Now everyone knows Kushal bhurtel after his magnificent performance in the Tri-nation series played in Nepal in April. His record-breaking debut for the national team of Nepal caught every cricket lovers eye and he was in the limelight of the tournament in which he scored 4 half-centuries and made a world record for scoring 3 consecutive fifties in T20I since debut, which the likes of AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and even the god of cricket Sachin Couldn’t make.
I am not here to talk about the Kushal you know, I know him from the ICC U19 WorldCup in 2016 where Nepal’s spinning sensation Sandeep lamichhane was brought to the limelight. He used to play as a lower middle-order batsman and he is a bowler too. I don’t know whether he has given up bowling. But, the way he plays can still be found in the video clips of the U19 World Cup of 2016. Kushal played as an opener in a competitive game for Pokhara Paltan in PPL for the first time and since then he is bossing it. Maybe our new coach Dav Whatmore saw the potential of Kushal to play aggressive cricket top of the order and lead Nepal from the front.
That tournament (U19 Worldcup 2016) where players like Sandeep, Aarif, Raju Rijal, Kushal Malla, Aashif, Kamal Singh Airee, and many more came into the Nepalese cricket sphere. Although Kushal played for Nepal at the international level for age groups in 2016, it took him 5 years to get a chance to play for Nepal’s senior side and play the way he did. Again hard work, patience and determination won.