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Kamlesh Nagarkoti - The boy with 6pack abs

Kamlesh Nagarkoti grabbed eyeballs by consistently bowling above 140kph. His gem was one that castled Australia’s Will Sutherland which was hurled at 145kph during India’s opener in the U-19 World Cup. 

The 18-year-old, who hails from Rajasthan, had made a name for himself even before the World Cup though. Only two days after making his List A debut for his state team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on February 26, 2017, he claimed a hat-trick against Gujarat. With this, he became the first player from Rajasthan to take a hat-trick in List A cricket. 

Son of a retired Subedar in the Indian Army, Nagarkoti has 7 wickets in 5 matches in the tournament with an exceptional average of 15.14. Though he was quite good in all the matches, he kept his best for India’s quarter-final against Bangladesh where he bagged 3/18 to fashion India’s 131-run win.

Nagarkoti was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for ~3.2 crore at the IPL auction in Bangalore making him the most expensive U-19 buy.