Kolkata Knight Riders suffer another major blow and in their pace unit as teenage pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti has been ruled out for the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 season due to a foot injury. It is learnt that Nagarkoti picked up the injury before the start of the campaign.
KKR had however brought in a replacement for the teenager and it will be Karnataka speedster Parisidh Krishna who will come in place. He has already played two practice matches for the franchise.
The Kolkata based franchise had invested heavily in acquiring the services of the 19-year old, shelling out out Rs. 3.2 Crore after his brilliant performances which helped India win the ICC U-19 World Cup earlier on this year.
Kolkata are already facing a crisis in their bowling department as Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was ruled out before the campaign with a tibial bone stress. Lead pacer Mitchell Johnson had to sit out the previous match due to a niggle. Injury concerns have played a major issue for the Knight Riders.
Kolkata have been missing out on their pacers after Vinay Kumar's fateful 17-run final over blessed Chennai Super Kings with a thrilling win in the MA Chidambaram Stadium in KKR's previous encounter.
KKR will now look to play Nagarkoti's replacement in the upcoming matches as Parisidh does have a name in first-class cricket and has also played for India A. The right-arm pacer's tall built frame has helped him feature in 19 List A games where he has picked up 33 wickets and was recently a part of Karnataka's campaign in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.