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Lamichhane Creates History, Knocks Over Jaker Ali To Near Rashid Khan For 'THIS' Record

Sandeep Lamichhane during a training session for Nepal (AP)Sandeep Lamichhane during a training session for Nepal (AP)

Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane attained a significant landmark on his return to international cricket. Representing his nation at the 2024 T20 World Cup against Bangladesh at St Vincent, the cricketer knocked over Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Jaker Ali in quick succession to maintain pressure on the opposition’s batting line-up.

Moreover, Sandeep’s two-wicket burst also helped him scale 100 T20I scalps, achieving the same in record time to near legendary Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan and by surpassing Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga

Sandeep Lamichhane scales historic landmark on comeback

Sandeep Lamichhane, who made his return to international cricket through the ongoing 2024 T20 World Cup in West Indies for Nepal, went wicketless in his first appearance of the tournament against South Africa last week.

However, the 23-year-old came up clutch against Bangladesh in Nepal’s final Group D match of the competition, picking up two wickets in quick succession including that of well-set batter Jaker Ali. Remarkably, Jaker Ali’s dismissal also marked the 100th T20I wicket of Lamichhane’s career, who achieved the landmark figure in just 54 matches.

In doing so, the Nepal leg-spinner soared past Sri Lankan spin wizard Wanindu Hasaranga (63 matches) and inched closer to Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan (53 matches) to become the second-quickest in T20Is to complete 100 wickets.

Sandeep Lamichhane’s spell of 2-17, coupled with timely breakthroughs from Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee and captain Rohit Paudel helped Nepal fold up Bangladesh’s entire line-up for just 106 in 19.3 overs.

Lamichhane’s T20I tally now stands at 100 wickets from just 54 matches at an impressive average of 12.68. Moreover, the cricketer holds an economy rate of just 6.22 in the high-octane format.