KKR star Kamlesh Nagarkoti looks to imitate Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami

India U19 pacer and recent Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL signing, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who is now famous for bowling at speed of over 140 KPH, has revealed names from the senior Indian cricket team, who he wants to bowl like. Nagarkoti said that he wanted to mirror India pacers – Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar – and said that when he finds himself in tricky situations, he tries to do what his idols would’ve done.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti tries to copy his Team India idols

India U19 cricket team defeated Australia on the last weekend and won the U19 World Cup trophy for the record-fourth time in U19 World Cup history. As the India U19 team returned to the country after having championed the U19 World Cup tournament in New Zealand, Kamlesh Nagarkoti told the media,

“I keep Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami in mind whenever there is a particularly tricky situation facing me. I try to think how they would have bowled and try and emulate that. I haven’t met them yet, hopefully in the coming days I will get a chance to chat with them.”

Looking forward to Vijay Hazare trophy and IPL

Kamlesh Nagarkoti took 9 wickets at an average of 16.33, to contribute to his U19 India team to win the ICC U19 World Cup for a record fourth time, which took place in New Zealand. In the backdrop of his excellent performance in the ICC tournament, Kamlesh Nagarkoti said that his next aim was to do well in the upcoming Vijay Hazare trophy.

When Kamlesh Nagarkoti will be done with the Vijay Hazare trophy, he will be looking forward to the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). As reported by the Indian Express, Nagarkoti said,

“I am focused now on playing the one-day matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and then the IPL later. I’ll try to do well in both. I will try not to let up on speed, but will try to bowl according to the situation.”

India U19 Shivam Mavi looking forward to IPL too

Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s India U19 partner, Shivam Mavi, is also looking forward to the IPL, as his good stint in the cash-rich Indian T20 league will help him to secure a place in the India A team. Mavi, who also took 9 wickets in the U19 World Cup tournament, said,

“Looking forward to the IPL. It opens up a lot of opportunities. It’s a good platform to showcase our talent and make a case for India A or other senior domestic tournaments.”

“In the IPL I would like to focus on line and length rather than speed. There even if you bowl over 160 KPH, you still might get hit. My dream is consistently bowl over 150 KPH.”

Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have been the pace spearhead of the U19 team as they clocked their deliveries over the speeds 145 kmph during the World Cup.

“I did not expect bowling that fast. This was the second time that I have managed to clock such a high speed. I had done it once in England, so this was the second time,” said Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

“While pace was in focus, (bowling coach) Paras Mhambrey sir taught us how to bowl in the right areas. That was our main focus,” he said.

Shivam Mavi said that when he had for the first time clocked the speed of 145 kmph in his bowling, India U19 coach Rahul Dravid had asked him to concentrate on the line and length, as without control there was a chance of leaking extra runs.

“When I clocked 145, Rahul sir told us to not get carried away with the number. He asked to keep our focus on the line and length. Paras sir asked us to focus on accuracy. He tried to explain to us that despite pace there is a chance of leaking runs. With pace, control is vital.”

Asked if he surprised himself by bowling at 145 kmph, Shivam Mavi said, “I wouldn’t say I was surprised. Three years ago, I realised that I was clocking around 135 then. It dawned on me that my pace was always on the higher side. As I kept bowling I knew the speed was improving, so it didn’t come as a shock when I did clock over 145.”

“I started playing since 7th-8th. Bowling in tandem with Shivam (Mavi) worked quite well for us. It was a great experience. When your partner is bowling well and supporting you, then bowling in that flow was quite satisfying.”


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