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Interview with Rit Gautam – Nepal’s International Cricketer

Gautam, who also captained the Nepal U-16 team, is the only cricketer in Nepali history to have scored centuries in both the U-16 and U-19 age groups.

Interview with Rit Gautam - Nepal's International Cricketer
Photo Courtesy: Rit Gautam/Facebook

Interview with Rit Gautam: As a result of their education throughout the British Empire, the Rana elite brought cricket back to Nepal in their kitbags. The Cricket Association of Nepal was created by the nobility in 1946.

The association was placed under the National Sports Council of the Ministry of Sports in an effort to promote cricket throughout Nepal after the Ranas were overthrown in 1951 and the subsequent royal takeover in 1961, though this was mostly restricted to Kathmandu until the 1980s.

A two-tiered domestic league allowed cricket to reach the common people while the association was run by the aristocracy who batted for the king, according to an ICC report.

Despite having big threats Nepal International cricket has been formed.

My name is Rit Gautam. I’m 20 years old and a professional cricket player from Nepal. I was the former captain of the U19 National Cricket Team. I represent Bagmati State.

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When did you begin your career as a cricketer?

My professional cricket career began in 2018 when I made my debut against India U19. However, I began playing the game as a child in my backyard and on playgrounds. I used to leave the house early in the morning and return late in the evening after a full day of street cricket. I’ve had my fair share of disciplinary measures at home.

What made you enter the cricket field?

The sheer enjoyment and enthusiasm for the game. Another factor that has been added recently is my mother’s support and interest in the game.

How was your first experience on the cricket field?

I was 13 years old when I first set foot in an international stadium. I attended the national cricket academy as a trainee. It was a surreal experience, a moment when my heart told me subconsciously that I belonged here. The feeling of entering the ground remains the same no matter how many large stadiums I play in.

What challenges have you faced as a cricketer to achieve this position?

Professional athletes face numerous challenges. One of the most difficult things I’ve had to deal with is my knee injury. There was no assistance from any organizations. I had to go through 9 months of rehab, during which time I missed many major tournaments. Along with this, cricketers face numerous challenges, such as maintaining fitness and mental stability during difficult periods.

What is your inspiration and who inspired you the most?

My mother is my inspiration. I grew up seeing her work tirelessly every day to provide for me and help me excel in my sport. I draw a lot of inspiration from Michael Jordan in the game, despite the fact that he is from a different sport. There are many mental aspects of his game that help me as well.

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Can you tell me about your recent and past cricket records?

I hold two national records: the first U16 cricketer to score an international century and the first Nepal cricketer to score an international century in all age groups. My best performance in the 2019 Challenger Trophy would be 84 (93) balls against India U19.

Who is your favorite cricketer?

I admire and respect all cricketers, but my current favourite is Virat Kohli.

How difficult is it these days for any athlete, be it a cricketer or another, to deal with mental health issues?

Mental health is an extremely important aspect of the game, but it is also the most neglected aspect on the part of the players. It takes a lot of mental strength to play and succeed in this game. It is extremely mentally draining, especially when a player is in a slump, whether it is due to off-field pressures such as media, selections, and expectations.

Interview with Rit Gautam - Nepal's International Cricketer

It takes tremendous mental strength for a cricketer to simply get out of bed after a week of intense training and show up for another practice session during difficult phases. Athletes’ mental health should be prioritized, and all sports organizations should hire specialists from this department for all professional sports teams.

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.”

Written By

Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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