Nepal’s leg spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane, is on the cusp of matching a significant record currently held by fellow leg spinner Rashid Khan. As Nepal gears up to face Mongolia and Maldives in the forthcoming Asian Games, Lamichhane is just 15 wickets shy of reaching 100 T20 International wickets.
With 85 T20I wickets from 44 matches, Lamichhane has the opportunity to surpass Rashid Khan’s record for the fastest 100 T20 International wickets if he secures the needed 15 wickets in fewer than 9 matches.
Sandeep Lamichhane Chases Rashid Khan’s T20I Record
Rashid Khan set the benchmark by achieving 100 T20 international wickets in a mere 53 matches. This means Lamichhane has a window of 8 matches to claim the record for himself.
It’s been over a year since the Nepali cricket team last participated in a T20I match. Nevertheless, their upcoming matches in the Asian Games present a favorable scenario. They are set to compete against teams that are comparatively new or have yet to assert their dominance in the international arena. With Mongolia making their international cricket debut and Maldives still finding their footing, Lamichhane has a prime chance to secure a significant number of wickets against these teams, moving him closer to the record.
Adding to his list of accolades, Lamichhane recently outpaced Rashid Khan’s record for the fastest to 100 ODI wickets. He achieved this remarkable feat on his home turf at TU Cricket Ground.