Kushal Malla is a Nepalese cricketer, who plays as a Batting all-rounder for the Nepal National Cricket Team. He came into the limelight after he scored a fifty in his debut one-day international against the USA, becoming the youngest cricketer in the world to do so. He is often regarded as the Shahid Afridi of Nepal.
Kushal Malla was born on Friday, 5 March 2004 (age 19 years; as of 2023) in Butwal, Rupandehi, Nepal. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He attended the New Horizon School in Butwal, Rupandehi, since class 3. After completing his schooling, Kushal enrolled himself at Kshitij International College on a full scholarship to pursue a BBS. Kushal was inclined towards cricket from a young age and was a part of his school’s cricket team. Once, while playing an inter-school cricket match, Malla smashed 15 sixes in an inning, drawing the attention of his cricket coach Shakti Gaucham. Kushal was just 12 years old at that time. After identifying his talent, Gaucham focused on nourishing his talent.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Kushal Malla’s father, Romanta Malla, earlier worked as a security officer for Qatar’s underground railway project. His mother’s name is Sarmila Malla.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried.
Kushal Malla has played for the Tribhuwan Army Club, a departmental army sporting club in Nepal, at the domestic level. In 2018, during Nepal’s premier 50-over domestic competition, Kushal Malla scored 111 runs from 63 balls, hitting 13 sixes. His performance in the match caught the attention of the national selectors, who introduced him to Nepal’s national cricket team.
Nepal Under 19
Kushal Malla has played a few Under-19 cricket tournaments for Nepal.
Kushal was named in the Nepal national squad for the 2019–20 Singapore Tri-Nation Series and the 2019–20 Oman Pentangular Series in September 2019. On 27 September 2019, he played his debut T20 International match for Nepal against Zimbabwe in Singapore during the Singapore Tri-Nation Series. In September 2020, Kushal, along with seventeen other cricketers, was awarded a central contract by the Cricket Association of Nepal.
One Day International (ODI)
Kushal Malla was named in Nepal’s One Day International (ODI) squad for Nepal’s Tri-Nation Series in January 2020. He made his one-day international debut on 8 February 2020, representing Nepal against the U.S.A. at Kirtipur, Nepal. In the match, he scored 50 runs from 51 balls, hitting three sixes and four fours. In April 2023, Kushal made his first century in one day international during a match against Oman.
He has also played for various franchise cricket teams including Rupandehi Challengers, Bhairahawa Gladiators, Mahendranagar United, Team Abu Dhabi, Gwadar Sharks, Biratnagar Super Kings, and Pokhara Avengers.
- In January 2020, Kushal became the youngest player in the history of ODIs to score a half-century, surpassing the record previously held by Shahid Afridi. He was 15 years and 340 days old at that time.
- In April 2021, Kushal Malla became the youngest player in the world to score a half-century (50* off 24 balls) in T20 International during a match against the Netherlands in the final of the Tri-Nations T20I series.
- In September 2023, Kushal Malla scored the fastest 100 (off 34 balls) in T20 International during a match against Mongolia in the 2023 Asian Games. The record was previously held jointly by South Africa’s David Miller, India’s Rohit Sharma, and Czech Republic’s Sudesh Wickramasekara.
Kushal has got both his ears pierced.
- In March 2023, after Nepal qualified for the one-day World Cup by defeating UAE in the final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two, the New Horizon School held a program to honour Kushal for his contribution in Nepal’s win. At the event, he was also rewarded with a cash prize of 21,500 Naplese rupees.
- His coach’s name is Shakti Gaucham.
- He has been spotted wearing jersey number 2, 5, and 55 while playing cricket matches for Nepal.
- Kushal’s batting style is Left-hand Bat, and his bowling style is Slow left-arm orthodox.