Rohit Kumar Paudel, the captain of the Nepali National Cricket team was born in Nepal on September 2, 2002. On February 8th, 2018, he made his List A debut for Nepal in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two competition. He was motivated to take up cricket after Nepal’s participation in the ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. He recorded the youngest male cricketer half-century in international play in January 2019. In February 2020, his teammate Kushal Malla beat the record. He is also Nepal’s all-time leading scorer in ODIs and the first player from that country to reach 1000 runs in ODI cricket. In November 2022, Rohit Paudel was selected as captain of the Nepal cricket team.
Early Life and Cricket
On September 2, 2002, in the Nepalese district of Nawalparasi, Rohit Kumar Paudel was born. In his family, he has one older brother and one older sister who is married. He was included on the same list as the person who prefers playing video games to studying. He enjoyed watching
cricket. On holidays, he used to play all day. He was a skillful cricket player. At the time, Nepal was a brand-new cricketing nation, and he only played for fun, not as a profession. But after Nepal qualified for the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, he understood that he could make it his career and do it for the rest of his life. After discussing Cricket with his father and sibling, he was determined to be sent to Kathmandu. He was sent to live and practice cricket at the home of his older sister and brother-in-law. He was too young to live alone at the time, so he resided there with his sister because the ground was close to their house. His talent at a young age surprised the former Nepalese Cricket coach Binod Das when he first saw him. He was chosen to participate in the 2016 U-19 Asia Qualifiers camp. He joined the Nepalese team during the 2016 U-19 Asia Qualifiers, which were contested in Sri Lanka. Against the powerful India, he played a fantastic inning. He scored nearly 68 runs there, with 24 runs coming in the final over against Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who was just acquired by IPL franchise KKR for approximately INR 2 crores. Nepal lost the game, but he still made his mark and yelled like a true fighter.
He was included in the Nepalese team for their One Day International (ODI) series against the Netherlands in July 2018. Since attaining ODI status during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Nepal played their first ODI games in these ones. On July 29, 2018, he played his first Twenty20 match for Nepal against the Marylebone Cricket Club in the MCC Tri-Nation Series of 2018. On August 3, 2018, he debuted in One Day Internationals against the Netherlands. He became the fourth-youngest player to make his ODI debut at the age of 15 years and 335 days.
He was a part of Nepa’s cricket team for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier competition in August of that year. With 161 runs in three games, he led Nepal in run scoring during the 2018 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup in October of that year.
Kumar made history on January 26, 2019, when he scored an international half-century as a male cricketer at the age of 16 years and 146 days. In the second One-Day International against the United Arab Emirates at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai, he scored 55 runs off of 58 balls. He was included in the Nepal Twenty20 International (T20I) team in January 2019 for their series against the United Arab Emirates. On January 31, 2019, he made his Nepal T20I debut against the United Arab Emirates. He was chosen to lead Nepal’s team in the Asia Under-19 Cricket World Cup qualification event in April 2019. Paudel hit 95 runs from 105 balls in Nepal’s opening match of the tournament against Singapore.
In June 2019, he was included in Nepal’s national cricket team for the regional finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier competition. He was a part of the Nepal’s cricket team for the 2019 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Bangladesh in November. He was also included in Nepal’s squad later that month for the 2019 South Asian Games men’s cricket competition. After defeating the Maldives by a margin of five wickets in the third-place playoff game, the Nepali team took home the bronze medal. He was one of those 18 cricketers who got central contracts from the Nepal Cricket Association in September 2020. Paudel scored 126 runs in the first of a two-match series against Papua New Guinea on March 25, 2022, marking his first century in an ODI. Under his leadership, Nepal won the ACC Men’s Premier Cup in May 2023 and earned a spot in the Pakistan-hosted 2023 Asia Cup.
Date of Birth: 2 September 2002
Birth Place Nawalparasi District, Nepal
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Hometown: Nawalparasi, Nepal
Coach: Binod Das
Hobbies: Travelling, Playing Cricket