May 10, 2014

'If I see something wrong I cannot keep my mouth shut'

Nepal captain Paras Khadka isn't diplomatic, cries while watching movies, and supports Liverpool in football
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Describe yourself in two words.
Honest and too straightforward.

Are you talkative?
I am not. But if I see something wrong I cannot keep my mouth shut. I will talk loud and clear.

So you're not diplomatic?
My friends tell me to be diplomatic at times. I cannot be. That is against my ethics, that is not me.

Do you feel like you are the most popular person in Nepal at the moment?
Cricket has become really popular and me being the captain makes me popular automatically. But the way cricket has picked up - in corridors, houses, schools, grounds - people are loving the game. Our performances in global tournaments like the World T20 has brought a new dimension to Nepalese sport as well as the whole country. It is a new beginning where anything and everything is possible. Hopefully we can take cricket to further heights.

Is cricket now more than a sport in Nepal?
It is like a religion now. Everybody is now interested in what the team is doing, what the players are doing. We have the audience. Now we have to build and invest in grass roots and regional cricket to help the younger generation play the game. It is just a beginning for better and amazing things.

Tell us something we don't know about you.
I cry a lot while watching movies. One of my favourite movies is Rang De Basanti.

How do you fight negative thoughts?
I tend to switch on and switch off easily to ward off negative thoughts.

The most important ball of your life so far?
It has to be the last ball in the World T20 Qualifiers against Hong Kong. We had to get one run for victory. And we managed to do it.

How does it feel to play in front of an empty stadium?
We are not playing against the audience. The more the audience the better it gets, and you enjoy the environment. We love cricket and we are happy playing, like we did in the streets, verandahs, schools and playgrounds.

Have you ever broken anything while playing cricket?
I was practising for an inter-school tournament at our ground in South Point Boarding High School. I was captain and we were training in a box net. Just then our school principal shouted from his balcony that there was to be no more hitting the ball in the air. I tonked the very next ball straight to where he was standing and it broke the window next to him.

Do you manage to walk the streets without being mobbed?
I need to wear masks at times now in public places. I can't do things I used to do earlier. I just can't walk out anywhere and everywhere. Earlier I used to do whatever I wanted to, which I cannot anymore because people recognise me easily.

A rule in cricket you want to get changed?
A non-striker should not be ruled run-out if the ball is deflected off the bowler's hand in the follow-through.

Do you have a sporting idol?
I like Steven Gerrard. I love Liverpool. In cricket I am a big fan of the Australian cricket team: they play hard, aggressive, to the point.

What gives you goose bumps?
Whenever you stand up for the national anthem. I remember the moment around the time we were fighting hard to beat Hong Kong to qualify for the World T20, when a huge section of Nepalese fans right behind our dugout were chanting our victory song. It was a special moment.

Is there sledging in Associates cricket?
Of course, there is. A lot.

What is the most difficult job of being captain of an Associate team?
You have to be stronger off the field than on the field. I have to make sure the administrators run the game the right way.

Now that you have made your World Cup debut, the bar has been set high. What is the key to evolve?
We have to be there at every World Cup going forward. We should dream big. Train hard, work hard, keep the discipline and have the determination. You just have to push yourself.

What more can the ICC do to help Nepal cricket?
It might sound a bit harsh but you cannot limit international cricket to just ten countries. I know you need different and better skills in longer versions but you can only improve if you play against better opponents.

Tell us about a memorable compliment you have received.
After our warm-up match against Ireland in the World T20, at the team hotel, just as I was about enter the elevator the security guard asked me which team I represented. Once he realised I was the captain of Nepal he said we played a good brand of cricket against Ireland and he enjoyed it. It was a nice to hear that people could identify and relate to Nepal cricket. That remark was something that made us feel we were slowly doing things the right way.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 12, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    come on Paras Khadka You can lead Nepal Cricket team into the different level :)

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Really enjoyed reading this article and the beautiful comments by these guys! Thanks to espncricinfo for this article, may god bless Nepal in the development of cricket, you guys rock!

  • on May 11, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    I want to see Nepal playing test cricket

  • on May 11, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Captain cool...our national hero.

  • on May 11, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    best of luck nepal cricket team...:)

  • on May 11, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    He is the legend of Nepal History, he and his cricket team make us proud to be as an Nepali.as a loyal cricket fan i want to say the whole team is awesome, wish you all the best and improvement in coming days.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on May 11, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    I think the best way forward is to have the top 2-3 first class sides in Nepal contest in the Ranji Trophy for a period of 6 years- that'll give each team from Nepal the exposure needed as Nepal develops its own first class structure.

