Paras Khadka

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Paras Khadka
पारस खड्का
Paras Khadka NP.JPG
Paras Khadka during the 2013 Division Three in Bermuda
Personal information
Full nameParas Khadka
Born (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 31)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium/ off spin bowler
RoleAll-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 5)1 August 2018 v Netherlands
Last ODI30 August 2018 v UAE
T20I debut (cap 4)16 March 2014 v Hong Kong
Last T20I29 July 2018 v Netherlands
T20I shirt no.77
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2011–2015APF (National League)
2014–presentBiratnagar Warriors (EPL)
2015–2015Marylebone Cricket Club
2012–2013Ontario Cricket Academy and Club 8
2017-presentTeam Chauraha Dhangadhi
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 2 11 2 34
Runs scored 63 236 72 1182
Batting average 31.5 23.60 36.00 35.81
100s/50s 0/1 0/1 0/0 2/8
Top score 51 54 44 112*
Balls bowled 60 168 60 1056
Wickets 4 2 1 17
Bowling average 6.50 85.00 21.00 39.58
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/26 1/3 1/19 3/14
Catches/stumpings -/- 4/– 4/– 11/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 30 August 2018

Paras Khadka (Nepali: पारस खड्का; born 24 October 1987) is a Nepalese cricketer and the current captain of the Nepal national team. All-rounder Khadka is a right-handed batsman, a right-arm medium-fast bowler, and an occasional off break bowler.[1] He made his debut for Nepal against Malaysia in April 2004.[2] He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Nepal's first ever One Day International (ODI) match, against the Netherlands, in August 2018.

He was the no. 74 ranked T20I batsman in the world, achieving the 278 rating benchmark on 17 July 2015.[3]And he is no. 36 T20I ranked all rounder in the world, in September 2018.

Paras Khadka became the sixth Nepali cricketer to score an international century, when he hit an unbeaten 106 off 77 balls against Kuwait during the 2012 ACC Trophy Elite in October 2012.[4]

He is also the captain of APF Club in the National League and Vishal Warriors in the Nepal Premier League.

Under his captaincy, Nepal won the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Nepal, 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four in Malaysia, 2012 ACC Trophy Elite in UAE, 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Bermuda, 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Malaysia, participated in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and gained the Twenty20 International status.[5][6]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Kathmandu, in 1987, Paras Khadka first represented Nepal at the Under-15 level when he played in the Under-15 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December 2002. He played for the Nepal Under-19s the following year, playing once against India Under-19s, and also in the 2003 Youth Asia Cup in Karachi.[7]

In 2004, after playing in the ACC Under-17 Cup in India, he played in his first Under-19 World Cup, the 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. He also made his debut for the senior side that year when he played against Malaysia in the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup, also his first-class debut.[8]

Later in the year, he played in the 2004 ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur in addition to ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament matches against Singapore, the UAE and Hong Kong. In early 2005, he played in the Repêchage Tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy,[7]

After a match in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup against Hong Kong,[8] he returned to the Nepal Under-19 team for the 2005 ACC Under-19 Cup, held in Nepal.[7] Nepal won the tournament after beating Malaysia in the final,[9] thus qualifying for the 2006 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka the following February. Nepal won the plate tournament in the World Cup, beating Test-playing nations New Zealand [10] and South Africa[11] along the way.

Returning to the senior side, Khadka went on a tour of Pakistan before playing in the 2006 ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. He also played all four ACC Premier League matches against Hong Kong, the UAE, Singapore and Malaysia that year. He played in the 2007 ACC Under-19 Cup in Kuala Lumpur,[7] which Nepal again won after beating Afghanistan in the final.[12] He also played in the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait,[7] and captained Nepal in the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia, leading Nepal to the tenth-place finish.[13]

Before the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup which he captained, he was quoted by the World Cup souvenir program as "arguably good enough to be in the line-up of any of the Test-playing countries".[14]

He also successfully led the country to win the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five.[15]

In May 2012, he went to play for the Ontario Cricket Academy and Club in Canada with the efforts of his national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake for a short four-month spell. He rejoined the club for 2013 season as Vice-captain. In the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, he scored 254 runs in 8 innings at an average of 50.80.[16]

In 2012, Nepal won the 2012 ACC Trophy Elite title in the UAE, where he scored a total of 291 runs at an average of 72.75[17] and picked up 9 wickets.[18] He also scored his maiden century against Kuwait in the tournament. He was named the Player of the Tournament.[19] Then he led Nepal to win the 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four in Malaysia.

He was also named the Player of the Tournament in the 2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup,[20] where he scored a total of 207 runs with an average of 41.40.[21] He led Nepal to win the 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Bermuda and got qualified for the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.

