The Division-II tournament is gone and Nepal assured their stay in the stage of the ICC ladder returning back with a prized-place in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. As each and every tournament comes up with bigger expectations from the players, cricketingnepal.com has counted what it all takes to be the performers. Here we are listing our top four performers in the Division-II:-
4. Karan KC
Karan KC who was making a debut for the national team bounced back strongly in the tournament after going wicket less in the first two matches. KC ended up picking nine wickets from six matches. He bowled 43.1 overs and conceding just 143 runs. His arrival to the Nepali bowling scene was even worthier when he returned the figures of 5-26 against Canada. It remained the third best bowling figures among all the bowlers in the tournament. Karan forged the best opening bowling attack for Nepal with Sompal Kami and with the areas of improvements, he can be the most lethal weapon.
Karan with the ball
3. Som Pal Kami
Fast bowling sensation Sompal Kami was the third highest wicket taker in the tournament. He took 11 wickets from six matches. He took two wickets each in the first four games and after a wicket-less spell against Kenya in the final league game, he returned the figures of 3-41. The biggest thing about Sompal is he has been delivering longer spells. Bowling 52.4 overs, Sompal conceded 211 runs keeping five maiden overs. His contribution of 24 runs under an intense situation when Nepal defeated the Netherlands for their first ever victory against the experienced European team, Sompal's credentials has gone high after the tournament although his other innings couldn't be fruitful with the bat.
Som Pal with the ball
2. Gyanendra Malla
Vice-Captain and middle order batsman Gyanendra Mall was heading into Division-II after getting rid of a heavy burden of not getting a century and his bat once again did all the talking. The most consistent batsman from Nepal in the tournament, Gyanendra finished was the third highest scorer of the tournament and leading scorer from Nepal with 236 runs. His 91 runs not out would have carried a huge importance in the history of Nepali cricket had not Nepal lost the crucial league game against Kenya after the team made 194 all out. With World Cricket League Championship looming, expect more from the middle order main stay.
Gyanendra with the bat
1. Paras Khadka
Although Captain Paras Khadka rules out that Division-II was a tournament of his comeback, it was in terms of stats. Paras was not only the top performer of Nepal but also the entire tournament. He made runs, guided the team to victory, picked up wickets and was electrifying in the field. Nepal have always been proud of him for his influential leadership too. His performance was crucial when he made back-to-back half centuries in the victories against Canada and Namibia. He finished tournament with 185 runs hitting 20 boundaries and six sixers. Bowling 52 overs, the skipper conceded 137 runs with 10 maiden overs picking up six wickets.
Paras with the bat
Paras with the ball