Other than batting prodigies like skipper Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Manjot Kalra, India’s recent victorious U19 World Cup campaign also the rise of a player who belongs to a breed rarely seen in Indian cricket – fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti. The 18-year-old from Rajasthan clocked more than 140 kmph with relative ease during the junior World Cup and became the talk of the town in New Zealand. However, the star who became the talk of the town after U19 World Cup success, also getting bagged by IPL 2018 franchise, KKR, revealed that he was scared of Rahul Dravid.
India U19 team had dominated in the World Cup
Captained by the talented Prithvi Shaw and coached by the legendary Rahul Dravid, the India U19 team displayed a kind of dominance that is unparalleled when they won the title by beating Australia in the final in New Zealand. Nagarkoti was one of the star of the tournament and opened up about his World Cup experiences in an exclusive interview to Mumbai Mirror.
Nagarkoti admitted that he and his teammates were in awe of their illustrious coach Rahul Dravid and were even a bit scared of him at times. He recollected a particular incident where along with fellow new-ball bowler Shivam Mavi and opener Manjot Kalra, the lanky pacer was out to indulge in some adventurous activities atop a mountain in Queenstown but were denied permission by Dravid to do so.
“He said the tournament was going on, and there was no point in taking any risk. He would allow us to do a few things here and there, but we had to be back in our hotel by a certain time,” said Nagarkoti as reported by News 18.
Nagarkoti scared of India U19 coach Rahul Dravid
The Rajasthan youngster also commented on the “curfews” that were imposed on the team by Dravid and how they were made to adhere to the guidelines at all times – ultimately an important factor in India’s win at the event.
“Actually we were a bit scared of sir. And we thought we should not break the curfew, so we never did it. Honestly we didn’t. Well, we did think about it a few times but then we reasoned that ‘nahi yaar, sir would have had something in mind when putting a curfew in place, so let’s follow it’,” Nagarkoti stated. He went on to add that he hopes to take a late night stroll in Australia sometime in the future.
The young fast bowler who will be part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, also revealed that his first autograph was of Rahul Dravid’s when the team was together for the Asia Cup.