By Ram Khatry, Canowindra
21 December 2018
As Sandeep Lamichhane debuted into the Desert Storm of Australian Twenty20 cricket league, it was pretty evident Cricket Australia’s digital team was as excited as the Nepali mobs both at the Himalayan foothills and down under.
His first BBL match today in Canberra has already proven cricket.com.au’s excitement was not misplaced after all. The 18-year-old flew like a Cheetah to snare two wickets in a single over – the very first over he bowled at Canberra’s Manuka Oval. Had anyone from Nepal achieved such a feat before?
Some questions arise with too obvious an answer to respond to.
Back to the chat about cricket.com.au’s excitement about Sandy.
“Big night for Sandeep Lamichhane, and all of Nepal,” tweeted the digital team of Cricket Australia at 12:06 am on Friday.
In less than an hour, it tweeted again, as if the team was made up of over-excited pack of die-hard Sandeep fans from Kathmandu. It talked about how the leg-spinner’s fellow countrymen were pinning hopes on the rapidly-rising international star, “Read more about the story of Sandeep Lamichhane and how he’s carrying the whole nation of Nepal on his shoulders.” The tweet was made at 1:04 am.
Cricket Australia has also run an entire article, a beautifully-written piece, on Sandeep Lamichhane on cricket.com.au.
“Still just 18 years old, Lamichhane will create history on Friday when he makes his KFC BBL debut for Melbourne Stars in Canberra and becomes the first player from the rapidly-growing cricketing nation of Nepal to play in the Big Bash,” it reads.
Hemanta Kafle, a Sydney-based Nepali journalist, told southasia.com.au that a good-size crowd of Nepali Australians were present at Manuka to watch Sandy’s magic unfold. “He took a wicket like Shane Watson right in the first over,” he said. The other wicket he took was that of Callum Ferguson.
Sunam Gautam, a Victorian cricketer from Greenvale Kangaroos Cricket Club, said he could not wait for Sandy to play in Melbourne.
Talking about his debut game today between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder, Mr Gautam said it was only his first game and that the Nepal cricketer would only go up from here. “I feel proud of him and his bowling….loved it,” he added.
He reckons Mr Lamichhne could have done lot better had it not rained during today’s game. He thought the teenage star struggled with grip.