By a Staff Reporter
Madhab Bhandari, who resides in America has backed wicketkeeper-batsman Arjun Saud with a bat. Arjun, who was called up for the first time in the Cricket National team was facing a problem due to the unavailability of his own bat. While writing about Arjun’s journey to the senior team, HamroKhelkud.com published the news titled ‘Arjun awaits for the bat to make his debut in the national team’ on Thursday.
After publishing the news, Bhandari came into contact with HamroKhelkud and expressed that he is willing to help Arjun with the bat. On Friday, HamroKhelkud’s editor Prakash Timalsina handed over two Spartan Cricket bats and two pairs of gloves to Arjun on behalf of Bhandari.
Earlier, Arjun did not have a bat to play at the international level. Therefore, to compete in the Kenya tour, Arjun asked for a bat from Parag Mohan Madkaikar, who had featured the Indian U-19 cricket team.
“I want to thank Madhav dai (Madhav Bhandari) for his support. I was not financially able to buy the bat myself,” said Arjun, “A good bat increases self-confidence. When you have your own bat, you feel more confident. Now, this is my bat. I have chosen my favorite bat,” Arjun added.
“After perusing the story about Arjun on HamroKhelkud, I thought I should support Arjun. It is a pity that the National player did not have a quality bat to play. My small support can be an inspiration for other players in the coming days as well”, Bhandari said to HamroKhelkud.
Bhandari was born in Dharmadevi Municipality of Shankhuwasabha. He later migrated to Itahari. He has been living in Texas since 2008 and owns Everest Liquor over there.
Arjun has played for Nepal’s U-19 National team and plays Domestic cricket from the Far West team. He played an innings of 64 runs off 80 balls hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes against Sri Lanka in the U-19 Asia Cup last December.
In the U-19 national cricket tournament held in Kathmandu, Arjun was ranked second with 241 runs in 5 innings among the batsmen who scored the most runs. Arjun, who batted at number five against Madhesh Pradesh played a memorable century inning of 116 runs facing 85 balls including 14 fours and 5 sixes.
Arjun Saud made his debut from the Far West against Bagmati a couple of years ago in the PM Cup. Former successful captains Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla were featured in the Bagmati team. He caught the attention of many hitting 1 four and 3 sixes in 28 balls.