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The flop names of Everest Premier League 2018

Dec 26, 2018 | CN Staff |

The Everest Premier League Twenty20 got a perfect climax after national team vice-captain Gyanendra Malla kissed his first domestic franchise league trophy leading Lalitpur Patriots to title triumph over Bhairahawa Gladiators. The tournament witnessed a perfect finale after almost 20,000 spectators thronged the TU Stadium. 

While the tournament created and broke many records in domestic Twenty20, the stiff competition at the other hand has certainly raised the level of competition. Some players emerged to utilise the platform and at the same time some big names under-performed. In this section, Roshan Dhital will talk about the players who flopped in the tournament. 

6. Aarif Sheikh (Bhairhawa Gladiators)

Aarif was in the list of hits last season but not this year. Aarif's performance has been good with national team scoring 346 runs from 19 innings in 2018 but his recent domestic tournament statitstics suggest otherwise. Aarif scored just 69 runs in the EPL with average of 9.85 and failed to produce any notable innings this edition. 

5. Prithu Baskota (Chitwan Tigers)

Another skipper in the least. Prithu was okay with captaincy but not with the performance to which he himself admitted after the completion of the Eliminator where his side lost to Bhairahawa Gladiators. Batting in the middle order, Prithu totalled just 49 runs from four innings and was largely overshadowed by his teammate Dipendra Singh Airee among domestic players in Tigers. His highest score in the tournament was 26. 

4. Naresh Budhayer (Kathmandu Kings XI)

Naresh has been around in Nepali cricket for quite a while having made debut for the senior team almost 10 years ago. But it looks like he needs at least 50 matches to play one good innings in domestic tournament. He had scored a half century in the Pokhara Premier League but his EPL outing was super flop. He scored 37 runs from seven innings with an average of 6.16. Naresh now could be waiting for DPL for one big performance before he goes to another period hibernation. 

3. Rajesh Pulami Magar (Pokhara Rhinos)

Averaging just 10.75, Rajesh scored just 43 runs throughout the tournament in five innings. In a Rhinos squad that most of the times saw brutal hitting from South African Richard Levi, Rajesh had the role of providing the lift to build on to a big total. But he flopped. Pulami was seen as a bright prospect of Nepali cricket after he trained at the MCC in 2013 and was even called up by Kurunegala Sports Club for three-day cricket two years later. But since then, he is going through rough patches with continuous below-par performance anywhere he plays. 

2. Paras Khadka (Biratnagar Warriors)

Its quite amazing to see Paras Khadka getting into this list but its a truth that his below-par performance is one of the major reasons why defending champions Warriors had to make early exit from the tournament. Paras is among those domestic players who got enough playing time coming in to open the bat for Warrior's last four games. But his bat hardly did the talking. He scored just 50 runs from five matches with an impoverished average of 10. His best score was 21 against Kathmandu Kings XI. With the ball he picked up just four wickets.

1. Raju Rijal (Kathmandu Kings XI)

Former U-19 national team skipper Raju Rijal might have a peculiar record of being the only captain to guide Nepal into U-19 World Cup quarter-finals. Considering how he is doing in recent past, that achievement should now be left far behind. He featured in six out of seven Kings XI matches but scored just 10 runs. Raju had drawn everyone's attention after he was picked up for the senior side and was lauded for his class act with the bat but he has been well below everyone's expectations.


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