Young pace bowler of Kolkata Knight Riders, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, has asked for guidance from ace pace bowler of Australia – Pat Cummins. Notably, they both will be seen together in purple in the upcoming 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Nagarkoti, the star fast bowler of India under-19 World Cup, had been suffering from injuries ever since he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the 2018 IPL auction and he couldn’t play as well. However, he is eyeing to play this season.
“He [Cummins] had injuries for a long time. So, I would want to ask him what mindset he had had during those three-four years, how he kept himself motivated, and how he prepared himself for the comeback,” Nagarkoti told KKR’s official website.
“I will definitely ask for tips from Cummins if I get a chance. For batsmen, my dream is to bowl to our [head] coach Brendon McCullum at the nets. I have seen him while growing up. His batting style was really aggressive and unique. I guess I can learn a lot from him about the mindset of openers. He was himself an opener, so he can guide me on this. It is important for a bowler to read the mindset of opening batsmen,” Nagarkoti further added.
The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) will start from September 19 in the UAE and the league will be played across three venues. However, not only Cummins but former Olympic sprinter Chris Donaldson has helped him a lot. He has been added as the strength and conditioning coach of KKR.
While speaking about his recovery from the injury, the young pacer said: “Yeah, whatever training program was advised by KKR, I had been following that. I had a chat with Abhishek Nayar sir and also spoke to my previous mentors at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Soham sir and Anand sir. They have strong knowledge about my body, so they could suggest correct ways for me to improve. Basically, I took suggestions from all of them and picked out exercises that I could do at home.”
With a strong side, the two times IPL champions are gearing up to begin their campaign with flying colours as well.