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“Nepal, USA, and Uganda: Rising Stars of the World Cup”

Nepal, USA, and Uganda: Rising Stars of the World Cup

Nepal's World Cup Revival
Nepal’s World Cup Revival

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For many candidate teams, the World Cup is a dream come true—a worldwide event that brings nations together via a shared love of football. Nepal, the United States of America, and Africa have garnered global attention and affection among football fans due to their outstanding achievements in recent times. Let’s explore their incredible travels and the ways in which they have announced their entrance on the World Cup stage.

Nepal’s Exciting Comeback: With its rich cricket heritage, Nepal is a country locked away in the Himalayas. They have made a fantastic comeback to the World Cup, inspiring the goals and desires of their avid fans after a protracted absence. The national squad of Nepal has made significant progress in both tactics and abilities over the course of many years of labor and commitment. Their ability to compete at the highest level has been demonstrated by their recent victories over strong opponents.

The players, coaching staff, and cricket authorities who have made investments in player development programs and infrastructure are all responsible for the team’s success. Nepal has returned to the front lines of the World Cup because to the successful combination of young, bright players and veteran players.

USA: A Nation on the Rise in Cricket:

cricket has frequently suffered while other sports have flourished in the US. But the country’s interest in and spending on the sport has increased significantly in recent years. The USA has declared its entry on the World Cup stage with a renewed feeling of resolve, having access to a wide skill pool.

Promising new talents have emerged thanks to the nation’s youth development programs and emphasis on grassroots cricket. The national squad has drawn interest from cricket fans all around the world with its outstanding performances in friendly matches and regional championships. The USA has established itself as a potent competitor in international cricket thanks to a combination of speed, skill, and technical knowledge.

Uganda:

The African Superpower: Known for its love of sports, Uganda has long dreamed of playing in the World Cup. With an active local league and an active cricket culture, the nation has at last established itself internationally. Uganda’s national team has demonstrated its strength and persistence with the help of passionate fans and inspirational coaches.

The team has had a fantastic World Cup run, overcoming obstacles and beyond predictions. Uganda’s status as an emerging sports nation in Africa has been cemented by its passionate displays and tactical acumen. Both fans and critics have expressed admiration for the players’ constant commitment to the game and their enjoyment of it.

Nepal

2023 nepal performing
2023 nepal performing

By Ashish PantThe annum of 2023 unfurled with Nepal performing a dozen wonders to secure their berth in the ODI World Cup qualifiers and culminated with their historic qualification for the T20 World Cup, marking their first such feat in a decade. Amidst the group stages of the World Cup Asia Qualifier, they triumphed over Singapore and Malaysia, notwithstanding a setback against Oman, to advance to the knockouts. In a pulsating semi-final clash against perennial adversaries UAE, who entered the knockouts unbeaten, Nepal constrained UAE to 134 for 9. Surpassing this target with eight wickets and 17 deliveries remaining, Nepal not only clinched a spot in the final but also assured their qualification for the T20 World Cup. Despite a nail-biting Super Over defeat to Oman in the final, their World Cup passage was unequivocally secured.

Key PlayersRohit Paudel, the talismanic captain of Nepal, stood as the preeminent run accumulator in T20Is last year, amassing 403 runs across 13 innings at an imposing average of 50.37. Heading into the T20 World Cup, Paudel remains in scintillating form, having notched up 265 runs in four innings, featuring a century and two fifties against a formidable West Indies A squad.

Dipendra Singh Airee, Nepal’s paramount run-getter in T20Is with 1626 runs from 56 innings, has had a stellar 12 months. Last year, he set a new benchmark by smashing the fastest fifty in T20 history, achieving it in a mere nine balls against Mongolia. More recently, he hammered six sixes in a single over in a T20I against Qatar. Airee is also an adept offspinner, boasting 37 T20I wickets, and his electrifying fielding is an added asset.

Kushal Malla, a prodigious 20-year-old, holds the record for the second-fastest century in T20Is, reaching the milestone in 34 balls against Mongolia last year. His 2023 campaign was exemplary, scoring 402 runs in 12 innings at an astonishing strike rate of 193.26. Additionally, Malla’s left-arm spin has yielded 19 wickets at an economical rate of 6.18 in T20Is.

Nepal in Major TournamentsThis marks Nepal’s inaugural T20 World Cup appearance since 2014. They reached the 2023 ODI World Cup qualifiers last year but fell short of advancing to the main event. Additionally, Nepal qualified for the Asia Cup for the first time in history in 2023 but did not secure a victory in their two matches.

