As he once again impressed with his bowling and athleticism playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday night, the world was yet again reminded of the talent that became almost anonymous after the World Cup outing.
Having completely recovered from the long-standing back injury, the right-arm bowler took two wickets and a couple of stunning catches joining other youngsters in the team to help cruise KKR to 37-run victory. It was his second game of the season and the tournament.
What everyone sees today is a result of the support system of which former India captain Rahul Dravid was an important part, and came to Nagarkoti’s rescue while he was struggling to come to terms with life while treading the long road to recovery.
IPL 2020, Match 12: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
India’s 2018 Under-19 World Cup-winning pace duo of Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti led a clinical bowling display to help Kolkata Knight Riders register a comprehensive 37-run win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match on Wednesday. (BCCI/IPL/ANI Photo)
“It was Rahul Dravid who asked the BCCI to send Kamlesh to the UK for treatment. Moreover, every time they met while he was recuperating, Dravid used to motivate him, explaining how injuries are a part of a sportspersons’ life and one must learn from that experience and come out stronger,” said the 20-year-old fast bowler’s coach Surendra Rathore. Dravid who is currently the head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) was the coach of the Under-19 team that won the World Cup.
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Not only India’s batting legend, but the IPL franchise KKR too showed faith in the young knight from Jaipur by retaining him in the team despite his unavailability due to the injury.
The Kolkata-based team had shelled out 3.2 crore on Nagarkoti in 2018, but made his IPL debut this season against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 26.
After completing his rehab and during the lockdown period, Nagarkoti worked extensively on his food position and batting. “There were no major changes I suggested to him in his bowling. His action was getting a bit misaligned so we got that corrected. His landing foot was slightly across and his non-bowling arm was coming from inside. We worked on those. On alternate days he used to work on his batting as well where I used to set a target for him and gave throwdowns,” Nagarkoti’s coach said.