are going to Italy...!!! Good Luck to you and to the whole Team.....You guyz make us proud...!!!

Posted by manish on (February 25, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

congs paras dai !!! how about asking mehboob to play down the order (afridi's role) and shifting gyanendra or mahesh as opener with dipendra !! and please tell the openers not to concentrate on firing shots only !!! singles and doubles too are very crucial. and to all nepali players: you can convert those singles into doubles, please run the first run hard...and stop relaxing on the middle of the pitch... paras dai: please keep short leg in spinners' bowling, you were giving a lot of runs in that area against singapore,...and best of luck !! we'll be there against USA, with you !!!

Posted by Anil Koshy on (February 25, 2010, 14:54 GMT)

Great going...Nepal team...want to see you in the next world cup.

All the best

Posted by hari bhattarai on (February 25, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

well done in future my guys i expect that our cricket team will be win over U.S.A. and make sure for division four ok,

Posted by ujjwal karki on (February 25, 2010, 11:47 GMT)

this is only a thing.more and miles are to be travelled.as done the start good and the end should be excellent.jai nepal...long live nepal

Posted by Bishnu Subedi, Doha on (February 25, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

I am running short of words to express the happiness and great feelings which we Nepalese owe to the national cricket team …. The credit goes to all especially the skipper PARAS. Well done. Go to Friday’s match with a positive attitude and you guys can achieve the target. We are an inch away from Division 4. I hope it will be better to change the opening pair since they fail to deliver in so many matches. May lord Pashupati help you to scale the new height.

Posted by sobhit on (February 25, 2010, 9:56 GMT)

It is really nice that our team is winning every match. I know, if u play natural game with all ur potential, u can win against any team, not only USA. they are nothing to us... keep on this spirit going...

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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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