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.