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Michael Clarke has had the biggest influence on me as a cricketer: Sandeep Lamichhane

Clarke took it Twitter and wrote that, “I did nothing mate apart from smile every time I watched him bowl.”

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Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has had the biggest influence on me as a cricketer, says Sandeep Lamichhane, who wrote history by becoming first player from Nepal to get an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract. However, Clarke, in all humbleness, said that he did nothing but smile everytime he watched the 17-year-old bowl.

Talking to Press Trust of India, Sandeep said, “Michael Clarke has had the biggest influence on me as a cricketer. From the time, he saw me bowling at the Hong Kong Sixes, he kept an eye on me. He is a kind man, a humble soul, who has helped me grow as a cricketer and a person.”

Responding to Lamichhane claims, Clarke took it micro-blogging site, Twitter and wrote that, “I did nothing mate apart from smile every time I watched him bowl.”

Sandeep was bought by Delhi Daredevils at the IPL auction that got over on 28th January in Bangalore for Rs 20 lakh.

Meanwhile, the Nepalese cricketer explained his experience while playing under Clarke and said talking with Aussie player had a relaxing effect on him.

“Speaking to him helped me relax. It was a lifetime experience to have played under him for Western Suburbs Cricket Club in Sydney grade league. That has been a huge gain for a young player like me,” he said.

“I always had a good leg-break but I have now developed an effective googly working hard with my Nepal national team coach Raju Khadka,” the teenager sensation of Nepal said, adding, “So when Delhi Daredevils summoned me for trials I was fully confident that their coaches would be impressed with my skills. And in any case, if you don’t have self-confidence, you can’t play the next level that is IPL.”