Leg spinner Lamichhane continues to hog the limelight

Jun 20, 2019-

Youth cricket sensation Sandeep Lamichhane can be called the only Nepali player who remained in the limelight throughout a couple of years. The new poster boy of Nepali cricket is the ambassador of Nepali sports. He is a perfect example who has proven that dreaming big and fulfilling it is possible.

Lamichhane’s dedication towards the game has been the most important aspect of the teen prodigy. When Lamichhane was unknown for many in the cricket fraternity, the only worry for him was how to get into the national team. That thirst gives a clear picture of how ambitious he has been.

Starting his journey from the Chitwan District Cricket Association Training Centre in Campachaur, Lamichhane’s career in the last two years has only known how to elevate. He has featured in almost all renowned franchise cricket league at the global stage, earning him name, fame and money.

Lamichhane today has also become the toast of media of all the countries where cricket is popular. Social media has become a tool to measure one’s popularity and if his popularity is to be measured on the basis of following, Lamichhane is among the few Nepali athletes with the highest number of followers. He has 256,000 followers on Facebook, 131,000 in Instagram and 149,000 on Twitter.

The popularity gained in the past Nepali calendar year has made Lamichhane one of the five nominees of the People’s Choice Award under the Pulsar Sports Award. Bodybuilder Maheshwor Maharjan, footballer Sabitra Bhandari, shuttler Prince Dahal and spiker Reshma Bhandari are other nominees of the category. The winners will be decided through SMS voting, Facebook likes and points given by head coaches of the national sports associations and members of the Nepal Sports Journalists Forum, the award organisers and umbrella organisation of Nepali sports journalists.

After his nomination in the category, Lamichhane said: “I have been nominated in the award for the third time and I thank everyone who helped me to get this far.” He tweeted: “I am not sure if I could win this award or not. I thank everyone for love and support.”

Retaining a place in the Delhi Daredevils squad was Lamichhane’s most remarkable achievement last year. He also played in the Australian Big Bash and Caribbean Premier League of West Indies, Pakistani Super League and Bangladesh Premier League.

He was also one of the key players of the Nepali squad that won their maiden One-Day and Twenty20 International series—against the UAE—in January and February. He was the highest wicket taker of the ICC World Twenty20 Asia Regional Qualifier with 24 scalps. He is among one of the very few cricketers to claim 50 Twenty20 wickets in a single season.

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Published: 20-06-2019 10:15

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