Nepal Cricket Will Look To Make A Mark | T20 WC 2024

Nepal Cricket Team will look to make a mark in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024

The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is up and running, and the Nepal Cricket Team will look to make a mark in their first game against the Netherlands on Tuesday. It will be the 2nd time that Nepal Cricket Team has qualified for the ICC T20 WC. Before that, they played in the Group stage of the ICC T20 WC 2014 in Bangladesh, but couldn’t make it to the next stage (Super 10). This time, they will try to go one step further. Today, we will talk about all the things regarding Nepal’s T20 WC 2024 campaign, their current form, players to watch out for, and so many other things as well. 

Nepal Cricket Team are placed in Group D

Nepal Cricket Team, also known as “The Rhinos” are placed in Group D of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. They will face a tough challenge in this group as the three full-member nations of the ICC (International Cricket Council); South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are also placed in the same group. And not to forget the unpredictability of the Netherlands, who defeated South Africa in the last two ICC white-ball tournaments (T20 WC 2022 and ODI WC 2023). So it will be a tough challenge ahead for Nepal Cricket.

Opportunity to make a mark for Nepal

As we are saying it will be a tough task for Nepal in the Group stage, it will also be an opportunity to make a mark in world cricket. It won’t happen every time that the ICC will include 20 teams in the WCs. The ICC is looking to promote the game and it’s an opportunity for the associate nations to grab this opportunity.

An ICC tournament like the World Cup is a very big stage, and if Nepal Cricket does well on those occasions, it will be recognized more as a cricket-playing nation.

Nepal Cricket Team’s current form

Nepal is not going into this tournament with a very good form. They faced a heavy defeat of 63 runs against Canada in the first warm-up game and didn’t get the opportunity to play in the 2nd warm-up against the US because of rain.

Before that, Nepal hosted West Indies A about a month ago for a 5-match T20 series in Kirtipur. They won the first game by chasing a big target of 205 in a close encounter. Then, they lost the next three games back-to-back to lose the series. They managed to win the 5th game but lost the series by 3-2.

In the ACC Men’s Premier Cup 2024 as well, they lost a semi-final against UAE, and the 3rd place play-off game against Hong Kong.

Players to watch out for Nepal in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024

In batting

Rohit Paudel

Nepal’s skipper will play an important role at No. 3 in the tournament. With some of the batters like Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh not in great touch off-late, Paudel’s role will be more crucial at the top of the order.

Paudel is currently the most consistent batter in the team. He has scored 265 runs in 4 games in a series against West Indies A, which includes two half-centuries and a century.

Dipendra Singh Airee

His ability to hit the long ball makes him a valuable asset to the team. Airee’s numbers speak for himself as he holds a record for the fastest T20I fifty. He also smashed 6 sixes in an over in T20Is, only the third batter to do this after Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard.

Kushal Malla

He will also play a vital role in the batting department for the team. We have seen his ability to clear the fence regularly. He smashed a 34-ball hundred against Mongolia a few months ago, the 2nd fastest hundred in T20Is.

In bowling

Sompal Kami

An all-rounder is the only player who played in the T20 WC 2014 as well. His experience will be needed in the big stages like WC. Kami will lead the fast bowling group of the Nepal Cricket Team.

Karan KC

Karan KC can trouble the batters with the new ball. We have also seen glimpses of him troubling the Indian batters in an Asia Cup 2023 match.

Lalit Rajbanshi

Lalit can control the game for Nepal in the middle overs. His left-arm orthodox spin was quite effective against India last year in the Asia Cup 2023 match. Doing this against a big time like India is a remarkable job. And as we are expecting the pitches in the tournament to be slower, he will become more important.

T20 World Cup 2024 Nepal Squad:-

Rohit Paudel (captain), Aasif Sheikh, Anil Kumar Sah, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Lalit Rajbanshi, Karan KC, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Pratis GC, Sundeep Jora, Abinash Bohara, Sagar Dhakal, Kamal Singh Airee.

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Conclusion

So this is all about the Nepal Cricket Team’s going into the T20 WC 2024. They have a very good side and some of the players have done well in the past as well. If they keep their nerves in control, we might see some magic moments from them in this tournament.

FAQs:-

(1) What’s the ranking of the Nepal in T20Is currently?

Nepal is at No. 17 in the ICC Men’s T20I rankings.

(2) How many T20I WC qualifiers Neapl has played till now?

Nepal has played 5 ICC T20 WC qualifiers till now. Of them, two times they have qualified for the next stage (in 2014 and 2024).

(3) How many matches Nepal has won in T20I WCs so far (including the qualifiers)?

Nepal has played 35 games in the T20I WCs and won 18. They have lost 14 games and played a tie game as well. One game ended with no result.

(4) What’s Nepal’s ICC T20 WC record (excluding the Qualifiers)?

Nepal played in the Group Stage of the T20 WC 2014 and also won 2 games. But they didn’t make it to the Super 10 stage of the tournament because Bangladesh, being the host and with the better NRR, reached the Super 10.

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