Sandeep Lamichhane

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Sandeep Lamichhane
सन्दीप लामिछाने
Personal information
Full nameSandeep Lamichhane
Born (2000-08-02) 2 August 2000 (age 18)
Aruchaur, Syangja, Nepal
BowlingLeg break googly
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 6)1 August 2018 v Netherlands
Last ODI28 January 2019 v UAE
T20I debut (cap 20)31 May 2018 v West Indies
Last T20I3 February 2019 v UAE
Domestic team information
2018Delhi Capitals
2018St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
2018Nangarhar Leopards
2018/19Melbourne Stars
2019Sylhet Sixers
2019Lahore Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I LA T20
Matches 6 5 27 36
Runs scored 40 6 76 21
Batting average 10.00 7.60 21.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 15 4* 15 6*
Balls bowled 319 90 1,434 764
Wickets 15 5 57 45
Bowling average 14.80 24.40 17.08 19.24
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/24 2/19 5/20 4/10
Catches/stumpings 1/– 0/– 9/– 5/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 17 March 2019

Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepali: सन्दीप लामिछाने; born 2 August 2000) is a Nepalese cricketer who plays for the Nepalese national team. A right-handed leg spin bowler, Lamichhane has played for Twenty20 franchise sides across the world, including the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL), and the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

He made his T20 international debut in a Twenty20 International (T20I) match against the West Indies, where he represented a World XI side. He became the first cricketer to make a T20 international debut representing a combined team.[1] He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Nepal's first One Day International (ODI) match, against the Netherlands, in August 2018.

Early life[edit]

Sandeep Lamichhane was born on 2 August 2000 in Aruchaur, Syangja, Nepal. During his childhood, he considered Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne as his cricketing idols.[2] Then he moved to Chitwan district and started training at Chitwan Cricket Academy which is run by former captain Raju Khadka. During a visit by the captain Paras Khadka and former coach of Nepal Pubudu Dasanayake, Sandeep was told to bowl in the nets and was selected for the national under-19 training camp.

Early career[edit]

He made his List A cricket debut in the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship on 16 April 2016 against Namibia.[3] Prior to his List A debut, he was named in Nepal's under-19 squad for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[4][5] In their second match against Ireland under-19s he took a hat-trick,[6] becoming the fifth bowler to take a hat-trick in under-19 world cup history.[2] He was adjudged man of the match with figures of 5/27.[6]

He finished the tournament as second highest wicket taker with 14 wickets at an average of 17.07 and strike rate of 21.9.[7] In September 2016 Lamichhane received a letter from former Australian captain Michael Clarke, inviting him to play at the Sydney-based Western Suburbs District Cricket Club.[8] In the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup, he took bowling figures of 5/8 which restricted Malaysia under-19s to a total of 45 and was named the man of the match.[9]

T20 franchise cricket[edit]

In January 2018, he was included in the list of players for auction in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).[10] He was bought by Delhi Daredevils and became the first Nepalese cricketer to get a contract in the IPL.[11] Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi commented that the relationship between India and Nepal had been strengthened because of the signing.[12][13]

In March 2018, He was drafted to play for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.[14][15]

In May 2018, he made his senior Twenty20 debut for the Delhi in the IPL, becoming the first Nepalese cricketer to play in the IPL.[11] He took a wicket for 25 runs on his debut match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.[16] In the tournament he took five wickets in three matches with a bowling average of 16.40.

In June 2018 Lamichane was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[17][18] In the tournament he took eight wickets in five matches at an average of 19.62.[19] In September 2018, he was named in Nangarhar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament,[20] going on to play in one match in the tournament.

In October 2018, he was signed by the Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League (BBL), becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to play in the BBL.[21] Later the same month, he was named in the squad for Sylhet Sixers, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[22] In November 2018, Lamichhane was named in Lahore Qalandars's squad in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League.[23][24] In March 2019, he was named as one of eight players to watch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League tournament.[25]

International career[edit]

In January 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament.[26] In their opening match against Namibia, he was adjudged man of the match with bowling figures of 4/18 in 8.2 overs.[27] He also shared a crucial final wicket partnership of 18 runs with Basanta Regmi to win the match by one wicket.[28] In the third match against the United Arab Emirates, he took 3/30 to help reduce the opponent to 114 runs.[29] In the fourth match against Kenya, he took his first five wicket haul in List A cricket, with 5/20, and was again named the man of the match.[30]

Lamichhane was awarded with ICC World Cricket League Division Two Player of the tournament award as a result of his economical bowling and took the most wickets in the tournament, taking 17 wickets in six matches.[31]

In February 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Lamichhane as one of the ten players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.[32] Following the conclusion of the tournament, the ICC went on to name Lamichhane as the rising star of Nepal's squad.[33]

In May 2018, he was added to the ICC Rest of the World XI team, for the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge against the West Indies at Lord's.[34] He made his making his T20I debut in the match.[35]

In July 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for their ODI series against the Netherlands.[36] These were Nepal's first ODI matches after gaining ODI status during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[37] Ahead of the matches, the ICC named him as the key player for Nepal.[38] He made his T20I debut for Nepal in July in the third match of the 2018 MCC Tri-Nation Series, against the Netherlands.[39] He made his ODI debut for Nepal against the Netherlands on 1 August 2018.[40]

In August 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament.[41] In October 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad in the Eastern sub-region group for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier tournament.[42] He was the leading wicket-taker during the tournament, with 24 dismissals in six matches.[43][44]


  • NNIPA Best Youth Player of the year: 2017[45]
  • NCCS-CPAN Cricketer of the Year: 2018[46]

See also[edit]


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