India started their ICC U-19 World Cup campaign with a 100-run victory over Australia at Mount Maunganui. Jack Edwards’s all-round show went in vain as India’s top-three batsmen notched up the fifties to set the team up for a 328 run total before their bowlers wrapped up Australia for just 228.
India posted a mammoth 180-run partnership for the first wicket before Indian skipper Prithvi Shaw departed six short of his hundred. Manjot Kalra got out on 84 as India crossed the 200-run mark. Shubman Gill then hit a 54-ball 63 to take India past the 250-run mark. Useful contributions from the tailenders further propelled the total to 328.
Two Indian quicks Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi picked three wickets each to wrap up Australia’s innings in the 43rd over itself. Nagarkoti and Mavi bowled over 145kmhr on a regular basis as they troubled the Aussie batsmen.
Nagarkoti even touched 147kph which was the quickest by any player in the match but perhaps may also become the quickest in the tournament. Some people were reminded of Shaun Tait while some were in awe of how an 18-year-old was able to outsmart the Aussies, who have the reputation of acing the pace department.
Here’s how Twitter reacter to Nagarkoti’s bowling:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 14, 2018
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) January 14, 2018
Kamlesh Nagarkoti bowling with some heat (in kph): 140, 143, 145, 144, 146, 140. That is some serious pace for a 18-year-old. #U19CWC
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 14, 2018
Two Indian U19 boys are bowling 140kph + for fun.. Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti who just bowled at 146.. Remember a time where as fans we got excited to see Right Arm Fast Medium instead of Right Arm Medium Fast for an Indian pacer. And that was the senior players #U19CWC
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) January 14, 2018
Great to watch young Nagarkoti bowling at 145+kmph.. Future of Indian bowling is in safe hands.. @vikrantgupta73
— vicky (@we_r_indians07) January 14, 2018
A match to remember! The young boys are making India proud! Awestruck by the performance of #TeamIndia which led to victory! Shivam Mavi & Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s bowling was unbelievable! The future of Indian Cricket is going to be incredible! #INDvAUS #U19CWC pic.twitter.com/R22PSXcTls
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) January 14, 2018
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) January 14, 2018
Kamlesh Nagarkoti reminds me of Shaun Tait with a better line and length. The only difference is that Tait just had pace but Nagarkoti has most of the qualities of a legendary fast bowler! #INDvAUS #U19CWC
— Divyanshu (@MSDivyanshu) January 14, 2018
Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi bowling consistently 140+ kmph is a refreshing sight. Nagarkoti bowls well in the death as well. First person to take List A hat-trick for Rajasthan.
These two will be hot picks during IPL auction, I guess#U19CWC @StarSportsIndia
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 14, 2018
Kamlesh Nagarkoti: New Fastest Indian bowler is in making ? His consistency of throwing fast balls is more than anything else right now.. What a Champion!#U19CWC
— Banna. (@iJaideep_) January 14, 2018
Nagarkotti bowled the fastest at 149 kph avg speed of 144 kph that is insane.
— Pawan kohli (@Vayuu1) January 14, 2018
— दिलीप ठाकुर (@the_dilipthakur) January 14, 2018
K nagarkotti, Indian u19 sensation consistently clocking at 145kmph…future star to watch out for !!
— balaram (@maruthibalaram) January 14, 2018