He also successfully led his country to their first World Cup appearance in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, after finishing third in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in UAE just behind Ireland and Afghanistan.

In 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, he scored 41 runs in both matches against Hong Kong and Bangladesh. He became the eighth player in T20I history to a take wicket with the first ball of his career. He set this record against Hong Kong when he took the wicket of Irfan Ahmed .[22] ESPNcricinfo said that he is Nepal's Kapil Dev after he took two catches during the match against Afghanistan in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, which helped Nepal seal the 9-run victory.[23]

In the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two, he scored 185 runs in 6 innings at an average of 30.83[24] and picked up 6 wickets at an average of 22.83 and an economy rate of 2.63.[25] Nepal qualified for the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship[26] but failed to secure promotion to Division One and qualification to 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup.[27] Earlier, he scored an unbeaten 123 off 114 balls in a practice match against Eastern Invitational XI, a cricket team of South Africa, when Nepal toured South Africa as a preparation for the tournament in January 2015.[28][29]

In the World Cricket League, from 2008 Division Five to 2015 Division Two, he has scored 1157 runs in 46 innings at an average of 31.27, with seven fifties.[24][30][31][32][33][34][35][36]

He was selected in Marylebone Cricket Club squad for the Emirates T20 tournament which was held in March 2015.[37] He scored 137 runs in the Twenty20 International series against the Netherlands at an average of 45.66.[38]

He currently leads the departmental side Armed Police Force (APF) in domestic cricket. APF recently won the National One Day and National Twenty20 Tournaments in Kathmandu.

In the January 2018, he was named captain in Nepal's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament.[39] In the first match against the host Namibia national cricket team Nepal won the toss and elected to field first. Paras bowled 4 overs with his figures of 1/16. In a chase of 139, Paras scored 19 of 35 balls. Nepal won the match by 1 wicket with 4 balls remaining.[40] The second match was with Oman national cricket team. Paras Khadka scored 17 of 42 balls as Nepal got all out in 138 runs in 46th over. Khadka bowled his spell of 0/16 in 3 overs in the match. Oman won the match by 6 wickets.[41] With one win and one loss in the tournament, the next game with UAE was crucial for Nepal. In the third match against UAE, he scored 51 runs hitting five sixes and two fours which was crucial enough to be adjudged man of the match.[42][43] With that win, Nepal had 4 points in 3 matches and was standing in the second place behind Canada.[44] In the fourth match against Kenya, he scored crucial 42 runs off 44 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes in a low scoring contest which turned victory for Nepal.[45][46] In the fifth and final match of the ICC World Cricket League Division Two, he bowled his 7 overs spell of 0/16 in the game and got out in the very first ball.[47]

In the final match of 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two against UAE, he scored 112 * runs off 103 balls with 8 sixes and 3 fours in a losing cause.[48] In reply of UAE's 277 runs, Nepal scored 270/8 in stipulated 50 overs losing by 7 runs. Paras scored his century in the final over and lost the match despite hitting 3 sixes in the final over.[49] He remained unbeaten scoring his 2nd List A century while none of his teammate scored a fifty.[50] On return to Nepal, he praised the performances of Sandeep Lamichhane and Karan KC in the last league match against Canada. He praised his teammates as:

There were new heroes in every game and that showed that every player was excited as well as determined to win matches.[51]

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli felicitated him along with other cricketers for their performances in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two.[52]

In July 2018, he was named as the captain of Nepal's squad for their One Day International (ODI) series against the Netherlands.[53] These were Nepal's first ODI matches since gaining ODI status during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[54] He made his ODI debut for Nepal against the Netherlands on 1 August 2018.[55]

In August 2018, he was named the captain of Nepal's squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament.[56] In October 2018, he was named the captain of Nepal's squad in the Eastern sub-region group for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier tournament.[57]

2010 boycott[edit]

In May 2010, 18 members of the national cricket team, led by Khadka, held a press conference and said they will not play the national league because of the behavior of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).[58] He led the boycott of national league for the second time in April 2014 demanding restructuring of Cricket Association of Nepal and better facilities for players.[59] This resulted in CAN being drawn into controversy of financial mismanagement.[60]

Awards[edit]

  • NSFJ Pulsar Player of the Year 2066 BS[61]
  • NSFJ Pulsar Player of the Year 2069 BS[62]
  • NSFJ Pulsar Player of the Year 2070 BS[63]
  • NNIPA Best cricketer of the Year 2017[64]
  • NSFJ Pulsar Player of the Year 2075 BS [65]

Personal life[edit]

He married his longtime girlfriend Prapti Rajyalaxmi Rana on 26 February 2015.[66]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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