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Has CPL show cemented Big Bash place for Sandeep?

Aug 26, 2018 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Nepal’s leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane ended what could be called as a successful Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign that has further bolstered his chances to feature in more lucrative Twenty20 leagues around the globe.


Sandeep played his last match for Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Saturday and despite turning expensive bleeding 43 runs in his four wicketless overs against Barbados Tridents, the teen prodigy has already showed the glimpse of now being a player who is ready to take on the who’s who of world cricket.

Take a look at the video of Chris Lynn’s dismissal Sandeep recently shared in his Instagram account. “Enjoyed this one. Hoping for lot more to come,” Sandeep has captioned the video which shows the bowler completely foxing Trinbago Knight Riders batsman Lynn, one of the most talented Twenty20 batsmen, with a googly that uproots his off stump.

Conjuring all the aggression he might have restored, Sandeep celebrates the wicket in style sprinting towards the slip where he gets a stylish high-five from his skipper Gayle. Lynn was not the only renowned batsman Sandeep has bamboozled in the ongoing CPL where his performance has also been crucial in lifting Patriots to the second spot.

Sandeep had got rid of another Aussie batting star David Warner and played a key role in handing his side a seven-wicket victory over St Lucia Stars. Barring Saturday’s match where he was struck for three fours and three sixes, Sandeep’s performance had been the one that every bowler would envy.

Beginning with miserly figures of 2-12 from four overs against Guayana Amazon Warriors in the first match, Sandeep continued to impress with 1-17 from three overs against Trinbago Knight Riders where Lynn’s dismissal was the highlight. He then took 2-21 against Jamaica Tallawahs, the current leaders of the tournament and followed it with 2-13 from two overs against Stars.

With an economy of 6.23, the second best in the current CPL till date, Sandeep has taken a wonderful stride in the world of professional Twenty20 cricket that began with his fairytale appearance in the glitzy and cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). Sandeep had to endure a long and testing wait before he made his debut in the IPL and feature in three matches for the Delhi Daredevils.

Daredevils did finish at the bottom of the IPL but the opportunity that Sandeep got in their last three games now seems to have established a cricketer eager to put the world in his spin. He took a total of five wickets in the IPL with an economy of 6.83. Considering how his first three professional leagues – also including the Global Twenty20 Canada -- have panned out, a place in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) looks already cemented for Sandeep.


Being a protégé to Australian World Cup winning captain Michael Clarke and having played under the mentorship of another Aussie legend Ricky Ponting, Sandeep has all the reasons to dream of BBL. Even if the Clarke and Ponting connections are to be kept aside, Sandeep's hard work combining with his skills should be enough to give him a shot at Australia's biggest Twenty20 competition. 

When Clarke invited Sandeep for the first time in Australia to train in his academy, Sandeep reiterated playing BBL was going to be his next big dream. The dream gradually seems to be getting closer to reality for Nepali cricket’s new poster boy.



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