Ever since Nepal played the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, the country has been recorded in the stats of the Twenty20 Internationals. With the maiden appearance in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, Nepal so far have played 33 Twenty20 Internationals in this more than five year span. The number of matches, of course, is few but Nepal have managed to make quite a few records.
The country witnessed its first Twenty20 International century through former skipper Paras Khadka in a tri-nation series in Singapore, while Sompal Kami holds the record of highest scorer as No 10 batsman in the shortest version of the game.
Twenty20 International is a format which automatically instills in batsmen the mentality of big shots. As the batsmen hasten for glory, they tend to lose wicket in no time at all. Today, we are taking a look at the most number of ducks for Nepali batsmen in Twenty20 Internationals.
Nepali batsmen with most duck outs in T20 International
5 Sandeep Lamichhane
The leg spinning sensation of Nepali cricket who has also bowled over the world with his bowling prowess in global franchise Twenty20 competitions has played 20 Twenty20 Internationals for Nepal. He has been dismissed twice for ducks in the shorter version of the game. He so far has nine innings to his name.
He has featured in Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League.
4 Karan KC
After the life-saving innings against Canada in the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia, Karan has earned himself a name of ‘Miracle Boy’ or ‘Valentine Boy’ of Nepal cricket. It was because his miraculous innings to hand Nepal an unlikely victory came during February 14.
The fast bowling all-rounder also has two ducks to his name out of 18 innings he got to play from 20 Twenty20 Internationals. Karan’s highest score in T20 International is 40 not out.
3 Pawan Sarraf
Pawan Sarraf might be a new face for national team but this young player who rose from the U-19 ranks has impressed everyone with his all-round and hard hitting performance. Sarraf might not have impressed pretty much with his bat but seems to be a future of Nepali cricket.
Pawan so far has played 12 matches for Nepal and has been dismissed thrice without opening his account.
2 Paras Khadka
It could be surprising for cricket fans to get their former skipper Paras Khadka’s name in this list and that too as a batsman who has scored a Twenty20 International and One Day International century for the country. But its true. Paras has been dismissed for duck three times in his career.
Paras has played 33 matches while batting in 32 innings. He has 799 Twenty20 International runs to his name. His best score of 106 not out came against Singapore in a Tri-Nation Series in Singapore that also involved Zimbabwe.
1. Pradeep Singh Airee
Pradeep paid for his inconsistency to lose spot in the national team and has been in and out of the national set up. Before the Twenty20 Internationals, Pradeep played few blazing knocks in the ACC Twenty20 tournaments but after Nepal began to play Twenty20 Internationals he hasn’t been able to give the best. The former opener has been out for duck in four occasions.
Airee played 11 matches for Nepal and scored just 87 runs. His highest score is 29.
Apart from the above names, fast bowler Abinash Bohara, former left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan and another left arm spinner Susan Bhari have been duck out twice while playing for Nepal.