The 17-year old Sandeep Lamichanne becomes the first cricketer from Nepal to be inducted into the cash-rich Indian Premier League. Lamichhane has been bought by the Delhi Daredevils for a base price of 20 Lakh. Sandeep has represented Nepal in the U-19 tournaments and has a knack for picking up wickets in high-pressure games. Delhi Daredevils have bought themselves leg-break googly spinner who can eventually come very handy at times in a fast pace game.
He registered his name in the IPL 2018 auction and initially got selected into the final list of the 578 from 1122 players.
His consistent performances is one of the reasons which turned heads of the cricket experts. In the 2016 U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, Sandeep became the second highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets in six matches. He became the fifth bowler in history to collect a hat-trick in the U-19 WC.
In List A matches, Lamichhane has played nine matches where he as collected 12 wickets and has a career best figure of 3/48. The leg break googly spinner represented Nepal in the ICC U-19 World Cup match and collected 5/27 against Ireland in 2016.
Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has mentored the youngster in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz and was soon called down to Australia to play for his team Western Suburbs in the New South Wales Premier Cricket season.
Sandeep was born in Syangjaand had spent three years in India as a child when his father was working in the Indian railways. Growing up in India, the youngster was exposed to cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and had idolised Australian legend, Shane Warne. Sandeep admired the spin legend and wanted to emulate him on the cricket field.