IPL 2018: Kamlesh Nagarkoti injured for rest of the season, Prasidh Krishna roped in as replacement

IPL 2018: Kamlesh Nagarkoti injured for rest of the season, Prasidh Krishna roped in as replacement
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  • India U19 bowling sensation, who was bagged by KKR for INR 3.2 crore for IPL 2018, has been injured and ruled out of the tournament
  • Karnataka pacer, 22-year-old Prasidh Krishna has been roped in as Kamlesh Nagarkoti replacement

India U19 star and blinding pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who was set to rock the Indian Premier League 2018 for Kolkata Knight Riders, after the team had bought the 18-year-old for INR 3.2 crore, has been ruled out of the rest of the IPL season due to foot injury. Although injuries are rather common in the profession of cricket, the move has come as a disappointment for the KKR and Indian fans, as everybody had been waiting for Kamlesh Nagarkoti IPL 2018 campaign to be exceptional. As Kamlesh Nagarkoti injured himself,  KKR have roped in Karnataka speedster Prasidh Krishna to replace the U19 bowling sensation. Now, Prasidh Krishna KKR stint might have something in store for us.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti injuread ahead of his IPL 2018 debut

Hindustan Times confirmed the news on Saturday, when they posted on their Twitter, “Prasidh Krishna to join as a replacement for injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti”.

As reported by Cricbuzz, Kamlesh Nagarkoti injured himself before the start of IPL 2018 and as KKR was wary of his prospects, Prasidh Krishna KKR debut looks like the best backup option that the franchise has, given the fact that Krishna has even played a couple practice matches where he fared well.

Can Prasidh Krishna IPL 2018 campaign prove fruitful for KKR?

Kamlesh Nagarkoti IPL 2018 replacement, Prasidh Krishna, had made his first-class debut for Karnataka back in 2015, picking up a five-wicket haul against the touring Bangladesh A team in Mysore. While that was the only first-class fixture that Prasidh Krishna played for his state team, the right-arm pacer has gone on to feature in 19 List A games, picking up 33 wickets.

Prasidh was also a part of Karnataka’s campaign in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy recently. Although the 22-year-old is not an outright fast and blinding pacer like Kamlesh Nagarkoti, his tall body frame and ability to hit the deck hard makes him a promising talent for KKR to have in such a situation.

Interestingly, this is not the first player that KKR have already lost in IPL 2018, as the franchise are already without Australian paceman Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out with a tibial bone stress, with Mitchell Johnson missing out their last game against Chennai Super Kings, with a slight niggle.

The injury-affected IPL 2018 franchise will hope to sail away from further injuries and will hope that the young pacers, i.e. Tom Curran, Kamlesh Nagarkoti KKR team mate from the India U19 team, i.e. Shivam Mavi and the newly brought-in Prasidh Krishna step up to the role.

Watch: Nagarkoti’s bowls out Pakistan batsman in U19 World Cup quarter finals

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