Talent is intrinsic. It is a naturally designed ingredient that are available within each one of us. The important part of the job is to recognize what’s your and the most genius is the one who could realize what exactly is talent within you. Hence, this combo creates such a massive impact that no one could resist themselves after seeing you after all your hard works on the top level. Thus, many of them become your fan. Today the illustrator of my brain along with the tip of my pen wants to write about the story of a fairy tale ride of a talent who always dreamt to perform at the highest level. Son of an Indian railway staff, a Chitwan residential talent and a gift of Raju Khadka to the Cricket era of Nepal who has taken the art of leg spin googly to the next level with his exceptional skills. Sandeep Lamichhane as “Sandy” as the skipper Paras Khadka loves to call this young lad.
Don’t hold back & just take it easy before we present you series of stat that helps to prove a point until the end of this writing that luck is just an equivalent part of hard work. After the ex-coach of Nepal Pubudu Dassanayke blessed him with his hand on the young talent’s head, his swift journey began.
It all started with a super league, a tournament to prove the skill that was already recognized by Pubudu. Sandeep didn’t prove him wrong as his first outing yield 4 wickets haul playing under Mr. dependable Sharad Vaeswakar. This marked his entry to the biggest global tournament for any cricketer of any age group, the World cup where this masterstroke Spinner ended up being the 2nd highest wicket-taker after he picked a total of 14 scalps in his 1st global outing.
Little did the world knew about Sandeep before the tournament but a single over against Pakistan in that tournament made him a household name in which he sharply spun and bounced a ball that was pitched on the middle stump, left the batsmen by surprise, thus changing the fate of young cricketer. Seeing that over, even Icc couldn’t resist in their tweet quoting him as Has Nepal found another Shane Warne? comparing him to the Picasso of the leg spin that world has ever seen.
After that tweet, a series of success began as he was selected in the senior squad to play against Namibia in the WCLC match that was held in the backyard. After that, he cemented his place in the Hongkong T20 blitz where he played alongside former World Cup winning captain of Australia Michael Clarke. To everyone’s surprise, Michael Clarke himself invited him to his academy and even welcomed himself in the airport with all great gesture that was the first instance for any associate cricketer in recent times.
All the exposures, headlines as well as uplifting helped Sandeep to improve as he showed in the recently held Acc U-19 Eastern Region 2017 where he picked up 16 out of 50 wickets taken by Nepal in the tournament. This was 32% of the total wicket taken by Sandy that led Nepal to lift the trophy in the tournament as winners.
At this young age of 17, this improved talent has seen all the rise from domestic to International exposure.
The burden of captaincy was removed recently as that could impact the match-winning performances of this little champion. One thing is clear as a blue sky of autumn, if Nepal continues to perform at the highest level with Sandeep having part on most of them, the day is not far that every local kids in their backyard of Syanga, Chitwan, Birgunj, Biratnagar, Chadragadhi as well as Butwal will find themselves in the list of big names in the biggest global tournaments like BBL, IPL, CPL, BPL alongside the best players in world cricket where knowledge comes with wealth that would make cricket more stable as a top sport in the country. For all of us that would be a day when each one of us would say Luck is just a part of hard work.