Who is Kamlesh Nagarkoti? 18-year-old Indian speedster who clocked 146 kmph, impressed Virender Sehwag

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New Delhi | Updated: January 15, 2018 3:42 PM

ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: India dominated the play throughout the day to win their first game of the ICC U19 World Cup against Australia on Sunday.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti consistently clocked 145 kmph and nabbed three wickets. (Source: Cricket World Cup Twitter)

ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: India dominated the play throughout the day to win their first game of the ICC U19 World Cup against Australia on Sunday. Defending a total of 328/7, India bowled out Australia for 228 to win the first game by 100 runs. Captain Prithvi Shaw’s impressive knock of 94 runs was nothing more than a fairytale. However, it was a bowler who managed to impress legendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s delivery at 146 kmph, which castled Will Sutherland and left his off-stump in a mess was a sight that mesmerised Indian fans across the globe. There was a time when Indian fans would fancy anyone who would manage to reach the 140-kmph mark. But when the Indian bowling duo of Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti outpaced their rivals and consistently clocked speeds above 145 kmph at Bay Oval, New Zealand, it was not something that one gets to see very often. Sehwag, who was impressed by Nagarkoti and other Indian quickies, took to Twitter and said: ”This was serious pace for our boys. Solid beginning beating the Aussies by 100 runs. May the hunger continue and we carry the momentum.”

However, this is not the first time that Nagarkoti has shot to limelight and has been consistently delivering the goods. He became the first Rajasthan bowler to take a List A hattrick. In the same match, he had also hit a quickfire 56 showing his prowess with the bat.

In the previous edition of the U-19 World Cup, West Indian pacer Alzarri Joseph had hit headlines for clocking 147 kmph. It remains to be seen whether Nagarkoti can breach that mark too.

What is noteworthy here is that these teenagers are touching the speeds, which their senior counterparts don’t really generate on a very consistent basis. Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are the ones who get are always in the 135-140 kmph bracket.

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