If Under-19 cricket is considered as the breeding ground of future international stars, then it is safe to say that India’s Kamlesh Nagarkoti is on his way to stardom.
The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Brian Lara, Graeme Smith, Kane Williamson are some of the big names who emerged from the u-19 level and achieved unparalleled success at the highest stage of the game. Well, Nagarkoti is looking destined to follow in the same footsteps as the 18-year old pace sensation is making waves in the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
The buildup to the tournament was dominated by talks regarding the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill, but Nagarkoti stole all the limelight in the first game against Australia with his tearaway bowling.
In his very first over, Nagarkoti raked up the speed of more than 140 km throughout. On the fifth delivery of his first over, he clocked a massive 146 kmph. For a country which is not very well known for producing extreme pacers, the first game witnessed some promising bowling. Nagarkoti was not the only one who crossed the 140 kmph barrier as Shivam Mavi too reached the mark.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time Nagarkoti has grabbed the headlines for his exploits on the cricket field. Last year, he took the first-ever hat-trick for Rajasthan in List A cricket, in the Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Gujarat in only his second List A game.
Prior to that, he had starred for India during the Youth Test series in England, taking 14 wickets at 15.14 and an impressive strike rate of 26.7 in two games. In the first game, he had taken a match-haul of 10 for 112 before picking up 4 for 100 in the following one as India won both four-day games.