Nepal’s cricket prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane scripted history by becoming the first cricketer to be picked up in the Indian Premier League auction.
Delhi Daredevils bought the 17 year old Nepali leg spinner for the 11th edition of the T 20 cricket competition. Delhi Daredevils placed a bid of Rs 20 lakh for Lamichhane.
Sandeep was the star of Nepal Under-19 team in 2016. The right arm leg spinner single handedly took his team to eighth position during the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.
He became the second highest wicket taker in the tournament. He picked up 14 wickets in six innings at an average of 17 and an economy of 4.67.
Sandeep was born in Syangja in Nepal. He spent two-three years in India when his father worked with the Indian railways. It was during his stay in India that he got the first exposure to cricket. He became fan of the Indian cricket team. However, Sandeep moved back to homeland after that.
Sandeep will be coached by former Australian Captain and World Cup winner Ricky Ponting. He will join the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Glen Maxwell, Colin Munro, Kagiso Rabada in the side. He had earlier played for Australian Skipper Michael Clarke’s academy in Sydney.