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Had only DD made an early call for Nepal's leggie Sandeep

May 19, 2018 | Parbati Lama |
Take a look at his bowling figures -- 1-25 against Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers' Royal Challengers Bangalore and 1-21 against Chennai Super Kings. Out of those miserly bowling figures, Friday's wicket of Indian Premier League legend Suresh Raina is a bonus.    

Nepal's leg spin prodigy was itching to perform at the IPL and he made his point in the first two games. The judgment could be too early but talking about his calmness and control at world cricket's toughest tournaments are going to be a cliche in future, for sure.

Daredevils are currently at the pit bottom of the IPL points table and with just eight points with one match left, Shreyas Iyer's men will still finish eighth even if they shock Mumbai Indians. The only excitement they can now do is ruin Mumbai's playoff hopes.

Daredevils, however, would like to end their dismal campaign on a high note by atleast going double figures in the points table spoiling the party for Mumbai. If Daredevils' last match will be all about salvaging pride for themselves, the clash against Mumbai at Feroz Shah Kotla will once again put the Nepali cricket community at the epic of excitement. After probably the longest wait that lasted for 11 matches, Nepal is finally watching its new poster boy spin his web in world cricket's expensive and colourful Twenty20 league.

Daredevils had a difficult outing once again, they watched their experienced captain Gautam Gambhir step down midway through their campaign, saw him replaced through young Shreyas Iyer and foreign hopefuls barring Trent Boult not faring according to expectations.

Already out of the playoff contention, a debut for Sandeep looked obvious and he took to the field against Bangalore in Kotla. Handed the ball for the first over in defence of 180 runs, Sandeep left everyone in awe with the control and variation against world cricket top clash batsmen Kohli and De Villiers.

And on Friday, he was even better bowling against the likes of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Dhoni and Raina were unable to score against Sandeep freely as the teen bowler bamboozled both batsmen with his variation. With experienced Amit Mishra also tightening the screw from the other end, Sandeep's tight bowling was one of the reasons Daredevils managed to defend 162-5.

The Daredevils management will now wait to see how he does against Rohit Sharma's Mumbai and another brilliant display of leg spin bowling from Sandeep might make them regret their decision to put him in bench for most of the tournament. 

Daredevils have not been able to fare well with the bat except for southpaw Rishab Pant and few contributions from Iyer. In a tournament where even over 200 runs are chaseable, Delhi bowlers have been left with only average total to defend.

Playing an anonymous bowler would have helped Delhi because it would probably take longer time for other batsmen to crack the Sandeep Lamichhane puzzle. He is quick, comes in with sharp turn and combines them with a plethora of variations.  

The first two matches Sandeep played are enough to bring Sandeep's bowling prowess to a conclusion. But had only he been brought into the playing XI before it was too late, things could have been different for Daredevils in the points table.


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