The 17-year-old made history on Sunday when he became the first ever cricketer from Nepal to sign for an Indian Premier League (IPL) team. Sandeep Lamichhane was bought by the Delhi-based team, Delhi Daredevils for his base price of NPR.32, 00,000.
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) January 28, 2018
The leg-spinner first made an impact at the U-19 World Cup in 2016, where he claimed a hat-trick in Nepal’s defeat of Ireland. Later that year, while taking part in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, he made a deep impression on former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who invited the bowler to train under him and play grade cricket in Sydney.
Hemant Dua, CEO of Delhi Daredevils said, “He had a great U-19 World Cup. We called him for a trial and we liked him. We went ahead and bought him.” He hoped the move would open doors for more cricketers from Nepal. “It’s very heartening,” Dua said. “What IPL has done for Afghanistan is create heroes. We’re happy for Sandeep and Nepal.”
Lamichhane will be coached by former Australian Captain and World Cup winner Ricky Ponting and will join the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Glen Maxwell, Colin Munro, Kagiso Rabada in the side.
The IPL team had tweeted earlier this week and introduced Sandeep Lamichhane as “The Nepali Shane Warne”.
— VIVO IPL 2018 #VIVOIPL (@LiveIPL2018) January 23, 2018
It is a proud moment for all the Nepalese as this is the first time that a Nepali cricketer has been signed up for an IPL team. In spite of just being 17 years old, Sandeep Lamichhane sure has etched his name in the history book of Nepal.
Here’s a clip of Sandeep Lamichhane being auctioned in one of the biggest cricket extravaganza, the Indian Premier League: