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Gyanendra Malla (Nepali: ज्ञानेन्द्र मल्‍ल) (born 16 September 1990) is a Nepalese cricketer and the current vice-captain of the Nepal national Team. He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional wicket-keeper.[1] He made his debut for Nepal against Namibia in March 2006.[2] He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Nepal's first ever One Day International (ODI) match, against the Netherlands, in August 2018.

Gyanendra Malla
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Personal information
Born (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 28)
Nepal
NicknameGyanu
BattingRight-handed
RoleBatsman and occasional Wicket-keeper
WebsiteGyanendra Malla on Facebook
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 7)1 August 2018 v Netherlands
Last ODI28 January 2019 v UAE
T20I debut (cap 6)16 March 2009 v Hong Kong
Last T20I28 July 2019 v Singapore
T20I shirt no.11
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2011–2015APF (National League) (squad no. 11)
2014–2014Colors X-Factors (NPL)
2013–2013Ontario Cricket Academy & Club
Career statistics
Competition T20I LA T20 Y ODI
Matches 15 43 33 12
Runs scored 188 1047 535 176
Batting average 13.42 26.17 18.44 16.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/5 0/1 0/1
Top score 48 91* 52 64
Balls bowled 1 12
Wickets 0 2
Bowling average 1.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/3
Catches/stumpings 8/- 17/2 11/5 5/–
Source: Cricinfo, 28 July 2019

Gyanendra Malla became the seventh Nepalese cricketer to score an international century, when he slammed 114 off 125 balls against Singapore during the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in October 2014.[3]

He is the captain of Colors X-Factors of the Nepal Premier League. He also represents the APF Club that plays in the National League. He also plays for the Yangal Club.

Playing careerEdit

Malla made his debut for Nepal as a member of the U-15 cricket team in the year 2005. He then represented Nepal in ACC U-17 and finally ACC U-19, in the same year. He was named to Nepal U-19s' squad for the 2006 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, following some impressive performances playing in the junior age levels. His career took off when he scored 145 runs in six innings,[4] including 46* in the Plate semi-final of the U-19 World cup to beat South Africa U-19s.[5] His reward was a place on the senior squad for the 2006 Intercontinental Cup.

Malla is known as the dependable batsman of Nepal's team who likes to build the innings under pressure. He has been an important member of the national team and has contributed to many of Nepal's historic successes. He holds the record of hammering six '4s' in an over on his way to scoring the fastest half-century for Nepal in One-Day matches off just 17 deliveries against Saudi Arabia[6] in the 2012 ACC Trophy Elite. He then scored 212 runs with the impressive average of 42, including 2 fifties, which helped Nepal to win the title for the first time. His 86 runs against Canada[7] in the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, 66 runs against USA[8] in the final of 2012 Division Four, 76* against Qatar[9] in the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite, 75 important runs against USA[10] in the 2008 Division Five, and 67* off just 21 balls against Karnataka Institute of Cricket (India),[11] (SAARC Under-25 Twenty20 Cup 2011) are some of the more memorable innings of his career.

He also represented Nepal in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh where he scored 83 runs in three innings at an average of 27.66.[12]

He scored his maiden century against Singapore in the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in October 2014.[3] He scored 241 runs in six innings at an average of 48.20 during the tournament.[13] Earlier he scored 167 off 157 balls in a practice match against the Ragama Cricket Club, a first-class cricket team from Sri Lanka, when Nepal toured Sri Lanka in preparation for the tournament.[14]

In the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two, he scored 236 runs in 6 innings at an average of 59.00.[15] Nepal qualified for the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship[16] but failed to secure promotion to Division One and qualification to the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup.[17]

In the World Cricket League, from 2008 Division Five to 2015 Division Two, he has scored 1262 runs in 45 innings at an average of 36.06, with a hundred and seven fifties.[13][15][18][19][20][21][22][23]

In July 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for their One Day International (ODI) series against the Netherlands.[24] These were Nepal's first ODI matches since gaining ODI status during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[25] He made his ODI debut for Nepal against the Netherlands on 1 August 2018.[26]

In August 2018, he was named the vice-captain of Nepal's squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament.[27] 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.[28]

In June 2019, he was named as the vice-captain of Nepal's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier tournament.[29][30] On 24 July 2019, in the match against Malaysia, Malla captained Nepal after regular captain Paras Khadka did not play due to an injury.[31] Nepal went on to win the rain-affected match by 7 wickets with Malla was adjudged man of the match for his half-century and smart captaincy.[32][33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gyanendra Malla". Cricinfo.
  2. ^ "Challenge match: Namibia v Nepal at Windhoek, Mar 23-26, 2006 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  3. ^ a b "Nepal v Singapore at Selangor, Oct 26, 2014 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  4. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC Under-19 World Cup, 2005/06 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  5. ^ "Plate Semi-Final: Nepal Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s at Colombo (NCC), Feb 16, 2006 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  6. ^ "Group B: Nepal v Saudi Arabia at Abu Dhabi, Oct 7, 2012 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  7. ^ "16th Match, Group A: Canada v Nepal at Christchurch, Jan 21, 2014 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  8. ^ "Final: Nepal v United States of America at Kuala Lumpur, Sep 10, 2012 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  9. ^ "Group B: Nepal v Qatar at Kuala Lumpur, Jul 26, 2008 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  10. ^ "Group A: Nepal v United States of America at St Martin, May 29, 2008 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  11. ^ "Group B: Karnataka Institute of Cricket v Nepal Under-25s at Fuvahmulah, Nov 3, 2011 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  12. ^ "Cricket Records - World T20, 2013/14 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  13. ^ a b "Cricket Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Three, 2014/15 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  14. ^ "Scorecard - Cricketlok". Cricketlok.
  15. ^ a b "Cricket Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Two, 2014/15 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  16. ^ "Kenya and Nepal will take their places in the ICC World Cricket League Championship". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Redemption for Netherlands, regret for Nepal". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Cricket Records - Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Five, 2008 - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  19. ^ "Cricket Records - Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Five, 2009/10 - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  20. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Four, 2010 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  21. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Four, 2012 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  22. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Three, 2013 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  23. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, 2013/14 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  24. ^ "Nepal spinner Shakti Gauchan to retire after Netherlands tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  25. ^ "Nepal thrash PNG to secure ODI status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  26. ^ "1st ODI, Nepal tour of England and Netherlands at Amstelveen, Aug 1 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  27. ^ "Nepal announce squad for Asia Cup Qualifier, fixtures decided". The Himalayan. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Exciting battle on the cards in the ICC World T20 Asia Qualifier B in Malaysia". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  29. ^ "Nepal's 14-member squad announced for ICC World T20 Asia Finals". Khabarhub. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  30. ^ "Sharad back in the team, Jora, Bhim left out". Cricketing Nepal. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  31. ^ "ICC Men's T20 WC Asia Finals: Nepal bowling against Malaysia". Khabarhub. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  32. ^ "5th Match, ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Region Final at Singapore". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  33. ^ "Nepal shine with blazing victory over Malaysia". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

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