The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League will witness and play a small part of history as the first Nepal cricketer is set to make ways into the cash-rich T20 league, representing the Delhi Daredevils is the talented Sandeep Lamichhane.
The leg-spinner who hails from Nepal was bought by the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL auctions earlier on in January this year for the base price of 20 Lakhs.
The Nepal Sports Council Member secretary Keshav Bista handed Lamichhane with the DD jersey with the number '1'.
"I cannot take the number 25 from my seniors, as the birth date of my deceased Nephew falls on January i.e. 1, so I took the number for the jersey and we always want to be number one for which I took the number," said Sandeep in regard to his choice about the number on his jersey.
The 17-year old teenage sensation has played a vital role in helping Nepal creating history by achieving an ODI status recently.
Lamichanne, who will be under the guidance Ricky Ponting and various other experienced players, will be a special ammunition in the Delhi Daredevil's cavalry.
"Somebody from Nepal would have taken him before us had we not stepped in. Sandeep Lamichhane is someone who is talented who brings something unique to the team," said CEO of Delhi Daredevils team who clarified media about Sandeep's selection.
The leg-spinner was engaged in International duties for Nepal after playing World Cup qualifiers from Zimbabwe and will be heading to India next week for the 11th edition of the IPL.
This season's IPL is set to commence from April 7 with the opener featuring Chennai Super Kings taking on rivals Mumbai Indians. Delhi Daredevils will face neighbours Kings XI Punjab on April 8.