-  Sunday 08 December 2019

Kaniska wins expertsí heart

KATHMANDU, March 10 - The young cricketers have undoubtedly brought the greatest glory to the nation in any form of sports winning the Plate Championship of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in Colombo, Sri Lanka recently.
This is the biggest award the country has its name engraved on in a team game. In a team game like cricket, glory rarely comes with an individual effort and entire team, from skipper Kanishka Chaugai to assistant coach Sankar Rana, contributed equally to make the nation proud. But amidst the team effort, there were some who outstood with their individual brilliance and Kanishka is definitely one of them.

The right-handed opening batsman with his blazing stroke-play not only ensured Nepal a dominating start but also won the heart of the Sri Lankan cricket experts. He was one of the most experienced players in the tournament as it was his third participation in the World Cup. When he scored the first run in the Plate Championship semifinal against South Africa he completed 1000 runs for Nepal U-19 team.

For Y Priyantha, scorer at the P Sara Stadium when Nepal won the plate final, the Nepali skipper's game resembled a mixture of Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardena. “He cuts like Jayawardena and drives like Atapattu,” he commented.

Kanishka never let the opponent pacers to settle. He was more severe to short-pitched stuff that either went over the point to the boundary or was dismissed past short midwicket fielder on an excellent pull stroke.

Manoj, a cricinfo.com staff, who updated three of Nepal's games live on the world's biggest sports site, believed with Kanishka batting, Nepal always had a chance of defeating any country. Despite carrying a shoulder injury throughout the event, he ended as the sixth highest scorer in the tournament with 234 runs in six matches with an average of 39.00 and at an excellent strike rate of 78.26.                             

Test playing nations like England had hoped to scare Kanishka out with some hostile short-pitch but skipper Moeen Ali soon discovered that the tactics would backfire. He was forced to resort to slow bowlers as Kaniskha before pulling a hamstring literally hit the likes of Mark Nelson out of the attack with a flurry of boundaries. Even Moeen was appreciative to Kanishka's batting.

Priyantha believed he had better technique than the some of the batsmen from Test playing nations. “He can easily play for any top club even in this country,” he added.

“He is a brilliant stroke player,” said Andrew McGlashan of Cricinfo. McGlashan, when picking up stars to watch picked up Kanishka and sadly noted that he wouldn't be in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

Being the skipper of the side, he had other responsibilities as well which he carried on quite brilliantly. The final against New Zealand was definitely his last appearance in U-19, but it would not have ended up in a better note. He did the best so far lifting the plate title.

Kanishka is looking to pursue his higher studies abroad and might have finished national duties in the age group level but his duty for the national side is not over. He is already one of the established members of the senior side where the Nepali fans hope him to excel much more.

Kanishka's Stats
U-19 World Cup 2006

Inns  NOs Runs  HS Avg 50s 100s  SR
6        -    234  78  39   2     -     78.26

U-19 Career
Inns NOs Runs  HS   Avg    50s  100s  SR

37      6  1081 125  34.87   5      1     64.5

Source
Kantipur




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