When the Delhi Daredevils took on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore this week, it marked an historic day for Nepal cricket, as Sandeep Lamichhane made his IPL debut.
Ricky Ponting handing his cap to Sandeep was a historic moment for the IPL and Nepal.
Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer didn’t waste time giving Sandeep a first crack with the red cherry, and the debutant struck in his second over, removing the dangerous Parthiv Patel.
Despite an onslaught from Kohli and AB de Villers in the middle overs, Lamichhane finished with figures of 1-25 from four overs. While most young players would be happy with that performance, Sandeep was disappointed be end up on the losing side – great attitude for someone of just 17 years.
Perhaps his wise, humble nature is behind his success.
It all started when Michael Clarke saw glimpses of Sandeep in the Hong Kong T20. Clarke took Sandeep under his tutelage at his cricket academy in Sydney. From there, Sandeep picked up a hattrick against Ireland in the U-19 World Cup in 2016, and helped his nation attain ODI status.
After the IPL, he will be playing in Carribean Premier League, which means more visibility for Nepalase cricket, hopefully leading to a flurry of their youngstérs taking on the cricket world.