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Rising Stars to Watch: Nepal Eyes Glory at U-19 Cricket World Cup

January 14, 2024
U-19 Cricket World Cup
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The stage is set for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2024, and cricket fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the clash of young talents. Among the promising teams eyeing the coveted trophy is Nepal, whose exciting roster boasts four players included in the ICC’s prestigious “Players to Watch” list.

Nepal’s Leading Lights:

Leading the charge is captain Dev Khanal, a batsman who has already tasted the thrill of representing Nepal at the senior level. Khanal’s calm demeanor and intelligent shot selection make him a key figure in Nepal’s batting order.

Dev Khanal

Gulshan Jha, another senior team regular, brings his potent pace bowling and aggressive batting to the U-19 squad. Jha’s ability to swing the ball both ways and dispatch deliveries to the boundary makes him a valuable asset for Nepal.

Gulshan Jha

Arjun Kumal, a versatile all-rounder, has been turning heads with his consistent performances in the U-19 circuit. His elegant strokeplay and knack for picking up crucial wickets make him a player to watch out for.

Arjun Kumal

Durgesh Gupta, a left-arm seamer, completes the quartet of Nepali players on the “Players to Watch” list. Gupta’s ability to generate awkward angles and extract pace from the surface makes him a difficult proposition for opposing batsmen.

Durgesh Gupta

Impressive Warm-Up Form:

Nepal has been sharpening its claws in the lead-up to the World Cup, registering dominant victories in warm-up matches against Scotland and Namibia. Their recent win against Scotland by 7 wickets showcased their strong bowling attack and clinical batting performance.

Facing Tough Challenges:

Nepal’s journey in the World Cup will begin on January 21st with a challenging encounter against New Zealand. They will then face Pakistan on January 24th and Afghanistan on January 26th, placing them in a competitive group alongside some of the tournament’s favorites.

Strong Squad Backed by National Pride:

Despite the tough competition, Nepal boasts a well-balanced squad capable of springing surprises. With experienced players like Khanal and Jha alongside talented youngsters like Kumal and Gupta, Nepal has the potential to carve its path to glory. Moreover, the passionate support of the Nepali cricket fans will undoubtedly provide the squad with an extra boost of motivation.

The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup promises to be a thrilling spectacle, and Nepal’s young guns are ready to take center stage. With their talent, grit, and the backing of a nation, Nepal aims to write its chapter in the annals of cricketing history.

Remember, the World Cup starts on January 19th! Don’t miss the chance to catch these rising stars in action and cheer for Nepal as they chase their World Cup dream.

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Yukesh Chaudhary

Yukesh Chaudhary is the CEO and Founder of Niriv, The parent company of The Ditible. He writes on sports news and trends, He has been writing sports news from 2021 and has been writing here.

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