- Sandeep Lamichhane is excited at the prospect of working with Amit Mishra in Delhi Daredevils Team 2018
- The 17-year-old leg-spinner is the first ever player from Nepal to have been selected in IPL
- Lamichhane revealed he looked up to Shane Warne while growing up
Having never won the IPL and ending up with a wooden spoon on more occasion than one, Delhi Daredevils have quite rightly forged a reputation of being the tournament’s perennial punching bags. In a bid to shed the infamous tag and launch a serious assault on winning their maiden title this year, the Delhi team management pressed the reboot button and brought in an exciting fresh contingent of players. Gautam Gambhir was signed up as captain and Aussie legend Ricky Ponting will be the Delhi Daredevils 2018 head coach. Among all the big name signings, one particular player who raised plenty of curiosity among IPL 2018 DD fans was Nepal’s young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
Still only 17 years of age, Lamichhane is the first ever player from Nepal to be picked by an IPL franchise and is itching to get his Delhi Daredevils 2018 stint started. In a recent interview to a TV channel, the leg-spinner shared his views on project ‘Sandeep Lamichhane IPL 2018’, working with a veteran like Amit Mishra, his role model and his overall cricket journey.
On how it feels to be the first ever Nepalese player to be signed up for IPL?
When the Delhi Daredevils Team 2018 signed him up at the auction in January, Lamichhane became the first ever player from his country to get a taste of the extravaganza that is IPL. Reflecting on the same, he said: “It is my privilege to get an opportunity to play in IPL and becoming the first player from my country to play in this league is a big achievement for me and Nepali cricket as well. I hope in the upcoming years, there will lots of players from Nepal who will play in the IPL.”
On interacting and learning from Amit Mishra in IPL 2018
“It always feels great to get connected with any leg-spinner in your team. Amit Mishra is very popular and he has been a great bowler in IPL history. I think he is one of the leading wicket-takers in the tournament and there will be lots of things to learn from him like his variations and his experience of playing in big games,” Lamichhane said.
On his cricketing idol
When asked about his role model in the game of cricket, Lamichhane was quick in pointing out that he has grown up watching the great Shane Warne.
“Being a leg-spinner, Shane Warne is my cricketing idol. He is the greatest of all time. His art of turning the ball and deceiving the batsmen.. all these things made it very special to watch him play. That’s why he has been my role model while growing up.”
On heading to CPL after the IPL
After completing his IPL commitments with Delhi Daredevils 2018, Lamichhane will head to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he has been signed up by the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots to play in CPL 2018.
On his upcoming CPL stint, the teenager siaid: “Like IPL, it is a great opportunity again to play in the CPL as well. It will give me lots of exposure and the experience of playing with the Caribbean players, many Pakistani players and the other great mix of players from all around the world. I will give my 100% there in both IPL and CPL.”
On how did he end up as a leg-spinner?
“In fact, I can bowl off-spin as well but I figured that leg-spin works better for me. In my junior days, I saw many batsmen failing to read my leg-spinners and they were completely deceived by my bowling style. That’s why I chose to become a leg-spinner,” the 17-year-old said.
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