Should Nepal take a chance on Rohit opening the inning?
Opening has always been a problem for Nepal since long. Several chances have been taken to strengthen the opening partnership; one is upfronting vice captain Gyanendra Malla as an opener. Gyanendra Malla has been opening for Nepal's side in few tournaments which in return has not given any positive outcomes, instead quick wicket of the most technical batsman of the team. Recently, ICC World Cricket League Division II was a major upset for fans seeking a good partnership from the opening pair. Out of 6 games played by Nepal in World Cricket League Division II, an average opening partnership was 14.5 runs with 38 runs opening partnership being the highest of the tour against UAE in the finals.
Nepal must focus on the best utilization of batting powerplay, if they really want to march forward in the most important tournament.ICC World Cricket League Division II was not the tournament for fans who wanted to see good total of runs in the powerplay (0.1 over to 10.0 overs). Withan average of 35.5 runs, Nepal could not make a good use of powerplay in ICC World Cricket League Division II. For this, one must take a risk of playing the game with aggression from the opening pair.Rohit Poudel somehow proves his way of playing the game aggressively depending upon the need for the team. That technical aggression against Kamlesh Nagarkoti; a rising pace star for Indian Cricket, hitting three boundries and two sixes adding 24 runs off the over (0-6-4-4-6-4) and those attacks in the Everest Premier League, definitely proves his aggression in the batting.
The patience he showed in the recent ICC World Cricket League Division II might have been a surprise package to those who started following him since some recent tournaments. The young talent was the second highest scorer for Nepal with 140 runs off 288 balls, most balls faced by any Nepalese batsman in the entire tournament. Nepal cannot always take a risk on Gyanendra Malla changing his original batting order. To overcome this, Rohit Poudel can be a good option to open the inning, if Nepal wants to utilize the powerplay the proper way. Rohit Poudel does have aggression to make the best use of the powerplay while Gyanendra Malla should be taken down the order to his original batting position to make full use of his technical batting ability. Nepal should take a chance experimenting in the warm up matches before the ICC World Cup Qualifier formally starts on 4th March.
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Paras Khadka (C)
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