DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand lad Kamlesh Nagarkoti featured amongst the five Indian cricketers who have been selected for the ICC Under-19 World squad which was announced on Sunday. Besides Nagarkoti, India Under-19 captain Prithvi Shaw, left-arm spinner Anukul Roy and top run-getters Manjot Kalra and Shubman Gill featured in the squad which is led by South Africa’s Raynard van Tonder.
Reacting to the news of the singular honour, the family and coach of Nagarkoti – who has already won laurels for his performance in the recently-concluded U-19 World Cup and was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL for over Rs 3 crore, said that although they are very happy, they are “not surprised as Nagarkoti had immense potential since childhood.” “He had single-minded focus since he was very young because of which he has done so well. He used to practice irrespective of the fact that he had anyone else to play with or not”, said the cricketer’s father, Honorary Captain (retd) Laxman Singh Nagarkoti.
“I remember when he was a child, he did not need anyone else to practice with and would just keep playing alone if the need be. Being in the army I was away most of the time but Kamlesh’s elder brother and mother have played a huge role in his training. His brother Vinod was the one who would take him for his practice sessions and ensure that he was training well. The only reason we moved to Jaipur in spite of being from Bageshwar was because of his cricket training and even bought a house close to the academy where he was getting coached. I am immensely proud of him but it is his passion which has brought him this far,” added the proud father.
His coach, Surinder Singh added that Nagarkoti has worked “extremely hard since the past few years.” “I have been coaching him since he was 7-years old and even then was able to see his extraordinary talent which is the reason why I handled him with a lot of care. Kamlesh played for Barmer in U-14. I fought hard for his selection in the Jaipur team in 2016 and eventually he started playing for Rajasthan.”
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