Fit Nagarkoti considers good show in the emerging Asian Cup

JAIPUR: Just when he had begun to announce his talent to the world, Kamlesh Nagarkoti The world collapsed when he suffered a debilitating back injury, which caused his cricket fortune to fall.

When he was injured in April last year, he called me. He cried and was completely confused. He told me that his legs had become numb. The following week was difficult since Kamlesh was extremely discouraged. I dreamed of playing for Knight riders of Calcutta (KKR) in the IPL when he suffered the injury, said Nagarkoti coach Surendra Rathore, who trains him at the Sanskar Cricket Academy here.

The fast bowler, who became the toast of the city during the I-19 World Cup of the ICC last year and impressed the legends of the game with his ability to throw consistently above 140 km/h, is back in the fray after a 19-month injury dismissal and is preparing for emerging Asian Cup to be held in Bangladesh from November 15 to 23.

I am completely fit now and desperate to do what I do best, which is bowling quickly. said Nagarkoti, who must report to Bangalore on Wednesday before boarding the flight to Bangladesh. It will start from where it had gone, Rathore said, adding that the 19-year-old has been advised not to slow down. Nagarkoti stands for speed, so I haven't asked him to reduce that. His action is perfect and he will play with the same intensity and consistency, said the proud coach.

While recovering in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, it was Rahul Dravid The words that calmed him. Rahul, sir, explained to me that injuries are an integral part of any sport and until the moment I continue working hard to improve every day, no one can prevent me from becoming a great player, Nagarkoti said. Constant support from home was also helpful. Rathore had advised his family to refrain from talking about the injury. I told them to make sure they talked about positive things with Kamlesh, Rathore said.

Speaking about the changes the rookie has made in his action, Rathore said: There are no major changes that affect his bowling. His action was misaligning a bit, so we corrected it. His landing foot was slightly crossed and his bowling arm was coming from inside. We work on that.

The right arm pacemaker, who is Rajasthan's first bowler to get a hat-trick in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, will also be available for the next season of the Ranji Trophy from December.

Even before Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed became part of the big picture, it was Nagarkoti who promised to make it big and generated hopes for the revival of Rajasthan. The feeling of rhythm has now matured as both a person and a player. He feels that he has not lost anything, be it time or passion, and can cross any obstacle to being there in colors of India.