Kamlesh Nagarkoti, the improving and upcoming Indian pacer is looking forward to participating in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise signed him in the IPL auction in 2018, but the youngster has not made his IPL debut till date because of persistent injury issues on both occasions between 2018 and 2019.
The KKR team management has backed the 20-year-old Nagarkoti, who hails from Barmer in Rajasthan by retaining him since 2018. He has landed in the UAE ahead of IPL 2020 and revealed in a recent interview with his franchise how their backroom staff member Abhishek Nayar helped him during his practice sessions in Mumbai.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti Excited And Eager To Play IPL 2020 For KKR
Kamlesh Nagarkoti came into focus with his pace bowling in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018. He formed a terrific partnership with Shivam Mavi, as the two rising stars helped India win the tourney in New Zealand.
The duo picked up 9 wickets each in 6 matches. The list was headed by India’s spinner Anukul Roy with 14 wickets. The bowling average of the trio was less than 20.
KKR signed both players in the 2018 auction. While Shivam Mavi has played nine matches where he has picked up 5 wickets in the IPL, Kamlesh Nagarkoti is yet to feature for KKR and wear the KKR jersey.
He is fully fit this season, and when asked about his eagerness to play in IPL 2020, he replied: “I’m very excited as I’ve waited two years for this moment.
“Finally, I have the opportunity to play. So I’m very excited. I was practicing in Mumbai and speaking regularly with Abhishek bhaiya on how I should prepare mentally after the injury. He has already made me understand some things, and I always pay attention to what he says.”
Kamlesh Nagarkoti mentioned that he was eagerly looking forward to an opportunity to bowl for the Kolkata Knight Riders in future. His teammate Shivam Mavi spoke about his back injury, which did not allow him to play cricket for almost 1 year. He too said that he has recovered now and was excited to participate in IPL 2020.
KKR Pace Battery To Be Spearheaded By Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson After Harry Gurney Suffers An Injury And Is Ruled Out Of IPL 2020
KKR pace attack will be spearheaded by Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson. Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna and all-rounder Andre Russell will be the other pace options instead of Harry Gurney who will miss IPL after sustaining an injury.
KKR will be led by Dinesh Karthik and boosts of experienced international stars like Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan being a few. The presence of Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine will be an added advantage and batsmen like Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana will strengthen batting prowess.