Kamlesh Nagarkoti is one of the finest and quickest upcoming fast bowlers in India. He took the world by storm when he played for India Under-19 with his express pace and formed a formidable bowling partnership with the equally good Shivam Mavi. He had an outstanding U-19 World Cup for India in early 2018.
Subsequently, Kolkata Knight Riders bought him in the 2018 IPL player auction expecting a lot from him but frequent injuries made it impossible for him to play for a couple of seasons. But this year he looks ready and fit to roar with his express pace. So let us analyse his bowling action to see how he generates such pace as well as the reasons for his frequent injuries.
To make it easier let’s break down his bowling action into three parts
- Run-up and jump
- Back foot and front foot contact
- Release and follow-through
Run-up and jump
Nagarkoti has a smooth, balanced and quick run-up which helps him to gather momentum before launching. He starts slowly and quickens his run-up as he approaches the crease, which allows him to generate more pace. Nagarkoti has a good, long jump before release which is neither too high nor too close to the ground.
Back foot and front foot contact
Back foot and Front foot contact are probably two of the most important things for a fast bowler to look after if he wants to generate pace and prevent injuries. After his jump Nagarkoti has a stiff back foot contact which lands parallel to the crease making him a complete side-on bowler. The stiff back foot contact allows the transfer of momentum generated through the run-up into the bowling action without any obstruction.
After the back foot contact, Nagarkoti has a straight front foot contact facing the batsman with a braced front leg which helps in equal distribution of the ground reaction force into the entire body which is imperative to prevent injuries.
Release and follow-through
Nagarkoti has a high and quick arm release making it difficult for batters to judge the exact pace of the delivery. The ball sometimes tends to hurry on the batsman especially his bouncers. After release, Nagarkoti has a smooth and free-flowing follow-through which helps him to release the pressure and force generated from his run-up.
Reason for injury
While most of his bowling action right from his run-up until the last step is in complete sync, there is too much of lateral flexion at the time of release which means that he has too much of a side-bend putting tremendous pressure on his back. So if somehow he can get his alignment right at the time of release, he can reduce the frequency of his injuries.