Nepali Cricket star: In the making
Sandeep Lamichhane, the 16-years old has been a cricket sensation for Nepali Cricket. The right arm leg spinner is also known as "The Junior Shane Warne". His career started from the nets of "Campa Chaur" Chitwan, when former Nepalese head coach Pubudu Dasanayake marked his potential and placed him to the national camp. His performance at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup took him to the new heights. His ability to spin the ball compared himself with "ball of the century" of spin king Shane Warne. He became the second-highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets and a best of 5 for 27 against Ireland at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year. Lamichhane was quickly uplifted into the senior team as he played against Namibia in his debut series taking 3 wickets in 2 matches.
The teenager also managed to get interest and applause from Michael Clarke, the former Australia captain, when they played together for Kowloon Cantons in Hongkong. Lamichhane also picked up two wickets in the T20 match and this tournament became his turning point indeed. The Rhino star and the former Kangaroo captain seemed exchanging their words in social sites. In the WCL match against Netherlands, he also managed to pick up crucial wicket of mighty van der Merwe. Taking three wickets overall against unbeaten Dutch team, Nepal also managed to win them in their homeland.
Now, the young sensation is all set to represent Sydney-bases club Western Suburbs after he received an invitation from former Australian Captain Michael Clarke today. The club Western Suburbs, had a press release where Clarke stated “Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game. It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy. I am looking forward to working with him and all the boys and girls that will attend the 5-day live in camp starting September 26th.” He also stated "Sandeep will fit in well at my club, Wests have always gone out of their way to look after the younger players and he will be a great asset to the club this summer."
Clarke and Lamichhane will both feature in Western Suburbs' first match of the season against Mosman on September 24 in Sydney.