Sandeep is not bad 'Delhi did not believe Sandeep'
Sandeep became gameless for the first time in the International Franchise League. Has the performance of Sandeep, who has played in Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket for two consecutive seasons, deteriorated or the team did not believe him?
|file photo:Sandeep Lamichhane|
So far, Nepal has three players playing in the international franchise league - Sandeep Lamichhane, former captain Paras Khadka and Sompal Kami. Sompal Kami played in the Global T20 Canada League from Winnipeg Hawks. Former captain Paras played for the Abu Dhabi T-10 League team in the UAE last season. But Sandeep Lamichhane is one such player who has entered the International Franchise League since 2018. After that, he gained fame by playing in all the franchise leagues of the world.
The players continued to play but Sandeep remained on the bench. What else happens when a player has to sit on a bench? Among the franchise leagues so far, Zhao Sandeep must have been in the IPL. But he is not in a position to say.
If you look at the arguments of international cricket analysts before the start of the IPL, Sandeep was highly praised. But most of the games in the Delhi team were played by Kagiso Rabada, Enrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis and Simran Hitmeyer from the four quotas of foreigners. Also, three games were played by Daniel Sams and all three games were played by Alex Carey.
Was Sandeep really weaker than others?
Nepali spectators and Sandeep's fans were very excited to see him play in the IPL. When the Delhi game came, Sandeep's fans were always disappointed to see if Sandeep was there at the beginning.
It is not that Sandeep, who is always playing, is not upset while sitting on the bench. It's not that Sandeep didn't say it on social media. Even after tweeting something. Before the second qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs, Sandeep tweeted. That Sandeep's tweet was very meaningful. "We can't think much of what we can't control," he tweeted.
Sandeep is one of the best bowlers in the Delhi team. Especially after Amit Mishra was injured and left the IPL, Sandeep was expected to play. But for Sandeep, it was not a day in the IPL. Delhi has not given a chance to Sandeep. Of course, Sandeep was not a new face for Delhi. Sandeep, who has played for two consecutive seasons, knew the game well. Were influential players. But Delhi did not trust Sandeep even once.
Some of Delhi's decisions have been proven wrong. If Sandeep had been given a chance, he would have done justice. In the match against Kings XI Punjab, Delhi played Daniel Sams. In that game, Daniel bowled four overs and scored 30 runs. Delhi lost by five wickets. Against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Daniel bowled four overs and scored 40 runs. In the qualifier against Mumbai, Delhi lost by 57 runs while Daniel Sams scored 44 runs in four overs. Daniel remained wicketless for three consecutive games and spent many runs.
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Delhi could have played Sandeep in Daniel's place. But did not play. There were two fast bowlers in Delhi's playing set and Marcus Stoinis was also bowling the entire over. In such a situation, fast bowler Delhi did not need to play. If he had played Sandeep, he would have got better result than Daniel. The performance of the last two editions of the IPL said the same. In the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Sandeep had an excellent performance.
Despite his ability to perform well, Delhi did not trust Sandeep. Sandeep is not a weak and incompetent player. Similarly, Enrich Nortje was the highest run scorer among Delhi bowlers. He could have played Sandeep in his place. Australian coach Ricky Ponting is not without three spinners. Enrich could have replaced Nortje with India's fastest bowler.
Former Nepal captain and Sandeep's coach Raju Khadka had earlier said that he would give priority to players from Test-recognized nations over associate nations. In a way, his statement has proved to be true.
When the then Delhi Daredevils signed Sandeep for Rs 2 million from the action in 2018, he took 5 wickets in 3 matches in his debut IPL that season. In the 2019 edition, Sandeep took 8 wickets in 6 games. Given Sandeep's performance in the last two editions and then Sandeep's purity, Delhi should have given him a chance. But Delhi did not recognize Sandeep's talent.