Though left arm spinner Basanta Regmi is not completely content with his performance in the Canadian League, the bowling all rounder has been transformed into a responsible man.
A bowler who has always been expected to take wickets and even excels the expectations, Basanta took just 13 wickets out of the seven matches he played with GTA Challengers Club in the Canadian second Division League. More than ball, Basanta starred in Canada with his bat. “They (batsmen in Canada) never attacked me. Never. I was frustrated because whenever I bowled the deliveries which have usuallly fetched wickets, they just kept on defending all of them,” Basanta said.
But that was not the whole story for the left armer who took 41 wickets in the three international tournaments that country played in the Nepal calendar year.
It is the sense of responsibilty that has transformed Basanta. “I was given a huge amount of responsibility in Canada. I had to take the decisions to set the fielding and make game plans as well,” he said. “Apart from the responsibility, there was pressure to perform as well because I was hired by a team that is based in a foreign land.”
“The responsibilty has taught me a lot and I am sure that it will help me a lot in implementing those plans while playing for Nepal,” Basanta referred to the upcoming ACC Emerging Teams Cup adding it was not just a one-way traffic in Canada.
“I even shared a lots of experienced that I have had by playing for Nepal in my decade long career,” said Basanta. The left handed batsmen known as “Crisis Man” for the team for his ability to bat under crunch situations, said it was a challenge to play in Canada.
“The Canadian League involves players from almost all cricketing nations and that makes cricket very competitive there. We are well aware of our opponents while playing regional cricket. But it is not the case in Canada,” he said. “Everytime we get to encounter new faces and we don’t really know the capability of them and how they play. So it makes the Canadian League very exciting and challenging.” Out of the nine matches Basanta was supposed to play, two of them were washed out, while his team secured victories in five and lost two of them.