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Binod Bhandari (Nepali: विनोद भण्डारी) (born 25 January 1990) is a Nepalese cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional wicket-keeper.[1] He made his debut for Nepal against Kuwait in November 2009.[2]

Binod Bhandari
Personal information
Born (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 29)
Kanchanpur, Nepal
BattingRight-handed
RoleBatsman and Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 16)25 January 2019 v UAE
Last ODI28 January 2019 v UAE
T20I debut (cap 1)16 March 2014 v Hong Kong
Last T20I10 October 2019 v Oman
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2013–2015Nepal Army (National League)
2014–2014Sagarmatha Legends (NPL)
2015–2015Pentagon (SPA Cup)
2015–2015Kalutura Physical Culture Club
Career statistics
Competition T20I LA T20 ODI
Matches 10 12 23 3
Runs scored 261 12 190 35
Batting average 3.87 24.27 10.55 11.66
100s/50s 02 0/1 0/1 0/0
Top score 58* 73 51* 21
Catches/stumpings 5/2 7/1 7/2 6/0
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 10 October 2019

He is also the captain of Nepal Army Club in the National League and Sagarmatha Legends in the Nepal Premier League. He also represents the Pentagon International College, which plays in the SPA Cup.

Playing careerEdit

Binod Bhandari had a very special start to his international career. Binod scored a last ball six to bring victory from jaws of defeat for Nepal in his debut match against Kuwait in 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup. Nepal needed 7 runs to win and Binod playing his first match was in strike, he heaved the ball for a six and the match was tied, eventually Nepal won the match then in bowl-out[2] and Binod became crowd favorite. He showed glimpses of his attacking batting in his very first match for Nepal.

After the blitz against Kuwait, Binod's adventure in the national fold remained a silent one before he confirmed his permanent arrival with his two sixes against the UAE in the 2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup semi-final handed Nepal a maiden final spot.[3] His power-packed performance in the final of the National Twenty20 saw Nepal Army Club end APF Club hegemony in the domestic cricket.[4]

If there is a better shot played anywhere than the “Dilscoop” the Nepal batsman hit for six in the final stage of the run-chase against Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, it deserves to get at least a million hits on YouTube. He set aside personal safety to ramp a delivery by Willie Gavera, the PNG quick bowler, just over his own forehead, on its way for a six 30 yards over the boundary behind the wicket-keeper. A large swathe of those lucky few who were there at Sharjah Cricket Stadium to see it were happy to confess it was probably the best shot they had ever seen." described Paul Radley in TheNational.ae after Nepal's win over PNG in Nepal's successful 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.[5] "[Bhandari’s six] was one of the best shots I’ve seen," said Tim Anderson, the ICC's global development manager. "It was a brave shot and there was terrific cricket played here today." Binod Bhandari played once-in-a-lifetime innings with his brutal hitting and clever stroke-making. He scored 51* off 23 deliveries with 1 four and 6 massive sixes.[6]

He scored 53 runs in two innings he batted during the 2014 Asian Games at an average of 53.[7] He scored an unbeaten 43 off just 31 balls and won the man of the match award in the match against Bermuda during the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three held in Malaysia.[8]

In the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two, he scored 144 runs in 6 innings at an average of 28.80,[9] including a half-century against Kenya.[10] In February 2015, he went Sri Lanka after being recruited by Kalutura Physical Culture Club to play in the Emerging Trophy Tournament, three-day cricket tournament.[11]

In August 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament.[12] In October 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad in the Eastern sub-region group for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier tournament.[13]

He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Nepal against the United Arab Emirates on 25 January 2019.[14]

In June 2019, he was named in Nepal's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier tournament.[15][16]

In September 2019, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2019-20 Singapore Tri-Nation Series and 2019-20 Oman Pentangular Series.[17] In the match against Hong Kong in the Pentangular Series, he scored a brisk 58* to lead his team to victory. This innings included 4 fours and 3 sixes.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Binod Bhandari". Cricinfo.
  2. ^ a b "Group B: Kuwait v Nepal at Abu Dhabi, Nov 23, 2009 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  3. ^ "2nd Semi-Final: Nepal v United Arab Emirates at Kirtipur, Apr 2, 2013 - Cricket Commentary - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  4. ^ "Tribhuvan Army Crowned National T20 Champion". Nepal Cricket.
  5. ^ Paul Radley. "Binod Bhandari's Nepal up there with the best in World Twenty20 Qualifier". thenational.ae.
  6. ^ "30th Match, Group B: Nepal v Papua New Guinea at Sharjah, Nov 19, 2013 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  7. ^ "Cricket Records - Records - Asian Games Men's Cricket Competition, 2014/15 - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  8. ^ "Bermuda v Nepal at Kuala Lumpur, Oct 24, 2014 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  9. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Two, 2014/15 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 2015-01-29.
  10. ^ "3rd Place Playoff: Kenya v Nepal at Windhoek, Jan 24, 2015 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  11. ^ "Four cricketers to play in Sri Lanka". ekantipur.com.
  12. ^ "Nepal announce squad for Asia Cup Qualifier, fixtures decided". The Himalayan. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Exciting battle on the cards in the ICC World T20 Asia Qualifier B in Malaysia". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  14. ^ "1st ODI, Nepal tour of United Arab Emirates at Dubai, Jan 25 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Nepal's 14-member squad announced for ICC World T20 Asia Finals". Khabarhub. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Sharad back in the team, Jora, Bhim left out". Cricketing Nepal. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Malla, Pandey join senior team as T20 series squad announced". OnlineKhabar. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Full Scorecard of Hong Kong vs Nepal, Oman Pentangular T20I Series, 4th Match - Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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