• Last updated on Tue, 19 Jun, 2018, 01:26 PM
“The journey has been good so far and I would like to keep it on the same form so that I can help Nepal cricket” – Lamichhane © BCCI
Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who has been picked up by CPL franchise St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, is keen to take his Delhi Daredevils experience from 2018 IPL forward and make the most of the opportunity at the franchise where he’ll brush his shoulders with the likes of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis. The 18-year-old, who shot to prominence after being bagged by DD at the mega auction earlier this year, also recently made his T20I debut with the ICC XI in the fundraiser match against the Windies.
“I used to follow CPL from the beginning and I’ve been selected for St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. It’s a big achievement for me, and again a good challenge for me ahead. I hope I’ll make it count, to play with big names, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, it will be a good booster for me,” Lamichhane told the CPL official website.
The leggie cherished every moment in the two months spent at the IPL despite his franchise having had to endure a rocky time this season. Although Lamichhane’s time came only after DD were arithmetically out of the race for a playoff spot, he still impressed with five wickets from three matches at an economy rate of 6.83. His short stint invited praises from his head coach at the IPL, Ricky Ponting.
“It’s always good playing with some legends, playing with big names. It is a big achievement for me and for Nepal cricketers. I’m just looking forward to keep remaining [at this level]. Playing three matches [at the IPL], it gave me a lot of good confidence and I hope I will continue on the same form,” Lamichhane said.
Nepal, who gained the ODI status following their win over Papua New Guinea last month, are in the middle of their best time in cricket. Lamichhane’s corresponding rise augurs well for the team. “We are growing the game in every part of Nepal. We’ve secured ODI status for four years. We are looking forward to make an impact on the international arena so that we can be in the Test playing nation very soon.
“We are doing hard work. We are playing Prime Minister’s Cup cricket right now in Nepal so that we can prepare ourselves for some good cricket tournaments, we are playing against MCC as well as the Netherlands,” Lamichhane added.
“I just want to grow my cricket every time, so that I can help Nepal to reach a high range of cricket. The journey has been good so far and I would like to keep it on the same form so that I can help Nepal cricket.”
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who finished runners-up, will play their first game of the season against Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 9.