Kamlesh Nagarkoti, the 18-years old right-arm fast bowler, grabbed the attention through a consistent 140+ kmph bowling in the 2018 U-19 Cricket World Cup. Being the joint second most wicket-taker (9 wickets) for India in that tournament, Nagarkoti had an important impact on securing his nation to clinch the most prestigious youth cricket trophy.
Along with the serious speed, Kamlesh Nagarkoti has also the ability to put the balls into the right line and length, which makes him more dangerous on the pitch.
The Rajasthan pacer in now going to MRF Pace Foundation, a Chennai based coaching clinic for training fast bowlers from all over the world, to learn different bowling variations. Former Australian legendary pacer Glenn McGrath is the present director of this foundation.
According to Sportstarlive report, Nagarkoti said, “MRF is a good place to learn. I am going there for the second time and I am eager to learn the nuances of different bowling variations – like the slower ball, the yorkers etc.
“This would be my second visit to MRF. I went there in 2017 and unfortunately, I suffered a groin injury then. So my time with McGrath and other coaches was limited to gym workouts, training and rehabilitation along with sessions on medium pace, the way we grip the ball etc. I am looking forward to my visit, later this month.”
Nagarkoti was surprised to clock 145+ kmph during the U-19 Cricket World Cup. He stated on that occasion, “We play in matches where there are no speed guns. I knew I breached the 143 kmph mark in England when we played there but bowling at those speeds in the U-19 World Cup was a surprise.”
The Rajasthan pacer also spoke about his preparation method. He pointed out on backing individual skills which he thinks a key for any bowler. He said, “As medium pacers, we have to do that. A lot of effort also goes into training and in the diet. We have to make sure we know what is good and what works for our bodies.”
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Through his consistent bowling in the U-19 Cricket WC, Nagarkoti successfully bagged an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract. In the 2018 IPL Auction, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bought him for INR 3.2 crores.
Nagarkoti is taking the upcoming IPL season as a learning opportunity. He said, “I am only thinking about the learning prospects the IPL is offering. It would be great to learn and understand how to bowl to a batsman like (Chris) Gayle.”