IPL 2020, KKR vs SRH: Kamlesh Nagarkoti finally makes IPL debut after being bought in 2018 auction

Kolkata Knight Rider pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti finally makes his Indian Premier League debut after the franchise bought him in 2018. Nagarkoti will be seen bowling against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

The 20-year-old was bought by KKR for Rs 3.20 crore, but the youngster couldn’t pull on the purple shirt once as he was battling injuries for two seasons. He didn’t even play competitive cricket since February 2018 having suffered ankle and back injuries.

Interestingly, Nagarkoti was part of India U-19 World Cup-winning squad in 2018 and it was Rahul Dravid’s guidance which helped him fast-track his ideas into performances in that tournament. He was one of the emerging stars alongside Shaw, Shubman Gill, Anukul Roy and Shivam Mavi.

The pacer was even hailed as the next big thing in Indian cricket thanks to his rapid pace and accuracy.

Ahead of IPL 2020, Nagarkoti said that he looks forward to making a new start in the tournament.

“I have changed a few aspects in my bowling after consulting my coach Surender sir and KKR bowling coach Omkar Salvi sir. They shared a couple of pointers on how to reduce injuries.”

Nagarkoti thanked KKR for standing by him in difficult times. “Team KKR has really taken care of me well.

“I benefited a lot from Abhishek Nayar’s experience (at KKR Academy)… He focused on nurturing me as an all-rounder,” said Nagarkoti.