After a prolonged gap of two years, Kamlesh Nagarkoti will be again seen clocking at the speed of 140 Kmph for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2020 scheduled to begin from 19th September. He had sustained a stress fracture during the U-19 Asia Cup 2018. Since then, he was under rehab period for over two years. But now, he is fully fit to wear KKR’s jersey and stun the opposition with his pace.
In the recent interaction, Nagarkoti has revealed that he is looking forward to learning from Pat Cummins about his injury management. Indeed, the Aussie pacer Cummins, who has also been in and out of the team because of injuries, is an inspiration for youngsters. He played his first Test in 2011 but to get his next Test series, he had to wait until 2017 because injuries had hampered him. However, Cummins toiled hard ad is now the No. 1 Test bowler.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti recalls the days when he was under rehab and NCA head Rahul Dravid had motivated him by telling the story of Cummin’s injury-prone career.
“I remember I was playing TT one day when Dravid sir was passing by. He stopped for a while and said, “you look sad. I can understand what you are going through but try and take it positively”. Then he referred to Cummins’ absence from cricket for 3-4 years and said, “when he returned to cricket, he ensured he became the No. 1 bowler in the world.
“He insisted that I should forget the past but must learn from the mistakes of the past to have a better future. One more thing I learned from him was not to ever feel that because I was injured, I would never be as good as before,” the Rajasthan pacer told the KKR’s official website.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti reveals what he wants to learn from Pat Cummins:
As KKR has bought Pat Cummins for the upcoming season, the 20-year-old Nagarkoti is eager to meet the experienced player. He wants to know from Cummins how he kept himself motivated and prepared during the break.
“Of course, he had injuries for a long time. So, I would want to ask him what mindset he had had during those 3-4 years, how he kept himself motivated and how he prepared himself for the comeback,” Cummins said.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti is currently in the UAE and has started practice sessions after following the mandatory quarantine period.