IPL 2018
IPL 2018: Foot Injury Rules Out Kamlesh Nagarkoti
By CricShots - Apr 14, 2018 8:51 am
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Ahead of their third game on Saturday, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) received another injury blow early into their IPL 2018 campaign, as the young pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti, has been ruled out of the ongoing season of the IPL. He will now be replaced by Karnataka speedster Prasidh Krishna.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Asper the reports of Cricbuzz, Nagarkoti suffered the injury even before the start of the tournament and KKR had roped in Prasidh as a backup option and even played him in the two practice matches where he fared well.

Nagarkoti’s replacement, Prasidh, made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2015, picking up a five-fer against the touring Bangladesh A team in Mysore. While that remains his only first-class fixture for the Karnataka, the right-arm pacer has gone on to feature in 19 List A games, picking up 33 wickets. He was recently a part of state’s campaign in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Unlike Nagarkoti, Prasidh isn’t an outright pace but his tall frame and ability to hit the deck hard makes him an impact bowler.

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KKR, who invested heavily in buying the services of the 19-year-old in this year’s mega-auction by investing a whopping price of INR 3.2 crore, become even thinner with their bowling resources. The franchise is already missing the services of Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out with a tibial bone stress, and their other lead pacer, Mitchell Johnson, had to sit out of their last game against CSK, with a slight niggle. All these injury concerns against the backdrop of their demoralizing loss against Chennai after R Vinay Kumar’s fateful 17-run final over has now snowballed into a major headache for the two-time champions.

The injury-hit franchise will hope to steer past further injuries and hope the young pace bowlers in Tom Curran and Shivam Mavi — Nagarkot’s World Cup batchmate — step up to the role.