Sandeep Lamichhane became the first cricketer from Nepal to bag a deal on IPL contract as Delhi Daredevils picked him in the ongoing players auction. The 17-year-old boy and the only Nepali player listed in the IPL auction, was sold at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
He heeded the limelight by becoming the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 scalps in six innings at an average of 17 and an economy of 4.67. He was also part of Nepal’s first match against New Zealand, which they won by 32 runs.
However, he got his awaited moment of glory in the next match against Ireland when Sandeep took a hat-trick, becoming only the fifth bowler in history to achieve the feat in the under-19 World Cup.
Sandeep’s performance came into the light of former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who picked this boy to play alongside him for Kowloon Cantoons in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz. Further Clarke also invited the leg-spinner to play for his team Western Suburbs in the NSW Premier Cricket season in Australia.
Though he was born in Syangja, Sandeep had spent 2-3 years in India as a child when his father was working in the Indian railways.Meanwhile his stay in India got him exposed to Indian cricketer such as legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. He was also inspired by Australian spinner, great Shane Warne.