IPL 2018: KKR star Kamlesh Nagarkoti wants Kapil Dev’s mental toughness

India U19 and KKR star Kamlesh Nagarkoti scared of Rahul Dravid
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With the 11th season of the Indian Premier League approaching, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL 2018 auction signing and India U19 star pacer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, is both excited and nervous to debut in India’s top-tier of T20 cricket. However, the one thing that is on top of Nagarkoti’s to-do list, is to meet Kapil Dev and ask the 1983 World Cup-winning India captain about how to be mentally tough.

Will ask Kapil Dev how to be ‘mentally tougher’

Kamlesh Nagarkoti has emerged as an exciting and young talent, who’s performance in the recently-concluded U19 World Cup has attracted a great deal of attention in the Indian cricket circle. When asked about what he wanted to learn from Kapil Dev, who is touted as India’s one of the best all-rounders in the truest sense of the word, Nagarkoti said,

“I’ve never met him, but when I get my chance I will ask him how he prepared before every match. His fitness was outstanding and he did not miss a Test through injury, so I will also like to ask him about his training regime and diet. But most of all, I want to speak to him about how one should get mentally tougher.”

Kamlesh Nagarkoti wants to get tough for IPL 2018

Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who represents Reliance 1, told mid-day, ahead of his match against Canara Bank in the DY Patil T20 Cup in Nerul yesterday.

“I want to be a mentally strong cricketer since a format like Twenty20 needs a particular mindset especially when it comes to bowling to hard-hitting batsmen, restrict runs and get wickets as well.”

Kamlesh Nagarkoti will play for KKR, as an opponent to other India U19 stars in IPL 2018

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Kamlesh Nagarkoti was asked whether there was any banter between the India U19 players, as these have played together so far, and playing with different teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) will be a whole new experience.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti said that there was certainly some banter between the players, specially with India U19 star cricketer Manjot Kalra, who was also bagged in the IPL 2018 auction by Delhi Daredevils. The pacer said,

“Manjot (Delhi Daredevils) was telling me ki ‘bachke rehna, maarunga mere saamne aayega toh’ (Beware I will hit you when you come on to bowl at me in IPL 2018). All of us have played against each other a lot and know each other’s games. There is some nervousness as well as excitement as the start of the IPL draws closer.”

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