Rohit Paudel is a Nepali cricketer who has captained the national cricket team of Nepal in various tournaments and helped Nepal to qualify for the Asia Cup for the first time in 2023.
Rohit Kumar Paudel was born on Monday, 2 September 2002 (age 20 years; as of 2022) in Buddha Basti village of the 14th ward of Bardaghat municipality in Nawalparasi district of Nepal. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He was interested in cricket since childhood and used to play tennis ball cricket with his brothers and friends since the age of five.
In 2014, after watching Nepal play in the T20 World Cup, he made up his mind to become a professional cricketer. He later moved to Kathmandu and trained at Baluwatar Cricket Academy where he learnt the basics of cricket under the coach Sunil Lama. He later trained under the batting consultant Monty Desai. He played in local and club tournaments before his selection to the Nepal Under-19 cricket team.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
He belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Kumar Paudel, and his mother’s name is Paljesh Paudel. He has a sister named Ranu Chhetri and a brother named Raju Paudel.
He is unmarried.
His brother-in-law’s (Ranu’s husband) name is Liams Chhetri. His sister-in-law’s (Raju’s wife) name is Parul Dhakal. He has a nephew named Rivaan Paudel and a niece as well.
He is single.
He follows Hinduism.
He played his debut List-A (one-day) match on 8 February 2018 against Namibia at Windhoek, Namibia. He played his debut T20 match on 29 July 2018 against Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s, London. In June 2018, he played for the team APF and won the Prime Minister 2075 (PM2075) tournament.
In 2016, he made a name for himself when he smashed 24 runs in 5 balls bowled by the Indian pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti in an Under-19 ODI match. He played for the Nepal Under-19 team in the 2018 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup and the 2020 Asian Qualification Tournament for the Under-19 World Cup.
He made his ODI debut on 3 August 2018 against the Netherlands in Amstelveen, Netherlands. He later played in the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament. On 26 January 2019, during a match against the United Arab Emirates, he scored his first half-century with 55 runs off 58 deliveries. On 25 March 2023, during the match against Papua New Guinea, he scored his first century with 126 runs off 107 balls.
In November 2019, he played in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup and later in the South Asian Games, helping Nepal to win the Bronze medal. He was given the central contract by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in September 2020.
He made his T20I debut on 31 January 2019 against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On 2 April 2022, he scored his first T20I half-century by scoring 51 runs off 34 balls against Malaysia. In June 2019, he was selected for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier tournament.
On 11 November 2022, he was named the captain of the Nepal cricket team by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in all formats. He led his team to win the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup in May 2023 following which Nepal qualified to play in the 2023 Asia Cup. He earlier captained the Nepal Under-19 team as well.
He represented the Kathmandu franchise in the inaugural season of the Dhangadhi Premier League. He played for Biratnagar Super Kings (BSK) in the Nepal T20 League. He played for Bhairahawa Gladiators in the Everest Premier League. In November 2018, he played for Pokhra Paltan in the Pokhra Paltan League (PPL) and won the tournament.
His jersey number is 17.
- Fourth-youngest player to debut in ODI (at the age of 15 years and 335 days)
- Youngest male cricketer to score an international half-century (at the age of 16 years and 146 days) (later broken by his teammate Kushal Malla)
- First Nepali player to score 1000 ODI runs
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Emerging Cricketer of the Year at the NCCS-CPAN Cricket Awards in 2019
- Chosen as Marquee player of Biratnagar Super Kings in 2022
- Honoured by dozen organizations including the Bardghat municipality, District Sports Development Committee, and Ramgram Jaycees in 2023
As per his contract with the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), he earns Rs 60000 Nepalese Rupees (NPR) per month.
- His batting style is right-handed, and his bowling style is right-arm off-break medium.
- As of June 2023, he was the highest ODI runscorer of Nepal.
- In an interview, he said that the Nepal team needed to play four-day matches to improve their skill sets and temperament.
- On 29 May 2023, he signed a one-year endorsement deal, effective for one year from 1 June 2023, with Gen Next Consulting Group as a brand ambassador.