Paras Khadka

Country: Nepal
Born: October 24, 1987, Nepal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast, Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder

Paras Khadka Bio

Paras Khadka: A Legendary Titan of Nepali Cricket

Paras Khadka, a towering figure on and off the cricket field, is an iconic player who has left an indelible mark on Nepali cricket. His contributions to the sport have not only shaped the future of cricket in Nepal but have also catapulted the nation to new heights in the global cricketing arena. Often compared to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Garry Sobers, Khadka’s versatile skill set and unwavering determination have cemented his status as one of Nepal’s greatest sportsmen.

Khadka’s cricketing journey began at a tender age when he made his U-19 debut at just 15 years old. His exceptional talent and potential were evident, leading to his senior team debut at the age of 16 in 2004. Recognizing his leadership qualities and immense potential, he was appointed as the captain of the senior team in 2009, marking the beginning of a new era for Nepali cricket.

Under Khadka’s captaincy, Nepal witnessed a remarkable rise in the global rankings. From Division Five of the World Cricket League, they secured a historic berth in the T20 World Cup in 2014, where they triumphed over Afghanistan and Hong Kong. Nepal’s triumphant journey continued as they achieved ODI status in 2018, a testament to Khadka’s unwavering dedication and leadership.

In his illustrious career spanning over 250 matches for the senior team, Khadka’s impact was profound. Though his List A record may appear modest, his contributions were often the difference between victory and defeat for Nepal. With limited talent surrounding him, Khadka shouldered the responsibility of anchoring the innings and showcasing his dynamic range of strokes. He not only acted as the backbone of the Nepali batting order but also embodied the team’s brain, heart, and spirit.

Khadka’s match-winning capabilities extended beyond his batting prowess. His medium pace and offspin bowling skills often provided valuable breakthroughs for Nepal. His ability to rise to the occasion garnered high respect from captains worldwide. One match that exemplified his mastery as a grafting match-winner was Nepal’s first ODI victory against the Netherlands in August 2018. Scoring an impressive 51 runs and taking crucial wickets at the death to secure a one-run victory, Khadka showcased his all-round brilliance.

While Khadka’s fame and influence spanned Nepal, he never got the opportunity to showcase his talents in major franchise cricket. His all-around skill set, which made him a master of none, failed to attract the attention of bidders in the big-money T20 leagues. Nevertheless, his pioneering efforts paved the way for future Nepali players, including Sandeep Lamichhane, to reap the rewards of major franchise cricket.

After nearly a decade at the helm and just over a year after securing ODI status for Nepal, Khadka stepped down from the captaincy in October 2019. His cricketing journey concluded rather quietly with his last match being a T20I against Thailand in Bangkok in March 2020. Despite this, his legacy as a trailblazer in Nepali cricket stands tall.

In August 2021, Khadka announced his retirement from professional cricket. His departure marked the end of an era, as he bid farewell to the sport that he had dedicated his life to. Although he may not have received the international acclaim he deserved, his contributions to Nepali cricket remain unparalleled. Khadka’s impactful leadership and exceptional performances will forever be etched in the annals of Nepali cricketing history.

Paras Khadka, a cricketing legend, has left an enduring legacy, inspiring generations of Nepali cricketers to dream big and reach for the stars. His influence on and off the field have undoubtedly shaped the future of cricket in Nepal, and his contributions will continue to resonate for years to come.

Paras Khadka Career Stats

Paras Khadka Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 33 32 3 799 106* 27.55 624 128.04 1 4 82 26 16 0
ODIs 10 10 1 315 115 35 398 79.14 1 1 40 5 7 0
FC 2 2 0 72 44 36 158 45.56 0 0 - - 4 0
List A 44 44 2 1497 115 35.64 1884 79.45 3 9 146 40 18 0
T20s 56 52 9 1317 106* 30.62 1056 124.71 1 8 120 40 26 0

Paras Khadka Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 33 26 348 360 8 2/11 2/11 45 6.2 43.5 0 0 0
ODIs 10 9 372 243 9 4/26 4/26 27 3.91 41.3 1 0 0
FC 2 - 60 21 1 1/19 - 21 2.1 60 0 0 0
List A 44 36 1428 916 26 4/26 4/26 35.23 3.84 54.9 1 0 0
T20s 56 49 757 753 28 3/22 3/22 26.89 5.96 27 0 0 0

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