Sandeep Lamichhane was on the bench for the entire IPL 2020 season.
The IPL 2021 mini-auction is scheduled to take place on February 18, 2021 at Chennai. All the teams announced their list of selected and released players ahead of the auction. RCB and SRH published the most and the fewest players respectively. Even other teams have released and retained different varieties of players depending on their game plan.
With the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith released by their respective teams, we’ve got quite a few great foreign players to grab hold of. But an underrated name among the giants is young Nepalese spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane. Lamichhane made his IPL debut with the Delhi franchise in 2018 and was with the team for 3 seasons before being released by them this year.
Sandeep played 9 IPL games, winning 13 wickets with a decent saving of 8.34. He impressed on the big stage from the start, but has been in and out of the squad since. With the IPL 2020 taking place in the United Arab Emirates, the conditions and the already strong and experienced attack from Delhi including R. Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Axar Patel forced him to stay away the entire season. All of these three spinners are retained by Delhi this time as well, probably why Lamichhane is released by them. But with the 2021 IPL set to take place in India, Lamichhane can provide a great spin option at a very reasonable auction price.
IPL 2021 auction: 3 teams who can choose Sandeep Lamichhane
1. Bombay Indians
The defending champions had played throughout the 2020 IPL with 3 pacers in the 11th. The IPL taking place in India could force them to change their game plan. They released their entire rhythm drums abroad which included Mitchell McCleneghan, Nathan CoulterNile, James Pattinson and Lasith Malinga. Other outputs combined, they have a total of 7 empty locations including 4 abroad.
Other than Rahul Chahar, MI doesn’t appear to have any other recognized frontline spinner. Besides looking for a save for Trent Boult, MI can focus on the spinners. Sandeep Lamichhane might turn out to be the perfect choice for them. A few seasons ago, Mumbai tried out Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dhananjaya, but he couldn’t impress much. The case could be different this time with Lamichhane.
These days, wrist tops are no longer a luxury but rather a necessity in a T20 bowling attack. The more, the better. Thus, with the rhythm duo Bumrah and Boult, a spinning duo of Rahul Chahar and Sandeep Lamichhane will further strengthen the already formidable bowling attack of Indians of Mumbai.