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The hit names of Everest Premier League 2018

Dec 27, 2018 | CN Staff |

The domestic cricket's mega event Everest Premier League was a good platform to perform for domestic cricketers who emerged in just countable numbers after foreign recruits did most of the job for each franchises. 

In this section, Roshan Dhital talks about some of the Nepalese players who punched above their weights and performed well to prove themselves.

5. Kushal Malla (Bhairahawa Gladiators)

The former national U-16 team cricketer was a revelation after the player making his way into the Gladiators through talent hunt shone twice -- once with bat and then with the ball. Although the numbers don't go with his performance, Kushal can be called as EPL's find this season. Kushal scored 56 runs from five innings but the 11-ball 27 in a swift half century partnership against Chitwan Tigers in a crunch Eliminator match was the crucial one. He then took three key wickets against Kathmandu Kings XI in the second Qualifier to return with man-of-the-match award.

4. Karan KC (Biratnagar Warriors)

Karan is the only player to win back-to-back man-of-the-matches although the defending champions crashed out of the group stage. Karan starred in Warriors' first two matches. In a low scoring tournament opener against Lalitpur Patriots smashing an unbeaten 36 and picking up two wickets. In another low-scoring game against Pokhara Rhinos, Karan struck 20 runs alone in the Super Over to hand Warriors a sensational victory. Warriors batting order flopped throughout the tournament and it was Karan on whom they pinned their hopes on.

3. Avinash Bohora (Bhairahawa Gladiators)

A name that probably went unnoticed for many because in a Twenty20 format where batsmen steal all the show, Avinash had performed with the ball. Avinash picked up seven wickets in the tournament as second most economical bowler -- with more than five wickets -- of the season. He bowled excellently in the death overs and had economy rate of 5.77. Avinash justified the faith put by skipper Sharad Vesawkar bowling his heart out despite being introduced after 10 overs. 

2. Pawan Sarraf (Lalitpur Patriots)

A champion with Gyanendra Malla's side, Pawan remained an integral part of Patriots' title triumph. He perfectly filled the void left by ace leggie Sandeep Lamichhane picking up 11 wickets to finish as second highest wicket taker of EPL. Although the numbers with the bat doesn't look big but the contribution he made in the middle order was something that is worth talking. An allrounder with the U-19 team, Pawan seems to have given a knock at national team door.

1. Dipendra Singh Airee (Chitwan Tigers)

In a list of high scorers congested by foreign players, Dipendra is the only domestic cricketer who performed throughout the tournament with the bat. Dipendra finished as EPL's second highest scorer with 231 runs. The only Nepali cricketer to score two half centuries, Dipendra was always a delight to watch giving a consistent performance. The national cricket team batting order has all been about the big three -- Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla and Sharad Vesawkar. Dipendra now makes it the big four. His highest score was 56 against Bhairahawa Gladiators which came for a losing cause. 

Honourable Mentions

National team skipper Paras Khadka was precise to accept that the youngsters outperformed the senior players in the EPL. There were some other names in the tournament that did well and suggested the future was bright. Here are few other names. 

Lalit Singh Bhandari (Chitwan Tigers)

The fast bowler from Far West has always been a performer in domestic franchise leagues. EPL was not an exception for him. He took 10 wickets in the tournament with the best bowling figures of 4-24. His entertaining celebration after castling Paras in Tigers' sensational victory was a delight to watch for everyone. 

Yogendra Singh Karki (Lalitpur Patriots)

The man who replaced Mehboob Alam this season, Yogendra justified Patriots' decision to bring him on board. Yogendra picked up nine wickets in the tournament and gave a man-of-the-match performance when he starred with the bat as well against Kathmandu Kings XI in the first Qualifier. He showed a huge amount of maturity stealing nine runs in the final over from Jitendra Mukhiya without hitting a boundary to hand Patriots a thrilling one wicket victory. 

Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi (Patriots)

Another Patriots name who has proved himself time and again anytime he gets a chance. Left arm spinner Lalit has been with the national team for quite a while and used all his experience in the EPL to make impact. He took seven wickets in the tournament and was adjudged the man-of-the-final with the bowling figures of 3-17 when Patriots overcame Gladiators by 14 runs.


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