Finally, the most awaited date has arrived. Its February 8, ICC World Cricket League Division II will commence today. We have triple-header today in three different venue.
Unpredictable Kenya will lock horn against tournament favorite, UAE in Wanderers followed by host Namibia and Nepal in WAP, and promoted sides Oman and Canada in Trustco United.
Without taking your precious time, I would like to jump to the point quickly. We are going to present you the some of players from Nepal to watch out for Nepal vs Namibia.
Sandeep Lamichhane :-
In the modern game with bigger bats, flatter pitches and the game generally tending to favor the batsman, it is very rare to see a bowler do well and be noticed in the limited overs formats of the game. One such bowler is the quiet, unassuming leg-spinner from Nepal – Sandeep Lamichhane. He along with Basant Regmi had been able to control innings, bring down the scoring rate of the opposition and in the process getting wickets for his side. His stock ball is the googly but his well-disguised leg-spin foxes even the best players of spin. He is one bowler who doesn’t necessarily need a turning pitch to be threatening. If the pitch grips and has something in it for the bowlers, Lamichhane will be effective.
Paras Khadka usually bowls Lamichhane in the middle overs to stifle the run flow. And he has responded well to what’s expected from him. He has picked up 12 wickets in 9 list ‘A’ matches, with a very impressive economy rate of 4.59.
With the sucess of leg-spinner in limited over format, Sandeep Lamichhane’s role significantly increases. He will be looked at to get wickets and not just contain the Namibian run flow. Recently, he have been appointed by IPL franchise, Delhi Daredevils, his franchise also must have a eyes on his form so will be a big test for the leg-spinner and Nepal will be hoping he bowls well and helps them in their success.
Rohit Paudel :-
Rohit Kumar Paudel is one of the finest talents coming out from Everest Premier League. He has grown in stature in the past 3-4 months. His fielding is exceptional, but the main reason for him becoming a force to reckon with is his attacking batting.
He makes batting look really simple when he is in good knick. His biggest strength is his ability to absorb pressure coming down the order and taking control of the innings. He, and Karan KC both played the role of the finisher very well in recent times.
The power he generates from his bat is astounding at times. It is this quality of his which has made his way to national squad who has been recognised by almost every Nepal’s cricket team fans.
He is someone, Namibia would be weary of. Can he continue his good form and showcase his talent in the today’s match against Namibia?
Karan KC :-
He was playing for Nepal since years ago but still he wasn’t able to guarantee his spot in Nepal’s playing XI. He usually wash away his brilliant performance followed by some lose performance. KC came into national reckoning when his bowling was one of the main reasons for Biratnagar Warriors to win the Everest Premier League 2017. With his good form and the fact that he isn’t Nepal pace bowling spearhead might released pressure of him and help him to give out his best. Karan KC has shown promise in the EPL and is known to keep his cool under pressure. This tournament offers him the chance to establish himself as a more long-term option for the Paras Khadka-led Nepal team heading into the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018
Paras Khadka in ICC WCL Division II 2015 :-
Innings – 06
Runs – 185
Avg – 30.33
Wickets – 06
(Man of the series)