IPL 2018: Kamlesh Nagarkoti excited to work under KKR's coaching set-up

Kamlesh Nagarkoti eager to make a mark in the IPL 2018.

KKR head coach Jacques Kallis during press conference | IANS

India U19 fast bowler –Kamlesh Nagarkoti, after his terrific World Cup success with the ball for Indian is now excited to make a mark in the IPL. He is looking forward to work with the KKR coaching set up headed by Jacques Kallis and  Simon Katich.

Nagarkoti, who bowled with sharp pace and took wickets almost every time he was given the ball as captain was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 3.2 crore at the IPL Auction 2018.

Speaking to Times of India, Kamlesh Nagarkoti said, “When I came to know that I will be part of KKR, I was pleased to get an opportunity to with both Kallis and Katich. There is so much to learn from someone like Kallis and the experience of working with him will definitely make me a better cricketer. I was extremely nervous and didn't watch my bidding at all. My roommate Pankaj Yadav informed me about my selection and I couldn't control my happiness. I am eager to make a mark in the IPL.”

The 18-year-old further said that bowling alongside the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc at the KKR camp will sharpen his game as well as help him to learn how to prepare for a high-pressure game.

Nagarkoti added on the same, “They both are left-arm bowlers but the way they use the width of the crease to bring the ball in or out of the batsmen is something I can take note of. More importantly, IPL is a platform which will help me learn how international cricketers prepare for a high-pressure situation.”

He also admires Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohd Shami among the Indian bowlers, “If I get a chance to meet them, I would want to know how they work the batsmen out in different situations. Also, I see them constantly working on their fitness and that's an aspect of the game I lay a lot of emphasis on.”

Commenting on his bowling, Nagarkoti said, “While I would want to retain my ability to bowl fast, it is important to bring in variety to my armoury. I want to work on adding more variations to my bowling.”

He also thanked U19 coach Rahul Dravid for his support and advice which helped him to make his game better.

Nagarkoti signed off by saying, “He would explain to us the importance of staying in the present and constantly working on the game. Dravid sir's presence in the dressing room was a big plus for our side.”

By Rashmi Nanda - 10 Feb, 2018

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