Nepal February 27, 2010

'Biggest achievement for Nepal' - Khadka

Paras Khadka

Paras Khadka

I think today was the biggest achievement for Nepal cricket in the history of the game here. We’ve never won a tournament as a senior team and to win here and qualify for Division 4 is huge.

I was taken aback when USA decided to bat after they won the toss but after they had set a platform they were 150-odd for 2, then Rahul came on and completely changed the match. I think he bowled well to the field, and I think we took our best series of wickets during the Powerplay. I think perhaps the USA tried to slog the ball too much.

Today’s crowd was fantastic and their support really motivated us to do well. After yesterday where some individuals in the crowd had been a disappointment in their behaviour today’s set an example of what true Nepalese cricket fans should be.

We just had a crazy bus drive back from the ground – we get a police escort and the streets were lined with fans cheering and waving Nepalese flags – it’s something I never expected. I think tonight we’re definitely going to have a bit of a party! I think a team dinner is in order and then we’ll go out and celebrate the trophy and promotion.

This week has been an exciting one for me as captain and one that has made me proud to play for Nepal. The team has always had the talent but this time we’ve managed to break the jinx of not quite making it all the way. This is the first time the senior team has won and it feels really great.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my thoughts this week and hopefully I’ll be back on here again when we head to Division 4 in Italy this summer.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo