Former India U19 star Kamlesh Nagarkoti finally made his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday (September 26). After being benched for KKR’s tournament-opener against Mumbai Indians, the youngster got a chance in the playing eleven for the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The right-arm pacer replaced Sandeep Warrier in the playing eleven. Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s debut has come more than two years after he earned his maiden IPL contract.
After starring in the 2018 U19 World Cup, Kamlesh Nagarkoti was ready to take the country by storm in the IPL. However, he missed the entire season in 2018 due to an injury. And as if that was not enough, he missed the entire season last year too. He made a decent start with the ball in IPL 2020 by conceding just 6 runs in his first over.
In his second over, he went for 11 but impressed with his pace as most of his deliveries were clocked at more than 140 kmph.
Warning from Sanjay Manjrekar:
While Kamlesh Nagarkoti will be looking to make an impression in this year’s IPL, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar did not waste any time in firing a warning to the youngster. The former cricketer-turned-commentator warned the injury-prone pacer to get strong in order to stick with his current bowling action.
Sanjay Manjrekar also suggested the pacer to learn from India star Jasprit Bumrah and not use too much of his energy in his run-up, tweeting:
“90 % of effort & explosion to get pace, comes in the last delivery action for Nagarkoti. Which means he must get really strong to sustain this. If he is going to stick with this action he can afford to not expend too much energy in run up…like Bumrah does.”
90 % of effort & explosion to get pace, comes in the last delivery action for Nagarkoti. Which means he must get really strong to sustain this. If he is going to stick with this action he can afford to not expend too much energy in run up…like Bumrah does.#KKRvSRH
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 26, 2020