National Team: Nepal
IPL: Delhi Capitals
BBL: Melbourne Stars
BPL: Sylhet Sixers
PSL: Lahore Qalandars
CPL: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
APL: Nangarhar Leopard
“Don’t stop chasing your dreams, because dreams do come true” said by non-other than the “God of cricket” himself, Sachin Tendulkar. Sandeep Lamichhane is one of the same kind who never stopped chasing his dream.
If you are a cricket fan you must have seen this boy somewhere in the newspapers or any article about him or you might have heard of him from your friends, family or relatives because this young boy from a small town of Nepal has been ruling in the heart of all the cricket fans around the world with his spellbinding adequacy of turning the ball on the pitch.
Sandeep Lamichhane also was known as Sandy by his fans was born on 2nd August of 2000 in a small village Aruchaur, Syangja, Nepal. Later, he moved to Chitwan district and started his cricket training there. He was lucky enough to get noticed by the captain Paras Khadka and the then coach of Nepal, Pubudu Dassanayake while training at the nets in Chitwan Cricket Academy. They asked him to bowl in the nets and they immediately knew that the boy has got some potential so, they elected him for the national U-19 training camp.
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Early Stage of Sandeep Lamichhane’s Cricketing Career
Sandeep Lamichhane at a very young age made his List-A cricket. He made his debut in the List-A cricket on 16th of April in 2016 against Namibia in the 2015-17 World Cricket League Champions. After his debut in the List-A cricket, he was picked in the Nepal U-19 team for the 2016 U-19 Cricket World Cup where he performed exceptionally well and showed his magic in just the second game against Ireland becoming only the 5th player to take hat-trick in the entire history of Under-19 Cricket World Cup and was also elected as the Player of the Match for his brilliant 5 for 25. In that Under-19 World Cup, with a total of 14 wickets with the average of 17.01 and strike rate of 21.9, was the second highest wicket-taker of that tournament.
In September, in the same year, Sandy got the joy of his life when he received a letter from the former Australian Clarke to play and experience the domestic cricket club scenes in Australia when Clarke was coaching the same team where Sandeep was playing. Through the letter, he invited Sandeep to play at the Sydney based Western Suburbs District Cricket Club. “It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy,” said Clarke, who sponsored the boy to get him to Australia.
It was really a big opportunity for him to play under the wings of Clarke, and his dream Cricketer Shane Warne who he has followed since his childhood alongside Sachin Tendulkar.
In an interview, when he was asked how was your reaction when you received that letter from Michael Clarke he said “It was quite good but also shocking. I was like, seriously? Is it true? That I’ve got called up by Michael Clarke? But he had been giving me some kind of hint while playing at the Hong Kong T20 Blitz. We used to talk to each other a lot. Finally, when I got the news, I was really happy and excited.”
After his magical performance in Under-19 Cricket World Cup, he did another overwhelming performance in 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia cup. He with his devastating performance against Malaysia restricting them on minor 45 with figures of 5 for 8 was prejudged as the Player of the match.
T20 Franchise Cricket
He has played almost every single Franchise leagues happening in the world. He has played T20 Franchise Cricket in the following leagues.
- Indian Premier League
Indian Premier League is one of the most cashed and famous league in the world. Players from around the world come to play this league. All the big names one have ever heard plays in the league and playing in such league will always be a great experience for any player and so was it for Sandeep. It was January 2018 when he was nominated in the list of player for the auction where his base price was 20 Lakhs. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils on his base price and in March of 2018, he became the first Nepalese player to play Indian Premier League(IPL) making his senior T20 debut playing for Delhi against Royals Challenger Banglore where he took 1 wicket for 25 runs. He only got chances to play in last three matches and in those three matches, he managed to take 5 wickets with a bowling average of 16.40.
On his signing Indian Prime Minister Modi commented that the signing has strengthened the relationship between Nepal and India.
Sandeep Lamichhane stated in an interview about his experience in IPL “I was very fortunate to be over there because of the lovely people all around. It was a great tournament. Never played any T20 tournament [of that stature] before that, never played in single T20 match before that. It was a proud moment for me, for Nepal. It was like a guy from Nepal making his country proud, going outside and playing on the big stage like IPL. And I got my chance in the last three games and performed well over there. It was tremendous.”
