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Prithu goes easy on ramp

For former U-19 national team skipper and now a senior team member Prithu Baskota, walking in the ramp is actually a job he knows very well.

Coming from a team that has appeased everyone back home winning multiple tournaments for the last two years, Prithu is probably the biggest face to walk in a grand stage of the Pulsar Sports Award on July 2.

A winner of the Youth Player of the Year in previous edition, the ramp at the Academy Hall won’t be a new thing for the 21-year old Prithu. The chubby and cute looking Prithu has already posed for Sports Award previously and that experience has left him with no awkwardness. “I have done it before and there is no awkwardness for me owing to that experience,” Prithu told cricketingnepal.com. “The choreography this time is slightly different from the one I was involved previously. But, I am taking it easy,” he added.

“Its all about building confidence while walking in the ramp. I have that confidence and am enjoying it a lot,” said Prithu, who led Nepal during the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia.

The training for the ramp walk for Prithu comes after he finishes a daily routine of self training ahead of Nepal’s grueling international schedule that begins with August’s ACC Emerging Teams Cup.

An all rounder in the team who was well known for his batting at the age group cricket, Prithu bowled a perfect opening spell for Nepal when they won the ICC World Cricket League Division-III final against Uganada on May 5.

Prithu continuously delivered 10 overs picking up one wicket giving away 15 runs. However, Prithu has been heavily criticised for not being able to deliver with his bat. The APF cricketer — who comes down the order — is well aware about the situation.

“The openers have been doing a great job for us. Since I come down the order, a very little is left to do for me. I think with limited chances I have done what is needed for the team,” he said adding he is still concerned with the circumstances.

“To some extent, I am concerned with this problem because I think I have delivered at the time when it is needed. We (with Sharad Vesawkar) did it against Uganda in the Division-III final after five wickets fell down,” he added. “Coming down the order it only comes to finishing off the game more than anchoring the innings.”

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