Kamlesh Nagarkoti, a whippy bowler who bursts past the crease, is one of India’s fastest bowlers rising through the age-group levels, routinely registering in excess of 140kph. He’s a captain’s dream because of his athleticism and ability to bowl extended stints. His lightning-quick reactions at backward points, along with his ability to hit later in the batting order, makes him a valuable all-round player.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who bowled over 145 kph and turned heads during India’s triumphant campaign at the 2018 U19 World Cup, found a fan in Ian Bishop, among others. He matched every ounce of his speed with razor-sharp fielding abilities that were as outstanding. Nagarkoti had been purchased for INR 3.2 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders at the 2018 IPL auctions after a streak of excellent performances.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti originally hails from Uttarakhand. Nagarkoti’s father served in the Indian Army as a subedar. His retirement funds were used to purchase a one-bedroom property in Jaipur so that his kid could learn to play cricket. Surendra Singh Rathod was Nagarkoti’s childhood coach.
Coach Surendra Rathore discovered Nagarkoti at a Jaipur maidan and urged him to join the institute. Nagarkoti progressed swiftly, developing sharp inswinger and reverse-swing bowling abilities that enabled him to bowl batters on a regular basis.
Nagarkoti, who was rejected in his first Rajasthan U14 cricket team trials, returned to work on his outswinger in order to succeed in his second attempt. He went on to play for the U14, U16, and U19 squads.
During the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Nagarkoti made his List A debut for Rajasthan and shone in his second game, rescuing his side from 54 for 6 with an unbroken half-century. He then bowled his side to win with the first hat-trick by a Rajasthan bowler in List A cricket.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti was selected for India U19’s tour to England, where he finished as the highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps in two Youth Tests, including a match total of 10 for 112 in the first Test at Chesterfield. Then, he joined the India U23 team for the Asia Cup.
In December 2017, he was announced in India’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup team for 2019, which was held in Bangladesh. He was named as India’s Under-19 team for the 2018 World Cup after a string of strong performances. Kolkata Knight Riders purchased him for INR 3. (about USD 500,000) crore in the IPL auction in February 2018.On September 26, 2020, he made his Twenty20 debut for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
Nagarkoti was picked as one of four supplementary bowlers to accompany India’s cricket squad on their tour to Australia on October 26, 2020. However, owing to his workload management, Nagarkoti was ruled out of the trip on November 9, 2020.
Nagarkoti is a right-armed batsman as well as a right-armed bowler. His primary role is as a bowler. So far, he has played a total of 9 ODI matches in List A and 4 T20 (IPL) matches. He has scored a total of 131 runs in ODI with a batting average of 26.2. He has exceptional bowling stats. Out of a total of 346 balls bowled, he has taken a total of 11 wickets. He has a bowling average of 25 runs per wicket. His best bowling performance in ODI so far is 3 wickets for 3 runs.
In IPL T20, he has scored a total of 11 runs in 4 matches. He has bowled a total of 60 balls so far and has taken 4 wickets too. His IPL T20 balling average stands at 21.5 runs per wicket. His best IPL T20 bowling performance is 2 wickets for 13 runs.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti remains a tremendous prospect due to his all-around brilliance and ability to clock high speeds with the ball. He’s too excellent a package to leave in the bag, with a unique combination of power hitting, precise fast-bowling, and atheleticism on the field. Kamlesh Nagarkoti is likely to get a lot of attention at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.