The young leg-spinner from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane created history, as he became the first Nepalese cricketer to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday night.
Lamichhane, meanwhile, had a good debut for Delhi Daredevils (DD) returning for one for 25. Although Delhi lost the game, Lamichhane admitted he is happy with the performance.
Talking to his mentor, Michael Clarke, the leg-spinner admitted it is a huge moment for him sharing the dressing with such international stars. However, he looked confident enough and realized he would look to get better from here.
“Obviously, it doesn’t matter if your team is not winning and you are performing well. But still happy getting to the board of the Delhi Daredevils team and looking forward to give my best again,” he said.
Talking about his experiences here, Lamichahne admitted everybody here is very good. He also mentioned about coach Ricky Ponting, who was instrumental in Delhi roping the young spinner.
The 17-year old also said he received a lot of messages from fans and family and everybody is proud of him home.
“I was training hard and fortunately got a game today. Everybody has been exceptional especially coach Ricky Ponting. He is a good coach and I have learnt a lot from him,” he added.
In conclusion, Lamichhane added he needs to be humble and keep focusing on the game. Further, he mentioned he has a lot more to achieve.
Delhi’ losing run continues
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kept their hopes alive of qualifying for the playoffs in this eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as they beat Delhi by five wickets – to claim two crucial points under their belt.
Meanwhile, Bangalore looked determined, as their big guns performed when the team needed the most.
Virat Kohli (70) and AB de Villiers (72*) stitched a 118-run partnership for the third-wicket – to take their team closer to the victory. Moreover, some useful contribution, in the end, ensured Bangalore to keep their hopes alive.
Previously, Delhi once again banked on Rishabh Pant’s blistering knock to post 181 runs on the board.
Debutant Abhishek Sharma (46*) hammered the bowlers to help Delhi post a challenging total. As a result, RCB has now four wins from 11 games and will have to win their remaining games to give themselves a chance of qualifying.