Nepal Captain Rohit Paudel asks for more opportunities after nearly pulling off an upset against Proteas

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In a thrilling encounter during the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, the Nepal cricket team came agonizingly close to defeating South Africa. The match, held in Kingstown, St. Vincent, saw Nepal fall just one run short of victory—a heartbreakingly narrow margin. But amidst the disappointment, Nepal’s captain, Rohit Paudel, expressed optimism and a hunger for more opportunities.

Facing a must-win situation to advance to the Super 8s, Nepal put up a spirited fight against the Proteas. Their bowlers restricted South Africa to a mere 115 runs in their allotted 20 overs—a commendable effort. The chase was on track until Tabraiz Shamsi’s heroics turned the tide. Aasif Shaikh’s valiant 42 kept Nepal in contention until the final over.

Good days lie ahead for Nepal Cricket Team

Captain Rohit Paudel expressed pride in his team’s performance. Despite the narrow loss, they fought well, showcasing resilience and skill. Paudel astutely recognized the slow wicket conditions, favouring spinners. Nepal’s bowling strategy reflected this awareness.

“I think I am very proud of the unit, especially the way we bowled and batted. When we saw the wicket yesterday, we thought it would be on the slower side. When we were bowling I thought the wicket was helping the spinners so we carried on with the spinners,” said Paudel.

Nepal’s cricketing journey has been marked by passion and talent, but limited opportunities hinder their growth. Paudel believes that facing stronger opponents consistently will propel Nepal to the other side of victory.

“I think we were very close but a little far. In crunch moments we did well, I thought we fought very well. If we get more exposure to games like this, we will be on the other side.”

Paudel acknowledged the unwavering support of Nepal’s passionate fans. Rain or shine, they stand by their team. Their encouragement fuels the players’ resolve. Paudel expressed heartfelt gratitude for their loyalty.

“I want to thank the fans for the way they have been supporting us. They come a long way, in the rain and everything, they come to support us,” said Paudel.

Nepal’s final match in the tournament awaits—a clash against Bangladesh. Paudel’s plea for exposure echoes beyond this game. Nepal aims to rise, learn, and compete on the global stage.

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