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IPL: Nepal's Lamichchane gets his Daredevils jersey

Last updated on: March 23, 2018 16:26 IST

Sandeep Lamichhane

IMAGE: Sandeep Lamichchane is presented with his Delhi Daredevils jersey for IPL-11.

Sandeep Lamichchane -- Nepal's first player to have signed up for the Indian Premier League -- was presented with his team jersey on Friday.

He was presented with the jersey for the upcoming 11th edition of the IPL starting next month by Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua in Kolkata.


Lamichhane became the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract when he was bought by Delhi Daredevils in the players' auction in January.

 

The 17-year-old, the only Nepal player in the IPL auction, was sold at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.

The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.

He hogged 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.

Sandeep had scalped five wickets in two warm-up games and was also part of Nepal's first match against New Zealand, which they won by 32 runs.

Sandeep Lamichhane

IMAGE: Sandeep Lamichchane poses in the Delhi Daredevils jersey.

However, his moment of glory awaited him 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.

His five-wicket haul helped Nepal notch up an eight-wicket win over Ireland and enter the knockout stages for the second time in their seventh World Cup appearance.

Sandeep's performance caught the attention of former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who picked the teenager to play alongside him for Kowloon Cantoons in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz.

Later, Clarke also invited the leg-spinner to play for his team Western Suburbs in the NSW Premier Cricket season in Australia.

Born in Syangja, Sandeep had spent two-three years in India as a child when his father was working in the Indian Railways.

During his stay in India, Sandeep got exposed to Indian cricketer such as legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. He was also inspired by Australian spin great Shane Warne.