Form Guide

Squad

Rohit Paudel (capt), Aasif Sheikh, Anil Sah, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Lalit Rajbanshi, Karan KC, Gulsan Jha, Sompal Kami, Pratis GC, Sundeep Jora, Abinash Bohara, Sagar Dhakal, Kamal Airee


Uganda

uganda playing and performance.
uganda playing and performance.

By Firdose Moonda
Once a British colony with a significant South Asian diaspora, Uganda’s cricket history is deeply influenced by external factors, though its contemporary cricketing identity is distinctly home-grown. Most of the current squad members are Ugandan-born, nurtured in the sport through local educational systems, and represent a pioneering generation for Ugandan cricket. This marks the first time a senior Uganda side has qualified for a World Cup, an achievement not yet attained by the national football team.Uganda secured their qualification ahead of Zimbabwe via the Africa Qualifier tournament last year, where they triumphed over Zimbabwe by five wickets and finished second on the seven-team points table. Their sole defeat came against fellow qualifiers Namibia, while they dominated other opponents, including their erstwhile ascendant neighbors, Kenya.

Key PlayersFrank Nsubuga commenced his cricket journey 27 years ago (despite official records listing his first cap in 2004), and at 43, he will be the most senior player at this T20 World Cup. Celebrated as one of the fittest squad members, Nsubuga runs 10km before training and aims to retire from international cricket after this tournament.Riazat Ali Shah, born in Gilgit, Pakistan, serves as Uganda’s vice-captain and is among the trio of batters with over 1000 T20I runs for Uganda. One of their most dependable run-scorers, Riazat relocated to Uganda at age 16 but missed the subsequent Under-19 World Cup due to unresolved eligibility logistics. He debuted for Uganda in 2018 at age 20 and has since emerged as one of their key performers.Roger Mukasa and Simon Ssesazi are the other two Ugandan batsmen with more than 1000 T20I runs, while Ssesazi’s brother, Henry Ssenyondo, leads the nation’s T20I wicket tally and is on the cusp of reaching 100 T20I wickets.

Uganda in Major TournamentsUganda has never participated in a cricket World Cup but has seen success in several multi-team tournaments across Africa. They clinched the East Africa Cup last year in Rwanda with victories in 11 of their 12 games and reached the semi-finals of this year’s African Games in Accra, where they were defeated by Namibia.

Form Guide

Squad

Brian Masaba (capt), Riazat Ali Shah, Kenneth Waiswa, Dinesh Nakrani, Frank Nsubuga, Ronak Patel, Roger Mukasa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Bilal Hassan, Fred Achelam, Robinson Obuya, Simon Ssesazi, Henry Ssenyondo, Alpesh Ramjani, Juma Miyagi


USA

By Hemant Brar

Having qualified as co-hosts, this will be the USA’s debut in any World Cup format. Wicketkeeper-opener Monank Patel will helm the side, with Aaron Jones serving as his deputy.USA approaches this World Cup with a series victory over Bangladesh (2-1) in a three-match T20I series at home. Preceding this, they dominated Canada 4-0 in a five-match T20I series, also on home turf.The USA will face Canada again in the World Cup opener in Dallas on June 1. Their group also includes India, Pakistan, and Ireland.
Key Players

Corey Anderson, who previously represented New Zealand in one ODI World Cup and two T20 World Cups, will don the USA colors this time. Anderson debuted for the USA against Canada last month, scoring 28 and 55 in two innings. Known for holding the record for the fastest ODI hundred, Anderson’s experience and prowess will be invaluable for the USA.

Ali Khan, a prominent name in USA cricket, aspired to bowl as fast as Shoaib Akhtar during his upbringing in Pakistan. While not reaching those speeds, he excels at delivering precise yorkers and has been a staple in the CPL.

Harmeet Singh, likened to Bishan Bedi by Ian Chappell after the 2012 Under-19 World Cup, made his T20I debut for the USA last month. He scored 34 not out off 17 balls and took 4 for 18 against Canada, showcasing his dual talents.

USA in Major Tournaments

This is their first World Cup appearance, although they participated in the 2004 Champions Trophy. They nearly qualified for the 2022 T20 World Cup, remaining undefeated in the Americas regional Qualifier but falling short in the global Qualifier semi-final against the Netherlands.

Form Guide

Squad

Monank Patel (capt), Aaron Jones (vice-capt), Corey Anderson, Ali Khan, Steven Taylor, Sushant Modani, Gajanand Singh, Rusty Theron, Karima Gore, Jessy Singh, Saiteja Mukkamalla, Nosthush Kenjige, Harmeet Singh, Marty Kain, Nisarg Patel

 

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