CHENNAI: Kamlesh Nagarkoti‘s exploits with the Ball at the recently-concluded U-19 World Cup has caught everyone’s attention. Not only has the 18-year-old impressed with his ability to clock speeds in excess of 140kph consistently, but also maintained tight line and lengths each time he was given the ball. With a U-19 World Cup win under his belt, Nagarkoti is now eyeing a chance to play with the big boys.
Nagarkoti, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.2 crore at the Indian Premier League auctions last month, is excited to be working under Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich. “When I came to know that I will be part of KKR, I was pleased to get an opportunity to with both Kallis and Katich. There is so much to learn from someone like Kallis and the experience of working with him will definitely make me a better cricketer,” Nagarkoti told TOI. Nagarkoti may be rattling the batsmen on the field, but he was a bundle of nerves during the auction day.
“I was extremely nervous and didn’t watch my bidding at all. My roommate Pankaj Yadav informed me about my selection and I couldn’t control my happiness. I am eager to make a mark in the IPL,” he revealed.
Nagarkoti believes bowling alongside the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc at the KKR camp will only sharpen his game. “They both are left-arm bowlers but the way they use the width of the crease to bring the ball in or out of the batsmen is something I can take note of. More importantly, IPL is a platform which will help me learn how international cricketers prepare for a high-pressure situation,” said Nagarkoti.
Among the Indian bowlers, Nagarkoti admires Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohd Shami. “If I get a chance to meet them, I would want to know how they work the batsmen out in different situations. Also, I see them constantly working on their fitness and that’s an aspect of the game I lay a lot of emphasis on,” he said.
If there is one target he has, it is to fine-tune his overall game. “While I would want to retain my ability to bowl fast, it is important to bring in variety to my armoury. I want to work on adding more variations to my bowling,” he said. Despite seeing the highs of success so early in his career, Nagarkoti stays grounded thanks to Rahul Dravid‘s advice. “He would explain to us the importance of staying in the present and constantly working on the game. Dravid sir’s presence in the dressing room was a big plus for our side,” said Nagarkoti.
Source : timesofindia