KATHMANDU, May 22: The praise for Sandeep Lamichhane is certain to continue for some time with humongous step up in his ability as a cricket player alongside top performers of the cricket world. The fact that he belongs from a country which is yet to play a one-day-international match, Nepal achieving the much-coveted ICC-ODI-status only earlier this year, makes it a compelling story of success against all odds. Here are his top five performances that laid strong ground for his journey this far.
REPUBLICA, May 21: Sandeep Lamichhane had to wait for his debut for Delhi Daredevils whilst assumptions were made if the purchase of a starlet from lesser known but internet-friendly Nepal was all but a commercial stunt to boost up fan following in the top associate nation-- in terms of fan following.
KATHMANDU, May 21: Sandeep Lamichhane’s first three-wicket haul in the Indian Premier League (IPL) along with veteran spinner Amit Mishra’s three wickets has dented the chances of the defending champion Mumbai Indians of qualifying for the playoffs. The spinners played crucial roles in leading Delhi Daredevils to an 11-run win over Mumbai in the 55th match of the money-spinning IPL played at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Sunday.
KATHMANDU, May 20: The expectations were multiplied when Sandeep Lamichhane was announced in the Delhi Daredevils playing XI for the second straight game in the match against Indian cricket legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) on Friday.
KATHMANDU, May 17: The world is at Sandeep Lamichhane’s feet as the wonder kid from Nepal’s Syangja district has already made a habit of breaking the internet back in Nepal every second day. From taking his first hat-trick in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2016 to being shortlisted in official ICC World XI squad to make his T20I debut in 2018, the journey for the 17-year-old wizard has been no less than a fairytale.
KATHMANDU, May 17: Spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane’s reputation continues to rapidly rise in international cricket as he was the latest name to be unveiled as a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World XI to face West Indies in May 31 charity T20I match. ICC World XI is set to take on West Indies national team in a T20I match at iconic Lord’s stadium in London to raise funds for Caribbean stadia ravaged by hurricanes last year.
KATHMANDU, May 14: Sandeep Lamichhane bowled 8 deliveries to AB, conceding 10 runs including that mistimed six that could easily have fallen in the fielders’ hand any other day. On the other hand, he also delivered 8 deliveries to Kohli while conceding 7 runs. His best came against Patel when he dismissed him LBW. Moeen faced the other two deliveries scoring a run. No extras were delivered. He registered the match figures of 1-25 in four overs defending 181 for Daredevils whilst delivering 16 of his 24 deliveries to two of the best batsmen of T20 cricket in the world.
DHANGADHI, April 16: It was a fitting end to a tournament that exemplified the rise of the far-western part of Nepal in cricket. Team Chauraha Dhangadhi successfully defended its title and became two-time champions, defeating Kathmandu Goldens by 21 runs in the second edition of the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL), which concluded Friday.
DHANGADHI, April 10: With the completion of the league phase, the top four teams -- Kathmandu Goldens, Team Chauraha Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar United and CYC Attariya -- have booked their places in the playoffs of the ongoing second Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL).
DHANGADHI, April 8: The United Arab Emirates skipper Rohan Mustafa is in Dhangadhi, Nepal representing home team Team Chauraha Dhangadhi under the captaincy of Sompal Kami. It won a nail-biter eight-over per side match against Rupandehi Challengers by three runs to secure its place in the playoffs of the second season of the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL).
DHANGADHI, April 7: For the last eight years, Dhangadhi has been continuously in the limelight at least once in a year as all forms of media -- be it newspaper, television, radio and online – would extensively cover an event in Dhangadhi. The community in the far-western town that started convening local cricket tournaments has now been able to organize the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL), a tournament with international recognition.
DHANGADHI, March 31: As all the six teams of the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) complete final preparations, the cricket championship with the biggest cash prize in the country is set to kick off on Saturday at the Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground.
KATHMANDU, March 26: Former and current cricket players have strongly urged the suspended cricket governing body Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) to resolve the current crisis in cricket administration as soon as possible to take full advantage of the One-Day International status.
KATHMANDU, March 25: Six emerging players- Bijay Rana, Subodh Ayer, Narayan Joshi, Sagar Bhandari, Bikram Thagunna and Prakash Jaishi- are set to represent their respective franchises in the second edition of the upcoming Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) starting from March 31 at the Dhangadhi’s Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground.
KATHMANDU, March 23: Nepal secured the historic One-Day International (ODI) status defeating Papua New Guinea in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Rohit Paudel, one of the heroes of Nepal’s milestone achievement, was playing his second tournament for Nepal. Republica’s Rajan Shah talked to Rohit Paudel asking his experience in his journey to ODI status.
KATHMANDU, March 19: Nepal earned the elusive One-Day International (ODI) status after finishing eighth in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 played at Zimbabwe. This is the first time Nepal is recognized as ODI nation since their inception in International Cricket Council (ICC) as Associate Nation in 1996.
KATHMANDU, Mar 16: Dipendra Singh Airee picked up four wickets and scored an unbeaten half-century to lead Nepal to a famous six-wicket win against Papua New Guinea in an ICC Cricket World Cup playoff match at the Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe to seal the ODI berth, Thursday.
KATHMANDU, March 10: Nepal faces Afghanistan in Group B encounter of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 at Bulawayo Athletic Club, Zimbabwe on Saturday. Both teams are yet to earn a point in the ongoing qualification with Afghanistan’s hopes to reach Super Sixes blurred after their third loss against Hong Kong on Thursday. Nepal can make it to the Super Sixes if the team beat Afghanistan on Saturday and Hong Kong on Monday.