NAIROBI, Kenya August 31 – Nepalese star Sandeep Lamichhane, who made history as his country’s first player to play for the Indian Premier League (IPL), has revealed to Capital Sports that he had developed a personal interest in cricket having no family members to look up to.
The 22-year-old cricketer, who has played for Twenty20 franchise teams around the world, said he became interested in playing the game when he was young thanks to his participation in many cricket matches .
“I got introduced to cricket, I always loved watching the players on the pitch and that was something that inspired me as a young kid, and with that I always wanted to step onto the pitch as a than an athlete,” said Lamichhane, whose childhood role models were Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.
The Nepalese national cricket captain is the latest of three children, raised with his two older brothers Mohan Lamichhane and Indu Lamichhane Neupane.
Lamichhane’s best moment in cricket was when he watched Nepal play in the World Cup in 2014 while not in it.
“I have quite a few good times, but my best was watching Nepal play live in the 2014 World Cup, even though I wasn’t part of it, but it was a moment for all of us, and personally it was an indescribable moment for Nepal,” described Lamichhane, who is Nepal’s all-time best wicket taker in both ODI and T20I.
He was first spotted by talent scouts when he played for Delhi in the annual Hong Kong T20 Sixes in 2017, who invited him for a trial and clearly he was able to qualify.
From then on, he was able to rise to prominence and play for the big leagues and grow in his career.
He has played for Twenty20 franchise teams around the world, including Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL) and Lahore Qalandars in the Indian Super League. Pakistan (PSL).
And as captain, he hopes to have a positive impact on his teammates by the end of his term.
“Being captain is a big responsibility for me in terms of helping and sharing my knowledge, because it’s about helping each other and improving as a team at the end,” said the skipper, who made his Twenty20 International debut against the West Indies. , Told Capital Sports after guiding his proteges to victory against Kenya in the five-game T20 International Cricket series.
-First time in Kenya-
It was his first time to Kenya, he was happy with his time in the country and was happy to be part of the team that brought cricket back to Kenyans for the first time in a decade, noting that the performance of the players on the pitch was impressive.
“The experience here has been fantastic, and the most important thing is to bring cricket back to Kenya and the talent is immense, the future is bright for Kenya. It was amazing for me personally to come and play in a beautiful country with amazing culture.
A skilled bowler beyond his years with a startling talent in cricket, Lamichhane is also a singer and guitarist and in July 2018 he released his first song ‘Udash thiyo’ from the album Pratikshya-The Waiting.
As he guides his proteges through the impressive exit of the ODI match, where they have won two out of three games so far, he is confident his side will succeed.
“We definitely have to win the ODI, I’m preparing just before the game and hopefully we manage to win.”