Sandeep Lamichhane is probably the biggest celebrity in Nepali Sports. The beginning of IPL has intensified the ongoing discussions about Sandeep, the only Nepali player in the IPL. He has been playing for Delhi Capitals for 3 years.
However in the 2020 edition, Sandeep has not been able to break into the team in a single game.
Delhi has played 7 games this season and has added 10 points to its name. It remains in the 2nd position in the league behind only Mumbai by run rate.
Why Sandeep is not in the team?
1. Lots of options in Bowling
Delhi has a good squad with good bowlers. It also has good and experienced players in spin as well.Sandeep had to compete with right-arm leg-spinner Amit Mishra from the first season. Delhi added Left-handed orthodox Patel along with Mishra in the second season.
Another experienced right-arm off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been added in the ongoing season in Delhi.
2. Quota of foreign players
According to IPL rules, only four foreign players can play in a game. That is why it is difficult for Sandeep to make a place in the team. Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis have been instrumental in Delhi’s winning streak.
South Africa’s fast bowler Rabada is the highest wicket-taker in the IPL. Left-arm fast bowler Rabada has taken 17 wickets in seven games. Australian all-rounder Stoinis has scored 175 runs in seven games and taken six wickets. He is the fifth highest run scorer from Delhi.
Along with Rabada and Stoinis, West Indies’ Shimron Hetmeyer and South Africa’s Anrich Nortje have been impressive. Nortje has also taken eight wickets. Hetmeyer has scored 91 runs.
Since Sandeep also falls in the foreign quota, if he is included in the team, another foreign player will have to be removed. That is why it is difficult for Sandeep to be in the Delhi team.
Delhi has been playing exceptionally well this season and foreign players have been instrumental to Delhi’s success.
Looking at the way foreign players are performing this season, it will be interesting to watch in the next few games if Sandeep will be provided a chance to prove his worth.
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