When teens Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi terrorized batsmen their age at the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup, it looked like the next batch of Indian speed guns was poised to take the world by storm. But before the duo, with multi-crore IPL contracts, could shrug the shoulders of the big boys, their slender bodies couldn’t bear much stress and seemed like an anti-climax was in the works due to injuries. However, the much-maligned National Cricket Academy (NCA) came into the picture at just the right time to rebuild their bodies and careers.
This year, Nagarkoti, now 20, and Mavi (21) lit up the IPL with their fiery performances for the Kolkata Knight Riders, sharing four wickets in the win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.
For Nagarkoti, this year’s IPL is his first competitive outing in nearly 30 months.
“Immediately after the World Cup, Kamlesh suffered a stress fracture on his back and a stress reaction on his ankle. He was brought to the UK by the BCCI and several specialists were consulted. He was in the NCA for almost a year and a half,” a senior told BCCI source, who kept a close eye on the duo’s rehabilitation, to PTI.
Shivam, on the other hand, was in NCA for eight months. First there was an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury and then a stress reaction. His recovery was faster than Kamlesh’s, but he got injured again. after the last domestic season, ”the official said.
If a rough estimate is to be taken, the BCCI-NCA has spent at least Rs 1.5 crore, if not more, over the past two seasons on the duo’s recovery and recovery.
“It will be very difficult to give an exact figure but it is more than Rs 1 crore and could be in the neighborhood of Rs 1.5 crore. There are a lot of subheads, but this is what roughly conservative estimates say. was issued.
“It could be more depending on the number of overheads. But it was worth it because they were identified as special talents and supposed to be pampered,” said the source.
He then gave an overview of the expenditure.
“There are no residential facilities in NCA. Every Indian player (male / female / U19) is housed in a five star facility – normally Ritz Carlton or ITC. Add to that the prosecutor plus the UK travel and consultation costs.
“The medical check-ups, outsourced physical therapy sessions, everything was taken care of, just like BCCI does for a centrally contracted player. The two people who deserve a lot of credit are NCA chief Rahul Dravid and chief physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik,” the official said.
Nagarkoti was generous in acknowledging the contribution of the people involved in the resurrection of his career.
“I want to thank my family, KKR’s support staff and everyone else who assisted me. Many people love my family, Dravid Sir, Abhishek (Nayar) bhaiyya. There are so many people to thank,” Nagarkoti, one of the fastest bowlers from India and a great fielder, said.
Mavi, during a previous interaction with ‘ESPNCricinfo’, echoed Nagarkoti’s feelings.
“I had great motivators at NCA. Anand Date, our trainer, I’ve known him since my Under-19 days, so there was fame. He understands my body better than anyone.
“He, Amit Tyagi (NCA physio) and Ashish Kaushik (NCA chief physio) charted my recovery step by step. It took me four months to get back on track,” Mavi told the cricket website.
But the road to physical redemption was a painstaking one, and probably the oft-criticized NCA would have to get as much credit as the franchise to get precious talent back on the field.
Indian cricket is rife with stories of how the system failed to provide talented individuals lost through injuries.
Wednesday night belonged to Mavi and Nagarkoti, who are finally playing together and have shown a first glimpse of what they can achieve when trusted in them. The future of Indian bowling is already looking bright.
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