Rising Hope In Nepal Cricket After T20 World Cup 2024 Exit

Nepal cricket is on the rise, despite its exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Nepal Cricket Team has been eliminated from the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 race. They failed to win a single game in the Group Stage of the tournament, but the kind of cricket they played has won a lot of hearts. Nepal Cricket is on the rise even after the exit from T20 WC 2024. Today, we will see the journey of the Nepal Cricket Team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 and how they can qualify for the ICC T20 World Cup 2026. We will also see some positives and concerns for Nepal as a cricketing nation. So let’s start.

Nepal cricket team failed to win a single game in T20 WC 2024

Nepal was placed in Group D of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, along with South Africa, Bangladesh, Netherlands, and Sri Lanka. They failed to win three games in the tournament, and one of the games was washed out due to rain.

Nepal lost its first game to the Netherlands in the tournament. The Netherlands bowled Nepal out for just 106. Then, the Sri Lanka game ended with no result due to rain. Nepal lost the next two games against South Africa and Bangladesh as well.

Nepal was very close to creating history

Despite losing all three finished games in the tournament, Nepal cricket team has won a heart of lots of fans. They almost took down a big team like South Africa at Kingstown, St Vincent. Nepal won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first. The bowlers made full use of the conditions and restricted SA to just 115.

At one stage, they were looking good to create history. They were 85 for 2 in 13.3 overs, needing just 31 runs off 39 balls with 8 wickets in hand. Nothing to take away from SA bowlers, but Nepal didn’t hold their nerves when there was an easy win. They lost the game by just one run in the end. But they won the hearts of lot of Nepal cricket fans and the fans all around the world.

Reactions all around the world on Nepal’s one-run defeat

Although Nepal lost the game against SA, a lot of experts and fans praised the efforts made by the Nepal cricket team.

 Harsha Bhogle posted on X – “Hold your heads high Nepal. That was South Africa you almost took down today. You have some of the most passionate fans and you let them believe. Hopefully, bigger days are around the corner.”

Alan Wilkins posted on X – “A wonderful game of cricket! A night that belonged to Nepal as they fell just short of their Cricketing Everest v South Africa. SA won by one run. Nepal has enhanced its reputation in the World of Cricket.”

Even Dale Steyn, a legend from South Africa himself wants Nepal to get over the line. Some of the T20 franchise league team handles like Rajasthan Royals and MI Cape Town also posted on the Nepal cricket team’s brilliant effort.

Nepal’s valiant bowling effort against Bangladesh

Nepal also did well with the ball against Bangladesh as well. They bowled Bangladesh out for just 106 runs. It’s their batting that let them down. Nepal bowled out for 85 runs in the 2nd inning. But they again showed why other teams can’t take the Nepal cricket team lightly.

Positives for the Nepal cricket team

Although the pitches are conducive for the bowlers, Nepal bowlers exploit the conditions very well. They bowled well to big teams. Bowlers like Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee, etc have done well in the tournament. We have also seen Sandeep Lamichhane doing well in different T20 leagues. And Kushal Bhurtel is going to new heights as well.

 Concerns for Nepal

They have to look into their batting. Some of the batters are not in great touch, even before the T20 WC 2024. In this tournament, their batting has been poor. They need to hunt some new talent going forward as the next T20 World Cup is in 2026.

How Nepal Cricket Team can qualify for the ICC T20 World Cup 2026?

Nepal has missed out on direct qualification for the ICC T20 World Cup 2026. They will now have to qualify for the tournament by doing well in the T20 World Cup 2026 qualifier.

The Asia Qualifiers are not far away and they need to look into the best possible combination for the tournament.

New Talents in Nepal Cricket

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has been working hard to bring new talent into the cricketing system. Nepal also has some local and domestic tournaments like the PM Men’s Cup, Departmental side games, etc, and they have done well to reach the final of the ACC Men’s Emerging Cup in 2023. Some of the young players have done well and have the potential to do well at the international level as well.

Nepal cricket is on a rising hope and we might see them doing well in the future. They have some crazy fans cheering for them as well. Nepal came close to getting a test-playing nation status but fell short of their performances. Let’s see how they do in the near future.

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(1) Which team has scored the highest team total in a T20I inning?

Nepal has scored 314 in a T20I game against Mongolia in the Asian Games, in 2023. 

(2) What’s the highest successful run chase by the Nepal cricket team in T20Is?

Nepal has chased down a target of 166 against Malaysia on October 31, 2023.

(3) Which batter has scored the most runs for Nepal in international cricket?

Dipendra Singh Airee has scored the most runs (1627) for Nepal in international cricket. 

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