Vijay Hazare Trophy: Nagarkoti’s Hat-Trick Helps Rajasthan Steal Win

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The pace prodigy helped Pankaj Singh camp to register first win. He has been a part of under-19 international meets as well and is delivering performances

When the match began limping towards the same melancholy ending for Team Rajasthan after its batsmen posted yet another sub-standard total of 183, sensational hat-trick by the pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti stunned Gujarat. Before the under-19 star turned the tide in the 39th over of the second innings, he also scored crucial 56* runs thus entering into 86-run partnership with Arjit Gupta. After winning the toss Parthiv Patel led Gujarat made Rajasthan bat first and failed to capitalize on the good work done by its bowlers; eventually capitulating meekly in front of the Pankaj Singh that won their third Vijay Hazare match in Chennai on Tuesday.

The magic he brewed with the ball wouldn’t have been possible without skipper Pankaj Singh’s wisdom. “I had constant backing from the skipper. He guided me throughout the match and whenever he gave me a direction to bowl- throw in this area, bowl at this length, I effected a wicket,” said the 17-year-old about the support he received from his captain.

Recently Nagarkoti was a part of international under-19 meets as well- Youth Asia Cup and India versus England Youth ODIs, and performed considerably well. Former cricketer and under-19 coach Rahul Dravid’s advicehelped him discover a batsman in him. “Dravid sir always told me that I bowl with good pace and I need to concentrate on line and length to reap better results. He also pointed out towards my batting saying that I bat well and must focus upon it as well.”

Native of Uttarakhand, the right-arm pacer moved to Jaipur 13 years ago and credits his elder brother and coach Surendra Singh Rathore in Sanskar Cricket Academy for his achievements so far.

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Right-arm Rajasthan pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti is all pumped up after taking a wicket during under-19 international outing.

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