He has been retained by Delhi Capitals for the 2019 IPL.
- Caribbean Premier League
After IPL, Sandeep was also got a contract in Caribbean Premier League in March to play for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. He was only able to play three matches there because he was called up for his national duty to join his National team in Malaysia to play Asia Cup Qualifiers. In the three matches he played, he took 5 wickets, bowling total of 11 overs and conceding 50 runs with an average of 4.55 which was the best bowling economy till the time he left for Malaysia. He was in the top 10 list of highest wicket-taker. He was the best bowler in his team till then with the best bowling figure of his team of 2/12 and also had bowled most dot balls ‘37’ in his squad.
- Global T20 Canada
In May 2018 Sandy was drafted for the Montreal tiger in the Global T20 cricket tournament which was the inaugural season of Canada League tournament. There he took a total of 8 wickets in 5 matches he played with an average of 19.62. He also became the first player in the history of Global T20 tournament to bowl a maiden over.
- Afghanistan Premier League
Well his franchise league journey was not over yet, after Global T20 league in Canada, he was drafted in Nangarhar Leopard squad in the first edition of Afghanistan Premier League where in his debut game bowled impressively to take two wickets of 3 balls which includes wicket of inform batsman Cameron Delport and then trapped Sikandar Raja on two ball duck. However, Sandeep’s team were defeated by 7 wickets in that match. Sandeep after his first spell was really expensive but in his second spell he created a scene of haste and gave something to hope on for his teammates but it was not enough for his team wins as all other bowlers went too expensive. Sandeep figure in that match was 2 for 23 runs where all other bowlers gave a lot of runs his economy rate was less than 6.
- Pakistan Premier League
Sandeep,the globetrotting cricketer turned into another chapter in his book of journey when he was selected from the gold category for the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League to play for Lahore Qalandar franchise. The league will begin from 14th of February,2019 and Sandeep’s squad will play their first match on an opening day against Islamabad United.
- Big Bash League
In October 2018, Sandeep became the first cricketer from Nepal to play Big Bash League(BBL). He was selected by Melbourne Stars to play in BBL. He has confessed it himself that he always wanted to play in Australia and Big Bash League paved the way for him to make his dream come. He was asked in an interview that “Two years ago, you said that playing in the BBL would be a dream come true. How do you look back at it? “And he replied “Until I went to Australia, I had only played in Asian and English conditions. What remained was playing in Australia. There was only one way that I could have played there and that was the Big Bash. I wanted to make my parents proud, everyone in Nepal proud, myself proud. I once dreamed it and now I’m living it.”
On his selection in BBL, Michael Clarke who has always admired Sandeep Lamichhane take it to Twitter to express his feeling. He tweeted, “Very proud of this little champion. Dreams do come true when you work its backside off !” and Sandeep retweeted being thankful to Michael Clarke and calling him brother.
Sandeep on his selection said “I am delighted to be joining the Stars, it has always been my dream to play in MCG. I am very excited to join the team”.
Not only Sandeep but stars themselves were excited on signing Sandeep as the team list manager, Trent Woodhill said “I first saw Sandeep bowl for Nepal in the Asian U19 Championships in Malaysia and was immediately impressed by both his skill as a wrist spinner and also his energy. Lamichhane had a successful IPL debut for Delhi and bowled well in the CPL. We have high expectations that he will light up the BBL and become a star of the tournament.”
Sandeep Lamichhane now returned to the BBL after his team Sylhet Sixer in BPL(Bangladesh Premier League) get eliminated from the league. He has over-all played six matches in BBL and took 11 wickets with an economy rate of 6.83 and strike rate of 11.8. The last match he played was against Sydney Sixers which was played yesterday on 2nd Feb 2019. In this match, he helped his team to go to playoffs. He took 3 wickets and conceded only 11 runs in his spell of 3 overs and 4 balls. In fact, this is his best bowling figure in BBL.
