Nepal played their first-ever ODI match against India on September 4, Monday. In the second group-stage match of Asia Cup 2023, Nepal met the world’s cricketing giant.
Nepal impressed the whole world with a brilliant batting performance in the first inning, where they posted 230 runs. Indian batters were too good for Nepali bowlers as they chased the revised target of 145 runs in 20.1 overs without losing any wickets.
The cricketing world was impressed by Nepal’s performance against India. Here’s how social media reacted to it:
In the world of cricket, heroes rise not only through their batting and bowling, but also through their sportsmanship and character. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the @BCCI @imVkohli @hardikpandya7, and the extraordinary Indian cricket team for the time together. pic.twitter.com/RCaEF0TxwS
— CAN (@CricketNep) September 5, 2023
— ICC (@ICC) September 4, 2023
Ravi Shastri: The Indian crowd has been outnumbered today.
Such a day for Nepal & Nepal cricket fans. Excellent from Nepal's batters, particularly Aasif Sheikh, Bhurtel, Dipendra Airee and Sompal Kami.
— cricnepal.com 🇳🇵 (@cricnepal) September 4, 2023
Positive intent from Nepal Batters. Good to see from a young team.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 4, 2023
India must adopt Nepal cricket and make it their responsibility to bring them up to speed with International Cricket. Send the A team to Nepal. Involve them in India’s domestic structure (I remember India-A playing a full first-class season in Windies). The passion for cricket in…
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 4, 2023
Inspection going on!
Possible start at 6.45 and no overs will be lost.
Nepal have definitely showed why they are one of the best amongst the emerging cricket nations. 👏👏 #IndvsNep
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) September 4, 2023
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 4, 2023
A solid opening partnership and some late striking by Sompal Kami has propelled Nepal to a total of 230!
— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 4, 2023
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 4, 2023
Leading our nation into the Asia Cup is always an honour, pleasure and a great feeling. We've given it our all, and the journey continues. We'll keep giving everything in the upcoming tournament. Thank you all for your support throughout this incredible journey. #AsiaCup2023 pic.twitter.com/j2o0HhgYpW
— Rohitpaudel17 (@rohitpaudel17) September 5, 2023
This is the score where Nepal should be proud of. From playing fast bowling to good running between the wicket was top notch. India’s fielding was pretty lethargic to say the least. #IndvsNep
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 4, 2023
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) September 4, 2023
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 5, 2023
Nepal’s Post-match rituals with 👑 Kohli 🖊️📸
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 5, 2023
हामी अघि बढ्ने प्रयासमा छौं।
सम्पूर्णमा सहयोगको भावना ,सहनशीलता र धैरियता रहोस भन्ने अपेक्षा छ।
यो खेलमा आर्थिक लगानी संगसंगै क्रिकेट खेलको संस्कार पनि स्थापना गर्न तिर हामी अग्रसर हुन पर्छ ।
We are proud of our National Cricket Team.
— Paras Khadka (@paras77) September 5, 2023
Representing our nation in the Asia Cup was an incredible honour and privilege. Playing against top nations is both a blessing and a challenge, and we believe we could have done even better. Your support throughout this journey has meant the world to us. Thank you all. #AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/VbPVgWzqEV
— Kushal Bhurtel (@kushalbhurtel14) September 5, 2023
— ICC Asia Cricket (@ICCAsiaCricket) September 5, 2023
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 4, 2023
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) September 4, 2023
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 4, 2023
Ind progress to Super4s and Nepal will progress a lot in international cricket. So so impressive – Also not a team made up of expats unlike many other Asian teams – A passionate country that will regularly produce talent l. Now for opportunities which they should get .. #INDvNEP
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) September 4, 2023
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 4, 2023
So the curtain closes on Nepal's 1st ever #AsiaCup, no shame in losing to Pakistan & India.
Nepal showed for healthy phases of both games that they belong at this level. The nation should be very proud.
