"Young Stars Surya Tamang and Rijan Dhakal Shine in Memorable ODI Debuts Against Canada"
Kathmandu- In a thrilling encounter at the TU Cricket Ground, Bagmati Province's rising stars, Surya Tamang and Rijan Dhakal, showcased their immense potential as they made their much-anticipated One-Day International (ODI) debuts for the Nepal National Men's Cricket Team.
The duo's inclusion in the national side comes as a result of their outstanding performances in the recently concluded PM Men's Cup. Surya, a talented left-arm off-spinner, emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, earning him the prestigious Best Player award. Meanwhile, Rijan, a promising pace bowler, stood out amongst his peers, finishing as the second-highest wicket-taker among the pacemen, just behind the experienced Sompal Kami.
Notably, the return of Madhesh Province's hard-hitting batter, Pawan Sarraf, adds further depth to the team's lineup. However, the U-19 talents Hemant Dhami, Aakash Chand, Dev Khanal, along with Anil Shah, will have to wait for their chance as they miss out on the playing XI.
Captain Rohit Paudel won the toss and elected to bat first, setting the stage for an exciting clash. The playing XI for Nepal in this historic match includes Rohit Paudel (Captain), Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Bhim Sharki, Aarif Sheikh, Pawan Sarraf, Rijan Dhakal, Surya Tamang, Aasif Sheikh, Lalit Rajbanshi, and Sompal Kami. The bench comprises Hemant Dhami, Aakash Chand, Anil Shah, and Dev Khanal.
The ODI debut of Surya Tamang and Rijan Dhakal marks a significant milestone in their cricketing careers, and their exceptional performances against Canada have already captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. With their immense talent and dedication, these young stars are poised to make a lasting impact on the international cricketing stage.