Indian speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti is one star from the domestic circuit that the world has waited to see in IPL for a long time. However, on the last two occasions, Kamlesh Nagarkoti missed being part since he was injured. With Nagarkoti all set to play in this year’s edition for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he looks forward to learning from Australian star Pat Cummins the knack of handling injuries.
Pat Cummins’ story has indeed remained an inspirational and a blueprint for young pacers, who struggle with injuries frequently. Cummins made his Test debut in 2011 but did not play another until 2017, mainly due to his back injuries. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old returned to the fold six years later and in early 2019, toppled Kagiso Radaba as the number one Test bowler. He still remains at the top.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti revealed that it was Rahul Dravid, who regularly gave Pat Cummins’ example and how he turned his career around from injuries to become the number one bowler. Dravid pointed out that one must forget the past; however, they must learn from them to craft a better future. The young pacer also learnt that injuries never prevent anyone from being as good as before.
“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.
Of course, he had injuries for a long time: Kamlesh Nagarkoti
The 20-year-old said that he is keen to learn from the Australian bowler how he kept himself motivated during the 3-4 years he missed cricket and preparing for a comeback. Cummins also became the most expensive recruit in this year’s auction as KKR secured his services for a jaw-dropping INR 15.5 crores.
“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,” Nagarkoti added.