In a great development for the small Himalayan Kingdom, 17-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane has been selected the Delhi Daredevils to play in the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League.
Sandeep, who faced tough competition in the market during the IPL auction, was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 20 lakh. Although the price is comparatively small, this is big news for Sandeep who will make a mark in Nepalese history as the first Nepalese to play in the lucrative Indian tournament.
Sandeep rose to prominence during the 2016 U-19 World Cup where became the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 scalps in six innings at an average of 17 and an economy of 4.67.
“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,” reported the EconomicTimes.
According to reports, Sandeep’s performance in the world cup 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 tournament, reported EconomicTimes.
Sandeep had a humble beginning with his father who worked in the Indian Railways. He spent 2-3 years in India as a child.