If Paras Khadka was there with the man-of-the-series performance in Division-II, there were players who were laughed at as well. The competition has always been stiff in the race to national team spot but when performance don't come, the worst players will have to go through under-performers' tag. After top four performers of Division II here are cricketingnepal.com's four under performers for Nepal in Division-II:
4. Sharad Vesawkar
The confidence was high when Sharad Vesawkar left for Division-II recovering from a surgery of hemorrhoids. He had did it in the past and the expectation was once again high from the most experienced batsman of the country before all that fizzled out in Namibia. Nepal has seen how Sharad has launched the ball over the park during the slog overs in the past tournaments but nothing like that came from him. His Division-II campaign ended with two boundaries which he combined from the 184 deliveries in five matches where he got the chance to bat. His only memorable innings in the tournament came in the match against the Netherlands where he returned with 24 not out in a two-wicket victory. Sharad stays at the crease, stays for long and just when one assumes he will up the ante, the moment never came.
Sharad with the bat
3. Sagar Pun
An emerging all-rounder who has now cemented his place in the side owing to his exceptional physique and the performance he delivers with both bat and ball. Expectations always revolve round him, but Division-II in Namibia was a forgetful outing for him where he made just 43 runs from 104 balls with an average of 8.60. Sagar Pun's failure with the bat could have been compensated with the ball but he couldn't deliver from that department as well. He conceded 140 runs in 34 overs picking up just four wickets in six innings.
Sagar with the bat
Sagar with the ball
2. Subash Khakurel
Subash Khakurel had been the leading scorer from Nepal in most of the outings that Nepal went for in the last two years until the trip to Namibia changed that. The best opening batsman who served country with his strong performance in the position during different tournaments made just 63 runs in six innings. His tournament finished with seven boundaries. It was hard to believe that it was the same batsman who has the highest individual score for Nepal in international cricket and is the most trusted and dependable one. The fans and Subash himself would expect to pass this rough patch out early.
Subash with the bat
1. Naresh Budhayer
Was that the same Naresh Budayair who batted consistently in the Division-III tournament just two months back? Naresh has fought hard for his place in the national team and after being tested with Subash Khakurel in the opening slot during the 17th Asian Games, his career got the start. Even though he didn't build on to huge score, the glimpses of a pure batsman were evident. He proved it during the Division-III in Malaysia scoring two half centuries and justifying his selection as an opener. The same was expected from him but he was horrendous. He was out for two duck-outs made just one run against the Netherlands and his top score was just 16 (against Uganda). Naresh himself knows that it was not him and we expect him to recover soon.
Naresh with the bat