Sompal Kami – the lonely survivor from 2014 T20 World Cup

On 16 March 2014, Sompal Kami made his T20I debut against Hong Kong in the first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. He was only 18 years old at the time. Ten years later, he is representing Nepal in another T20 World Cup.

In between, he has played 65 T20I matches, taking 59 wickets and scoring 315 runs. From being a youngster in the side, he has now become a senior member.

When Nepal played its first match of the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against the Netherlands on Tuesday, he was the only survivor from the debut World Cup team and became the only player to have represented Nepal in two World Cups.

Nepal lost the game by six wickets.

During the post-match press conference, a reporter asked him about the differences in playing across the two tournaments.

“Lots of differences because T20 cricket before 2014 was not that fast, but now it is totally like a T20 game,” Kami replied.