How NCA helped Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagerkoti in the dark days
When Kishore Kamlesh Nagerkoti and Shivam Mavi were terrorizing batsmen of their age during the 2018 ICC Under-19 World Cup, it seemed that the next batch of Indian speed guns were set to save the world from the storm. But before the doubles, with multi-crore IPL contracts, the older boys could rub shoulders with them, their frail bodies could not take a lot of stress and injuries seemed like an anti-climax. However, the much-hyped National Cricket Academy (NCA) came into the picture at the right time to rebuild his body and career.
This year, Kat, Nagerkoti, now 20, and Mavi (21) have lit up the IPL with their fiery performances for the Kolkata Knight Riders, sharing four wickets between them in a win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.
For Nagarkoti, this year’s IPL is their first competitor in nearly 30 months.
“Right after the World Cup, Kamlesh suffered a stress fracture on his back and a reaction to the stress on his ankle. He was taken to the UK by the BCCI and consulted with many experts. He was in NCA for a year and a half. ” A senior BCCI source, who kept a close watch on the pair’s rehab, told PTI.
On the other hand, Shivam was in NCA for a period of eight months. First, there was injury to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and then a stress response. However, his recovery was faster than that of Kamlesh, but was later injured again. Last domestic session, ”said the official.
If the rough estimate is to be believed, the BCCI-NCA spent at least Rs 1.5 crore on the rehabilitation and recovery of the pair during the last two seasons.
“It would be very difficult to quote an exact figure, but it is over Rs 1 crore and may be close to Rs 1.5 crore. There are a lot of sub-heads but this is what was almost spent on them by any conservative estimate. .
“It may be higher depending on the number of overheads. But it was worth it because they were recognized as special talents and were supposed to be wrapped in cotton wool.”
He then reduced spending.
“At NCA, there are no residential facilities. Any Indian player (male / female / U19) is placed in a five-star facility – the Ritz Carlton or ITC in general. Add that DA to the UK travel and consulting fees.”
“Medical check-ups, out-sourced physiotherapy sessions, everything was taken care of like the BCCI does for a centrally-contracted player. Two people who deserve a lot of credit are NCA head Rahul Dravid and head Physician Ashish Kaushik. ” The officer said.
Nagarkoti was generous in accepting the contributions of those involved in the revival of his career.
Nagerkoti said, “I want to thank my family, KKR support staff and everyone else who stands by me. Many of my family members are Dravid Sir, Abhishek (Nair) Bhaiyya. There are many people to thank. . ” India’s fastest bowler and a brilliant fielder, said.
Mavi, during his first conversation with ESPNCricinfo, resonated with Nagerkoti’s feelings.
“I had great motivators at NCA. Our trainer Anand Date, I have known him since my under-19 days, so was familiar. He understands my body better than anyone.”
Mavi told the cricket website, “He, Amit Tyagi (NCA Physio) and Ashish Kaushik (NCA Head Physio) joined me step by step. It took me four months to get into full rhythm.”
But the path to physical redemption was a difficult one and perhaps the much-criticized NCA should receive as much credit for the franchise for regaining valuable talent on the field.
Indian cricket is replete with stories that the system does not care about talented individuals who lost their way due to injuries.
On Wednesday night it was Mavi and Nagerkoti, who are playing together at the end and have shown an early glimpse of what they are capable of achieving, if anyone instills confidence in them. The future of Indian fast bowling is already looking bright.