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Kamlesh Nagarkoti, India pacer, clocks over 90 mph in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup

Kamlesh Nagarkoti, an 18-year-old pacer from Barmer, Rajasthan, set the speed gun on fire in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup league victory over Australia, bowling at speeds approaching 150 kph

cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2018 13:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup,Kamlesh Nagarkoti,India U-19 cricket team
Kamlesh Nagarkoti is one of India’s most promising bowlers, and is currently playing at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.(Getty Images)

There used to be a time when thoughts of Indian bowlers clocking 145 kph mark, or 90 mph, was seen as fanciful. However, current India pace bowlers have shown that they are capable of really fast deliveries.

At the ICC U-19 world Cup opening league clash between India and Australia at the Bay Oval, Maunganui in New Zealand, 18-year-old Kamlesh Nagarkoti, an India pacer from Rajasthan, bowled consistently in excess of 145 kph with one express delivery touching 149 kph.

After India amassed 328/7 thanks to skipper Prithvi Shaw’s 94, 86 from Manjot Kalra and 63 from Shubman Gill, Australia started their chase confidently.

But after two solid overs from Nagarkoti, the 15th over of Australia’s chase changed the complexion of the match.

After bowling the first ball at 144 kph, Nagarkoti got Max Bryant with a 144 kph delivery. The third delivery, at 146 kph to the Australian skipper Jason Sangha, was close to the off-stump. After conceding a four on the fourth ball and bowling the fifth at 144 kph, the final delivery was clocked at 147 kph, which got the cricket world talking.

After a pacy three-over spell, Nagarkoti came back in the 35th over and again bowled three deliveries at 143, 145 and 145 and got the wicket of Austin Waugh, son of former Australia skipper Steve Waugh.

Following the wicket maiden and a decent sixth over, Nagarkoti cleaned up Will Sutherland, the son of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, with a 145 kph thunderbolt in his seventh over. His superb spell of 7-1-29-3 complemented the batting display and ensured the Rahul Dravid-coached Indian cricket team’s 100-run win.

Nagarkoti found out he had produced a scorching 149 kph delivery off the fourth ball of his sixth over, 37th of Australia’s innings.

“In England in a televised game, someone told me it was 143 kph. Today, I was told it’s 149,” cricket website quoted Nagarkoti as saying after the match.

Nagarkoti’s magnificent bowling is the latest of India’s glory moments in ICC U-19 World Cups. Virat Kohli’s side and Unmukt Chand’s team won the title, in 2008 and 2012 respectively. In the 2014 World Cup, Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav took a hat-trick against Scotland, the first by an Indian bowler in the tournament’s history.

With his display against Australia, Indian fans will be hoping Nagarkoti’s career too gathers pace like his deliveries.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 21:12 IST