- Bangladesh Premier League
After getting selected in Big Bash League (BBL) he also get selected for the Bangladesh Premier League and the matches in BBL and BPL overlapping he had to distribute his time to play in both the leagues so after playing 4 matches in BBL he went back to BPL to play with his team Sylhet Sixers alongside his teammate David Warner but BPL did not went well for his team as they get eliminated before the playoffs. And then he returned back to BBL to play the remaining matches of BBL.
Till now Sandeep has played 6 T20 franchise leagues excluding the leagues of Nepal. Soon he will be playing in Pakistan Super League(PSL) which will be his 7th T20 Franchise League.
Sandeep Lamichhane’s International Cricket Career
Lamichhane made his T20I debut for a World XI side against West Indies and became the first cricketer to make a full international debut representing a combined team. In January 2018, he was named in Nepal’s squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two Tournament. That tournament went exceptionally well for Sandeep and his teammates, they reached finals of that tournament but unfortunately lost the finals by only 7 runs against the United Arab Emirates(UAE) but they were successful in getting promoted to division one and are now eligible to play the World cup Qualifiers of 2019. Sandeep played a vital role in taking his team to the finals and was also named as the player of the tournament for his wonderful performance.
In the first match of the tournament, Nepal was facing Namibia and in that match, Sandeep was named as the player of the match for his marvelous performance of 4/18 in 8.2 overs and also played quite an inning with his bat alongside Basant Regmi to win the match 1 wicket.
While in the third match against the UAE, he helped his team restrict the opponent on 114 runs taking 3 wickets by conceding only 30 runs. But the fourth match of the tournament must be a memorable game as he took his first five-wicket haul in List-A cricket. The match was against Kenya were he was named a man of the match again for his bowling figure 5/20. He was the highest wicket-taker in that vital tournament.
For consistent good performance with a bowl, bowling economically and taking 17 wickets in 6 matches he was awarded Player of the Tournament.
In February, International Cricket Council (ICC) named Lamichhane as one of the ten players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers tournament and being-next he was also named as the rising star from Nepal’s squad.
Later in may, he was called up to play with Rest of the World XI against the West Indies at lord as a “Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge”, he made his T20I debut there.
In July 2018, Nepal gets ODI status after the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament and then Nepal got an opportunity to play their first ever ODI series against the Netherlands and so was it for Sandeep Lamichhane who was named in the Nepal team. Before the matches, ICC named Sandeep as the key player for Nepal. Sandeep debuted in T20I for his nation in July in the third match of the 2018 MCC Tri-Nation series, against the Netherlands and after few days he debuted for Nepal ODI team on 1st August 2018 that too was against the Netherlands.
After that, he was named in Nepal’s squad for the qualifiers of Asia Cup in August and in October he was called again for the national duty for the 2018-19 ICC World Twenty20 Asia Cup Qualifiers where he ended up as the leading wicket-taker with 24 wickets in 6 matches.
Alongside cricket he also has a keen interest in music, he loves to sing songs and play guitar and it is known by very few people that he has his own music album released on Youtube and his fans have always admired him both as a cricketer and a music artist.
Sandeep Lamichhane’s Career Statistics
BATTING & FIELDING PERFORMANCE
|ODI||6||5||1||40||15 v UAE||0||0||2||0||10.00||57.97||1||0|
|T20I||5||3||3||6||4* v WI||0||0||0||0||–||85.71||–||–|
|ODI||6||53.1||4||222||15||4/24 v UAE||1||0||14.80||4.17||21.26|
|T20I||5||15||0||122||5||2/19 v UAE||0||0||24.40||8.13||18.00|
|IPL||3||12||0||82||5||3/36 v MI||1||0||16.40||6.83||14.40|
Coming from such a small place at such a young age to becoming the one of the best young bowler in the world. He have always been high of confidence and always have the hunger to do well for whichever team he plays for.
This is just a beginning for him, he still have a long journey to travel. He have never failed to make his family, country and hi beloved one feel proud. There will be a lot of thing that will be written in the book of Sandeep Lamichhane in the near future and hopefully he will become the best bowler in the world.