Kathmandu: Former Nepali captain Gyanendra Malla has officially declared his retirement from international cricket.
Making the announcement during a press conference held in Kathmandu on Friday, Malla said that the timing was appropriate for him to step away from the realm of international cricket. “I had been having this [retirement] thought in my mind for a long time. The team is doing well now, and there is a balance. It feels like the right time to make this decision.”
Malla commenced his cricket journey with the Nepali U-15 team in 2005, marking the beginning of his illustrious career. Swiftly progressing, Malla showcased his talent in ACC U-17 and ACC U-19 tournaments that same year. His consistent performances earned him a spot in Nepal’s U-19 squad for the 2006 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Since then, he has been a regular member of the national side.
In his One Day International (ODI) career, Malla played 37 ODIs, accumulating a total of 876 runs. His highest individual score in ODIs was 75 runs, while he maintained an average of 24.33. With a strike rate of 66.46, Malla showcased his ability to score at a consistent pace.
Malla was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Nepal’s first ever One Day International (ODI) match, against the Netherlands, in August 2018.