Special mention for the amazing 🇳🇵fans who outdid India's by 10 to 1 today pic.twitter.com/irljZOGfZ4
— Andrew Leonard (@CricketBadge) September 4, 2023
An impressive batting performance from Nepal after getting bowled for just 104 runs in the previous ODI against Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/sudAHfscBb
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 4, 2023
Nothing says Nepal have arrived like Mohammed Siraj bumping Kushal Bhurtel then following it up with some evils and a bit of a serve. Great stuff #AsiaCup2023
— Paul Radley (@PaulRadley) September 4, 2023
आस छ अफगानिस्तान बन्ने, डर छ केन्या बन्ने!
केन्या सन २००३ को विश्वकपको सेमिफाइनल खेलेको टिम हो। धेरैको अनुमान यो अफ्रिकी देश क्रिकेटको अर्को शक्तिको रूपमा उदाउने थियो। तर खराब व्यवस्थापन र प्रशासन तथा अरू कारणले केन्याली क्रिकेट यसरी खस्कियो कि २०१४ देखी ODI राष्ट्र समेत रहेन।… pic.twitter.com/FHDLdAtZ94
— sachin timalsena (@TimalsenaSachin) September 5, 2023
Cricket fever's at its peak with Nepal vs India! 🏏🔥 Today, I'm giving the government a break from my cricket critiques. Let's hope they take a cue from our team's enthusiasm and step up their game in supporting Nepali cricket. 🇳🇵🇮🇳 #NepalVsIndia #AsiaCup2023 @BCCI @CricketNep pic.twitter.com/hSapAZoVmm
— Bhawana Ghimire (@BhawanaCAN) September 4, 2023
Well done Nepal 🇳🇵
— Dipesh Pandit (@Thejuly23rdd) September 4, 2023
So happy there. Manjrekar insisting 230 was a good performance for Nepal. But their skipper Rohit says no, "30-40 short". Shows ambition, belief and self-confidence. Good signs. The rest will follow with experience.
— KASHISH (@crickashish217) September 4, 2023
Chin up, Boys. This is just a start !!
We keep improving everyday.
— Sandip Poudel Pietersen (@PietersenSandip) September 4, 2023
— Prasanna Madridista Dahal (@imprasanna13) September 4, 2023
— Miss Rabbit (@nehaGurung1692) September 4, 2023
Super proud of boys. 230 against India is commendable effort especially after the game against Pak. Could have been 10-15 more runs had Sompal stayed till the end. But this 230 has shown lots of talents and promise boys had. From Bhurtel to Asif, Gulshan to Sompal. 👏👏#NEPvIND
— Samraat Maharjan (@MaharjanSamraat) September 4, 2023
Nepal's captain Rohit Paudel said, "today is the biggest day for Nepal cricket". pic.twitter.com/SfyD0O687p
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 4, 2023
Though lost, Nepal Shined 🇳🇵, Nepalese are proud.We are here for growth,creating opportunities for ourselves.
Boys did splendid job! We truly deserve that,we belong there.I see many things coming our way❤️.
The Triangular Flag is Waving high proudly from the Everest🇳🇵. pic.twitter.com/Dxs73GzyjG
— Anisha Dhungel (@_Anishaaaa) September 4, 2023
— Suvam Koirala 🏏 (@SuvamKoirala_45) September 5, 2023
Yes, India won the match today but Nepal scored 230 against them and did not let them complete the chase until the last few overs (despite us not taking any wickets). Our players should hold their head high. They’ve given a good fight to the mighty India.
— Sachin Sapkota 🇳🇵 (@sachinsapkota) September 4, 2023
This was a win for us. Those guys were so sure of winning easily but the way our batter showed attacking intent and went from the first ball gave us all a lot of memory to cheer for.
Thank You Nepal Cricket 🇳🇵
A lot of positives from this game❤️ pic.twitter.com/dwPukXdjAb
— Gaurav Jung Karki (@karkigaurav701) September 5, 2023