Dipendra Singh Airee is a Nepali cricketer who has made many records for Nepal in national and international tournaments. He hit headlines in September 2023 after scoring the fastest T20I fifty. He is regarded as one of the best Nepali middle-order players.
Dipendra Singh Airee was born in Gajjar, Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur, Nepal. As per one source, he was born on Thursday, 12 August 1999 (age 24 years; as of 2023), and as per another source, he was born on Monday, 24 January 2000 (age 23 years; as of 2023). He did his schooling at Cosmopolitan English Medium School, Bhimdatta Nagar. He later studied at Far-Western University, Mahendranagar.
He was interested in cricket since his childhood and played his first school-level competition organised by the Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal (PABSON) while studying in 7th standard. He wanted to become a soldier while growing up, and his parents also did not want him to play cricket; however, when he was studying in 11th standard, he got an invitation to play in the Nepal Premier League, which he accepted and did not appear for the final exams. He later pursued a career in cricket.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
He belongs to a middle-class Nepali family.
Parents & Siblings
He has a brother named Himal Airee and three sisters named Asha Airee, Ashmita Airee, and Lata Airee.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried and does not have any children.
He is single.
He follows Hinduism.
Dipendra debuted in List A (one-day) cricket on 11 March 2018 against Kenya. He made his first-class debut on 6 November 2019 against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He played for the Nepal Police Club (NPC) in the Prime Minister Cup and the Kathmandu Mayor’s Cup in 2022.
He played for the Nepal Under-19 team in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup. He captained the team in the 2017 Under-19 Asia Cup where Nepal defeated India in a group-stage match.
He made his ODI debut on 1 August 2018 against the Netherlands, Nepal’s first ODI match, and scored 33 runs. He made his first ODI century on 26 March 2022 by scoring 105 runs against Papua New Guinea. He made his first ODI fifty on 14 November 2022 by scoring 54 runs against the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He showed his talent as an allrounder by taking 3 wickets for 18 runs against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 6 March 2023.
He debuted in the T20I on 29 July 2018 against the Netherlands; however, the match was interrupted due to rain, and he did not get a chance to bat. He made his maiden T20I half-century on 20 April 2021 by scoring 60 runs against the Netherlands.
He scored his first T20I hundred on 2 April 2022 with 110 runs not out against Malaysia. He took 4 wickets for 18 runs against Papua New Guinea on 4 April 2022. During his record-breaking innings of the fastest T20I fifty on 27 September 2023 against Mongolia at the 19th Asian Games, he scored 52 runs not out off 10 balls, completing his fifty in 9 balls with 8 sixes; he broke Yuvraj Singh’s record of scoring a T20I fifty in 12 balls.
Everest Premier League
He played for Chitwan Tigers in the 2018 season of the Everest Premier League.
Pokhara Premier League
He played for Expert Dhangadi Blues in the 2018 season of the Pokhara Premier League.
Tilottama Premier League
He played for Rupandehi Paltans in the 2019 season of the Tilottama Premier League.
Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL)
Dipendra played for CYC Attariya in the 2019 DPL season.
Nepal T20 League
Dipendra played for the Lumbini All-Stars in the inaugural season of the Nepal T20 League in 2022.
Global T20 Canada League
He played for the Montreal Tigers in the first season of Global T20 Canada in 2023.
His jersey number in the Nepal cricket team is 45.
- Most T20I runs by a Nepali player in a calendar year (626 runs in 2022)
- Second Nepali player to score a century in T20I and ODI formats of cricket (after Paras Khadka)
- Highest T20I partnership for 5th wicket for Nepal (69 runs not out with Mohammad Aadil Alam on 2 April 2022)
- Highest T20I partnership for 7th wicket for Nepal (54 runs not out with Karan KC on 4 April 2022)
- First Nepali player to score 1000 T20I runs (On 4 April 2022)
- First Nepali player to feature on any T20I ranking (April 2023)
- Fastest T20I half-century (in 9 balls) on 27 September 2023
- Highest strike rate in a T20I innings (520) on 27 September 2023
Violating the Code of Conduct
In November 2019, Dipendra Singh Airee was appointed as vice-captain of the Nepal cricket team. In 2021, he, along with three other players named Gyanendra Malla, Kamal Singh Airee, and Sompal Kami expressed their dissatisfaction with their central contract and grading. The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) asked them to provide clarification, which they did; however, CAN was not satisfied with the clarification and removed Dipendra from vice-captaincy on 15 December 2021 and also said that these players would not be offered a central contract for the first six months of 2022.
CAN said that the players have violated the code of conduct by bringing the board into disrepute and said,
The players have signed the code of conduct with CAN but they did not follow it. As per article 3.3.1 of the code, the players should not make any statement to the media in ways to bring the game, ACC, ICC, board or office bearers into disrepute.”
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Bronze medal in the 13th South Asian Games in March 2019
- Nominated for ICC Player of the Month in March 2022
- Cricketer of the Year Award at NCCS CPAN in 2022
- NPR 151,000 cash prize by Bhimduttanagar Municipality of Kanchanpur district in March 2023
- NPR 200,000 cash prize by Sudurpaschim Province Government in March 2023
- Ranked 10th in ICC T20I all-rounder ranking in April 2023
- Ranked 9th in ICC T20I all-rounder ranking in June 2023
- Ranked 8th in ICC T20I all-rounder ranking in August 2023
Dipendra Singh Airee owns a Royal Enfield Thunderbird X 350.
In February 2023, he was put in grade A player by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) for the central contract from January to June 2023. As per his grading, he earned a monthly salary of NRS 60,000.
Dipendra has got many tattoos inked on his body including a wheel and ‘Believe in Yourself Stay Strong And Never Give Up’ on his left elbow, ‘If Not Now, When’ and dates of his cricketing achievements on his right arm, and ‘Stay Strong’ on his right inner arm.
He has got a piercing on both ears.
- Nepali Tourist Destination: Dhulikhel
- Song: Sathi by Sushant KC
- Holiday Destination: Maldives
- His batting style is right-handed, and his bowling style is right-arm off-break. Interestingly, he started his career as a fast bowler; however, frequent injuries forced him to transform into a spinner.
- He has many nicknames including Dipen, Dipu, Dipi, and Tiger.
- Dipendra was sponsored by Global IME Bank Ltd for one year, starting from February 2018. He was given a cricket kit and NPR Four Hundred Thousand(NPR 20,000 per month). In September 2021, Adidas became his sponsor for two years.
- In September 2021, he suffered a ‘high-grade ATFL tear’ in his right ankle following which he had to undergo two weeks of bed rest.
Dipendra Singh Airee has been ruled out of the CWC League 2 series in Oman because of “high grade ATFL tear” in his right ankle.
Dipendra is advised for two weeks of complete rest. He will go through a rehab program after further reassessment in two weeks time.
— CAN (@CricketNep) September 12, 2021
- He is also employed by the Nepal Police.
- He is an adventure lover and often goes hiking in the snow-clad mountains of Nepal.
- He likes listening to songs in his leisure time.