Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal’s rising cricketer has been drafted in for Indian Premier League 2018 edition. The auction will be held in Bengaluru on January 27-28 and Lamichhane is among the big pool of 578 players that includes 360 Indians.
Among the 578 players, he along with Hamza Tariq (Wicketkeeper) from Canada are the only two players representing Associates. The sensational leg-spinner who was once compared with Australian legend Shane Warne has set a reserve price of INR 20 Lakh.
Today, We look back to his cricket journey and achievements.
Birth: Sandeep Lamichhane was born on August 2, 2000. He is a right-handed batsman and a leg-spinner.
Career: He was first seen playing in Chitwan district by Nepal’s ex-Coach Pubudu Dassanayake, who then brought him to Kathmandu. He made his List A debut for Nepal on April 16, 2016, against Namibia in Kathmandu. He has played 9 games so far taking 12 wickets. He is also leading the Nepal U19 captain since December 13, 2016.
U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016: Lamichhane’s magic began in Nepal U19 journey in ICC U19 World Cup 2016 where he grabbed 14 wickets, and also became the second highest wicket-taker of the tournament with an average of 17.07 in 6 matches. His best figure of 5/27 came against Ireland U19 where he took a hattrick, the first Nepalese cricketer to achieve such record in the U19 world cup.
He was featured by International Cricket Council (ICC) as the Future Stars XI after the conclusion of the tournament.
Next Shane Warne? Lamichhane was playing against Pakistan U19 in the U19 World Cup and he produced some impressive turn and took the Pakistan batsmen by surprise. That impressive spell of leg spin was then replayed and likened many times and even top media like BBC didn’t stop comparing him with Australian legend – Shane Warne.
Impressive Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2016: With an impressive short career, Lamichhane was selected for Kowloon Cantons team in the inaugural edition of the Hong Kong T20 Blitz where he played with the former Australian skipper Michael Clarke.
Training in Australia: Former Australia Captain Michael Clarke and his academy based in Sydney, Australia invited young Leg-Spinner for a training in Australia. Clarke sponsored him to attend the Michael Clarke Cricket Academy and to play the 2016-17 season with his Premier Grade Cricket Club, Western Suburbs.
Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game,” Michael Clarke said.
Bangladesh Premier League: Lamichhane was included in the draft for the 2017 edition of Bangladesh Premier League but couldn’t make it to the final list.
2018 Indian Premier League Auction: He has been named in the IPL player auction list with a reserve price of INR 20 lakhs. He is one the two players from associate nations to be on the list of 578 players to be auctioned.
Brilliant to see mate, if I was apart of a team I would pick him up quick smart. Wonderful talent and little champion👏👍🏏👌 https://t.co/vITPy9Mkf0
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 21, 2018