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Once nervy Sagar strong on his ambitions

Sagar Pun made his debut with the senior national team from the ACC Twenty20 Cup match against Singapore in March this year. It was a match where Nepal posted their highest ever Twenty20 total — 210 for 5 — with Sagar limited at the dug out when it came to batting. 


Sagar then had his chance with the ball in Nepal’s defense and bowled three nervy overs picking up one wicket and giving away 20 runs in an spell where he got hold of “big balls”.


“I was a bit nervous when I was handed the ball for my first over. Maybe it was due to my nervousness, I felt that the ball was pretty big than other ordinary day and I even found it difficult in the beginning to pitch it,” Sagar had said then.


Touted as one of the future potentials for the senior side, there had been talks that the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup player was handed a late debut but now he seems to be gradually claiming his stake in the national fold with the ACC Emerging Teams Cup call-up.


Sagar is very much eager to cement his place playing at a higher level. “I have to perform in Singapore (ACC Emerging Teams Cup) to make sure that there is no turning back for me,” said Sagar who slammed 144 runs against Biratnagar during the One Day National Tournament last year.


Sagar was declared the man-of-the-series in the One Day National after he piled up huge runs and picked up eight wickets but now he has been given a role of an spinner.Along with his U-19 World Cup skipper Prithu, Sagar is certain to get much of the match as a right-arm spinner — a job designated by coach Pubudu Dassanayake.


Sagar doesn’t want to upset his coach. “I want to justify the coach’s trust in me. Apart from the ball, I will give my 100 per cent with the bat because I know the only way to cement my place in the senior team is by giving performance,” added the right-handed batsman.

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