Sandeep Lamichhane picks IPL-bound batsman as the toughest to bowl to
- The DC leg-spinner picked IPL-bound KKR batsman Tom Banton as the toughest batsman to bowl to.
- Lamichhane has been at the receiving end of Tom Banton's fury in Australia's Big Bash League.
Speaking in a live Instagram session with IPL team Delhi Capitals, Lamichhane touched on a variety of topics including home quarantine, his cricketing journey, idols while growing up and much more. Unsurprisingly, he revealed Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar as his idols while growing up, but his choice as the toughest batsman to bowl at surprised everyone.
Lamichhane, of Melbourne Stars, has been at the receiving end of Tom Banton's fury in Australia's Big Bash League. In one such instance, Lamichhane leaked as many as 19 runs in an over, with the Brisbane Heat batsman smashing the mystery spinner for 2 fours and a six off consecutive deliveries.
The Nepal international, who played six games and picked up eight wickets in IPL 2019, had this to say when asked to name a batsman he found extremely tough to bowl to:
"I think Tom Banton. He is a new sensation with so many cricketing shots in his book... He smashes not only the spinners but also the fast bowlers."
Tom Banton was roped in by IPL team KKR
Tom Banton was roped in by IPL franchise KKR for a whopping sum of one crore rupees at the IPL auction held in 2019. The Somerset opening batsman's flamboyance and batting style have drawn comparisons with former England captain Kevin Pietersen.
Banton is already considered a hit in the T20 format because of his heroics in the Vitality Blast as well as the BBL. He has won hearts everywhere with his innovative strokeplay, having mastered the art of playing scoops and reverse sweeps.
Banton's biggest moment of fame came when he hit 549 runs at an average of 42.23 and a strike-rate of 161.47 in the 2019 edition of England's top T20 competition.
He enhanced his reputation by smashing the second-fastest fifty in the history of the BBL. That knock in the last edition of Australia's premier T20 competition also included five consecutive sixes in an over.