Nepal is emerging as a prominent cricketing nation. We’ve seen Nepali cricketers rising to fame and playing various T20 leagues. They are seen as an upcoming Cricket prodigy.
1. Paras Khadka
Paras Khadka is a prominent face of Nepali cricket. Starting from his U-19 days, he has always been the mainstay of the Nepal cricket team’s bowling attack. An accomplished all-rounder, Khadka is a middle-order batsman and a medium pacer who believes in taking the game down the wire and then finishing off in style. Some of his prominent bowling figures include 12 wickets in the 2008 world cup and Nepal’s qualification to the 2008 World cup. He is also well known for his placid captaincy.
2. Sandeep Lamichhane
The young spinning prodigy, Sandeep Lamichhne took the cricketing world by storm by bowling an astounding spell at the MCC in 2016 and helped Nepal register a win. Veteran Australian cricketer, Michael Clarke invited him to play for the Western Suburbs District Club in Australia and trained him to be a better bowler. He is the first Nepali cricketer to have played in the IPL. He is also selected for playing various T20 Leagues including Bangladesh Premier League and BBL.
3. Mehboob Alam
He is the first ever bowler to pick all 10 wickets in an international limited overs match against Mozambique while playing the ICC World Cricket League in 2008. He also scored the highest runs in a T20 match i.e., 88 of 41 balls. Alam’s ability to win the game with both bat and ball makes him a complete match-winner. He leads the Sagarmatha Legends in the Nepal Premier League.
4. Gyanendra Malla
Malla is a right-handed batsman, who was a part of Nepal's U-19 world-cup squad and smashed 145 runs including 45 in a well-known two-run triumph against South Africa. He has scored over one thousand runs in the T20Is and 673 in the ODIs. He is a dependable batsman who weaves a formidable partnership with his partner and sets the tone of the game.
5. Sharad Vesawkar
The UAE born Nepali cricketer, Sharad Veswakar is a middle order batsman and a destructive right-arm off-break bowler. After slamming an unbeaten 105 against Fiji he became the third Nepali cricketer to register a century in international cricket. He was one of the prominent players of the 2006 U-19 world-cup squad that won a plate championship. Shard is currently the captain of Panchankanya Tej in the Nepal Premier League.
6. Bhuwan Karki
A left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner, Bhuwan Karki was the highest wicket-taker in the 2014 edition of Nepal Premier Leagues and was also a part of the U-19 squad where he wooed people with his skills. He took seven wickets in two matches of the ICC World Cricket League Division three and made batsmen dance on his spin. He recently (March 2020) made his debut for the senior team and is looking in good form.
7. Dipendra Singh Airee
Appointed as the captain of the T20 side, Dipendra was also a part of the U-19 squad and the captain of the respective side. One of his prominent performances came against India when he scored 88 runs and picked four wickets against India in the group A match.
8. Shakti Gauchan
Gauchan made his debut in 2018 when Nepal played its first ODI against the Netherlands. He became the second Nepali cricketer to have registered a century in international cricket, after he smashed a swashbuckling 106 o103 deliveries. He is the third highest wicket-taker of the Nepal cricket team, with 100 wickets in his pocket.
9. Binod Das
The former Nepali captain, Binod Das made his debut against UAE in 2000. He led Nepal in the 2002 U-19 world cup and finished as plate runner ups. The team inflicted a defeat on the Pakistani side in the respective tournament and Das ended the tournament as a prolific player, scoring 131 runs and picking up 11 wickets. In his career he picked 41 wickets and scored over 200 runs.
10. Rohit Paudel
Rohit Paudel is an upcoming prodigy. He made his debut in the 2018 ICC cricket league division tournament in 2018 and 2019 became the youngest male cricketer to score a half-century in international cricket. He was additionally the leading run-scorer for his team within the 2018 command U-19 Asia cup, marking 161 runs in 3 matches. He is vouch to be the next prominent face of Nepal cricket.