  • on May 11, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Just love the way he thinks his country's cricket. Being an Indian I would want our friend Nepal will always improve their cricket and produce such fine cricketers like paras, sharad, regmi, mukhiya and shakti. These guys are having cricket in their blood. So I would really love if bcci helps them to develop and let them play against the ranking trophy teams. And Nepal are blessed to have paras as captain. May he succeed in his dreams.

  • phoenix1989 on May 10, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    like this man... as a player... but more so for being such a wonderful captain of a dawning team.

  • P0isonal on May 10, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Thank you for your all secrifice for our team, love to see you at test level

  • on May 12, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    come on Paras Khadka You can lead Nepal Cricket team into the different level :)

  • on May 12, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Really enjoyed reading this article and the beautiful comments by these guys! Thanks to espncricinfo for this article, may god bless Nepal in the development of cricket, you guys rock!

  • on May 11, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    I want to see Nepal playing test cricket

  • on May 11, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Captain cool...our national hero.

  • on May 11, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    best of luck nepal cricket team...:)

  • on May 11, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    He is the legend of Nepal History, he and his cricket team make us proud to be as an Nepali.as a loyal cricket fan i want to say the whole team is awesome, wish you all the best and improvement in coming days.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on May 11, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    I think the best way forward is to have the top 2-3 first class sides in Nepal contest in the Ranji Trophy for a period of 6 years- that'll give each team from Nepal the exposure needed as Nepal develops its own first class structure.

  • on May 11, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Just love the way he thinks his country's cricket. Being an Indian I would want our friend Nepal will always improve their cricket and produce such fine cricketers like paras, sharad, regmi, mukhiya and shakti. These guys are having cricket in their blood. So I would really love if bcci helps them to develop and let them play against the ranking trophy teams. And Nepal are blessed to have paras as captain. May he succeed in his dreams.

  • phoenix1989 on May 10, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    like this man... as a player... but more so for being such a wonderful captain of a dawning team.

  • P0isonal on May 10, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Thank you for your all secrifice for our team, love to see you at test level

  • BK07 on May 10, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    I would be wrong if I describe him, just cool......

  • on May 10, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    our Hero,,,cool Captai,cool thinking,,,,Paras Khadka

  • on May 10, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    As a cricket supporter... i am more proud than indian and pakistan supporters.. because we have a legend playing with his all sweat and blood out there to represent us. thank you paras for making us proud.. you are our proud hero... We are becoming better and better... we play good cricket.. respect the opponents and play with true character. Nepalese cricket is going very splendid and we supporters are always ready to cheer..... and support

  • on May 10, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    yeah...Cool captain,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on May 10, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Like this guy. I'm sure he must cry while watching Liverpool too!!

  • Anantas11 on May 10, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    This guy is a priceless gift of not only Nepal Cricket but for World Cricket too.. He is the true gentleman of the game..

  • on May 10, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    no words to Our national hero.. PARAS.. YOU ARE THE BEST..

  • on May 10, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    paras...u r only a great n patriotic leader...we r alwayz with u...keep it up ur ....lets hope for development of infrastructures in Nepal for longterm cricket development

  • Skywalker1977 on May 10, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Happy to see Nepal doing well. Three cheers from India!

  • on May 10, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Thats why he is our National hero.

  • on May 10, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    we are allways with you,keep it up our legend

  • on May 10, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    cool captain paras is the such as the talent player n captain also.

  • on May 10, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Cool captain as always.. Paras our national hero

  • on May 10, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Happy reading this.special thanks to the Nagraj Gollapudi

  • on May 10, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Nepali Cricket is in the peak and credit goes to Khadka dai. We are proud of you. We will always be in support of Nepali Cricket.

  • on May 10, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    i love our hero paras

  • on May 10, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I would like to heartly thank to Nagaraj Gollapuddi for having Parash Khadka in the interview as well as for providing such a big platform to introduce nepali cricket throughout the world. ESPNcricinfo is a huge and famous website followed by millions of cricket fans like me. I wish you will continue such a great deed in the future as well.

  • on May 10, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    During W T 20 I saw Nepall team plying against Bangladesh,although they lost to Bangladesh convincingly but they impressed me a lot.Most of the guys are technically very correct & their approach was very positive,( A fan from Bangladesh)

  • on May 10, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    i think paras, including all team members done a great job in division cricket n mainly in WT20 in Bangladesh, which has put nepal in highlight n make nepal popular..thats the great sign of hope.

