Former India U-19 pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti has made his long-awaited comeback to cricket as the right-arm pacer has been named in India U-23 squad for Emerging Asia Cup 2019 that will be played in Bangladesh. The right-arm pacer was tipped to be the next big thing after he clicked a speed of 140 KPH during junior World Cup last year.
After the tournament, he played two games for Rajasthan in Vijay Hazare Trophy but a spate of injuries saw him spend a long time at National Cricket Academy, where he underwent rehabilitation for back, heel and ankle.
Nagarkoti was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2018 for Rs 3.2 Crore but was ruled out of the tournament. He also missed IPL 2019 but is expected to be retained again as he has made his comeback to the game.
His workload will now be properly managed as he has been tipped to be the future of Indian cricket.
BR Sharath will be leading the U-23 squad that includes Arshdeep Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Aryan Juyal and others.
Arshdeep and Aryan were part of victorious India U-19 team that won the tournament in 2018 while Armaan was a member of the team in 2016 World Cup. Arsheep has also been part of Kings XI Punjab in IPL and made his debut this season; claiming three wickets in as many matches.
India U-23 recently hosted Bangladesh U-23 to prepare for the tournament. The Priyam Garg-led side won the five-match series 3-1. The first one-day was a washed-out affair.