After getting blessed with a big opportunity in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Melbourne Stars, Sandeep Lamichhane says that he relished that his dream finally became a reality.
The Nepal leg-spinner has since played for Sylhet Sixers in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) but self-admittedly got his second big ticket to fame after the IPL, only in Australia.
"Until I went to Australia, I had only played in Asian and English conditions. What remained was playing in Australia," the 18-year-old told Cricbuzz, "There was only one way that I could have played there and that was the Big Bash. I wanted to make my parents proud, everyone in Nepal proud, myself proud. I once dreamed it and now I'm living it."
"Playing in different leagues helps you grow as a cricketer. Playing in Australia is different than playing in any other country. You have to be very careful regarding the wickets."
"The batsmen will try to hit a six off each of your delivery. And in Asian conditions, it's much more comfortable for the bowler because the ball turns. In Australia, you don't get that advantage."
He also talked about his experience with Delhi Daredevils(now, Delhi Capitals) during the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL) when he bowled at an economy rate of 6.83 across his three matches and picked up five wickets.
"Yes, very fortunate to be over there because of the lovely people all around. It was a great tournament. Never played any T20 tournament [of that stature] before that, never played in single T20 match before that. It was a proud moment for me, for Nepal," Lamichhane further said.
"It was like a guy from Nepal making his country proud, going outside and playing on the big stage like IPL. And I got my chance in the last three games and performed well over there. It was tremendous."