  • on May 10, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Paras Khadka and his co always give 100% towards the performance of the team & on the other hand the cricket governing body of Nepal do just opposite of what the players do.There are severals reasons behind bursting of paras khadka towards the cricket governing body & one of them is regarding the danger of the positive future of Nepali Cricket going in vain.Cricket Governing Body of Nepal needs to learn from the players & understand these things as early as possible.I wonder where Nepali cricket would be If the Cricket governing body of Nepal give their best just like players???

  • on May 10, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    I like the point that paras said *u can't limit this cricket in 10 countries* . If ICC really want to make cricket popular worldwide like football they should they should change their rules in favour of associate nations.

  • on May 10, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Go paras go. we r here to support you all the time. Win, loose or tie. My nepal is in my heart till I die. Jay nepal, jay nepali cricket, jay paras n team.

  • AnkurK on May 10, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    I am an Indian but grew up in Nepal till I was 15 - love the success of the Nepalese cricket team and was following every game in the World T20 very closely. Love the attitude of Paras. The love for cricket in the country is amazing and can easily see them reaching Test status in a few years. Just hope the administrators don't lose their way!

    All the best, Paras!

  • on May 10, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Each n every words spoken out by paras is so meaningful......I felt him as a good player in the past but now i feel he is a very good person.

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    He has been great personality carrying Nepali cricket to new height and dimension. His sportsmanship and personality has earned him name in world cricket. He is savior of Nepali cricket. Salute Paras bro.

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    straight and fluent tht is true

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    paras khadka is only 1 cool and intillegent captain in all over the words assocated cricket country.. we r proud of u..... weldone bro... u can do more for nepal sports...

  • Pathiyal on May 10, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    "I have to make sure the administrators run the game the right way". i liked these words.

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Great Paras bro,Youthlegend of Nepal. Come on Paras bro Lead the Nepal cricket team as long as you live in this world..you are a great leader..

  • on May 10, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Best wishes from Sri Lanka... Thumbs up Paras and the spinner who gets electrified and runs sometimes (Sorry I'v forgotten his name but sure will remember soon as the team progresses). The thing I like about you is you have a bit of Sri Lanka style in you. I'm talking about team spirit, respecting others, genuine smiles, working really hard until results are achieved no matter who says what. In simple words 'Hearts are very BIG'

  • on May 10, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Paras is one of the modest people you'll see. He has no arrogance or vanity and he always considers himself a student of the game. This is a quality seen in many greats of this (and any other) sport over the years.

    Provided the ICC opens up and lets all nations play international cricket soon, Paras Khadka will be a name remembered by anyone who knows a little bit of cricket in the future.

  • on May 10, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Good cricket played by you guys in last two years have make us happy

  • on May 10, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Go paras and Nepal cricket team.you guys are among the best associate nations.

    Go paras go

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  • on May 10, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Go paras and Nepal cricket team.you guys are among the best associate nations.

    Go paras go

  • on May 10, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Good cricket played by you guys in last two years have make us happy

  • on May 10, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Paras is one of the modest people you'll see. He has no arrogance or vanity and he always considers himself a student of the game. This is a quality seen in many greats of this (and any other) sport over the years.

    Provided the ICC opens up and lets all nations play international cricket soon, Paras Khadka will be a name remembered by anyone who knows a little bit of cricket in the future.

  • on May 10, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Best wishes from Sri Lanka... Thumbs up Paras and the spinner who gets electrified and runs sometimes (Sorry I'v forgotten his name but sure will remember soon as the team progresses). The thing I like about you is you have a bit of Sri Lanka style in you. I'm talking about team spirit, respecting others, genuine smiles, working really hard until results are achieved no matter who says what. In simple words 'Hearts are very BIG'

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Great Paras bro,Youthlegend of Nepal. Come on Paras bro Lead the Nepal cricket team as long as you live in this world..you are a great leader..

  • Pathiyal on May 10, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    "I have to make sure the administrators run the game the right way". i liked these words.

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    paras khadka is only 1 cool and intillegent captain in all over the words assocated cricket country.. we r proud of u..... weldone bro... u can do more for nepal sports...

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    straight and fluent tht is true

  • on May 10, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    He has been great personality carrying Nepali cricket to new height and dimension. His sportsmanship and personality has earned him name in world cricket. He is savior of Nepali cricket. Salute Paras bro.

  • on May 10, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Each n every words spoken out by paras is so meaningful......I felt him as a good player in the past but now i feel he is a very good person.