Ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders youngster Kamlesh Nagarkoti has said he wants to be the fastest bowler in India. The right-arm pacer is gearing up to make his IPL debut this year. He was bought by the Kolkata-based outfit in 2018 after he starred in India’s triumphant campaign during the ICC U19 World Cup that year.
The 20-year old had impressed one and all by consistently bowling above the 140 kmph mark. And while the entire nation was waiting eagerly to see him in action against the big names in IPL, he was unfortunately sidelined with an injury. The youngster went on to miss the entire 2018 season and then missed the tournament in 2019 too due to the same reason.
Fully fit now, Kamlesh Nagarkoti is aiming big now. He is motiviated and is also determined to take his game up a notch by making the requisite changes in his daily workout and fitness routine.
“Yes, I want to become India’s fastest bowler because I know it is difficult to reach those heights so if you are regularly working on it and if it is your dream then you have to work hard that way. You need to work on your routine. So I am working hard and yes I want to become India’s fastest bowler,” Kamlesh Nagarkoti told kkr.in.
The youngster also revealed how former India captain and his former U19 head coach Rahul Dravid helped him remain motivated while he was going through the injury hell. Dravid asked the highly-rated pacer to take cue from Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins. Cummins made his Test debut as an 18-year old in 2011 but played his second Test in 2017 as he remained on the sideline due to persistent injuries. He is currently the world number one Test bowler in the world.
“Dravid sir came to me and told me,’I understand how you are feeling but please take things positively. Pat Cummins did not play for 3-4 years either, but look now he is the best bowler in the world. So always stay positive and think about what you can do in your life. So always learn from your mistakes and make a strong comeback,'” Kamlesh Nagarkoti said.
IPL 2020 is scheduled to begin from September 19th in the UAE and will be played across three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.