Nepal’s leg-spin experience Sandeep Lamichhane has joined the Delhi Capitals training just simply a day after he landed in New Delhi to begin his second season in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The world’s most beneficial Twenty20 tournament starts from Saturday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings dealing with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Capitals start their campaigns a day later playing away to Mumbai Indians. The 18-year old reached New Delhi on Tuesday and joined the Capitals sports team for a practice match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium—the home ground for the Delhi franchise. As Lamichhane reached Kotla with his team at 5:00 PM from ITC Hotel in Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave, Capitals trainer and Australian World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting was getting ready for the practice match with fielding coach Mohammad Kaif.
Wednesday’s practice session lasted for almost six hours which includes a practice match where Lamichhane bowled four overs and took a wicket conceding 35 runs. Ponting and Kaif were both seen instructing Lamichhane during the training session. “I am very excited. Now we have a powerful squad this current year and I most certainly will give my 100 percent to help Capitals win,” Lamichhane claimed. Lamichhane featured in only the last three matches for Capitals—then named Delhi Daredevils—picking up five wickets. The leggie had managed to make a good impression on everybody in his debut and then went on to play six more franchise leagues throughout the world including the Australian Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League.
On the back of mouth-watering performances in those leagues, Lamichhane will likely be anticipated to be seen in Capitals’ playing XI more frequently this current year. The International Cricket Council has also listed him among the eight potential stars to sign this season in the IPL. His teammate and Indian batting star Shikhar Dhawan , who is actually back with the franchise after 10 years, was all compliments of Lamichhane. “He is a talented boy and I’ve seen him getting matured with each passing day,” claimed Dhawan. Dhawan played for Sunrisers Hyderabad after quitting Capitals but the franchise strengthened their batting by bringing back the opener for a price of INR 64 million.
With the recruitment of fast bowler Ishant Sharma, Kaif as fielding coach and Indian legend Saurav Ganguly as advisor and West Indian Samuel Badree as bowling coach, Capitals have recommended that they have a point to prove this season. On Thursday, the Capitals team left for Mumbai to compete against the Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.