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Not Gautam Gambhir - KKR's Latest Sensation Angkrish Raghuvanshi Dedicates Stunning Debut To This Star

Angkrish Raghuvanshi remained unsung despite amassing 278 runs during India's triumphant U-19 World Cup campaign in 2022. But on Wednesday, Raghuvanshi waived his anonymity in a matter of 27 balls, paving the way for Kolkata Knight Riders' 106-run hammering of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. Coming from the Abhishek Nayar school of coaching, the 18-year-old played down his effort and thanked his "guru", saying he has influenced him the most and dedicated his stunning 54-run knock to the former Mumbai opener.

"He has helped me in everything, the way I think about the game, the way I work towards the game, the things I eat, the way I train, he is basically my guru and everything. That's my relationship with him," Raghuvanshi said in his post-match press conference.

Over the last few years, Nayar has established himself as a prominent coach in domestic and franchise circuits, and most notably, played a key role even in the resurgence of seasoned campaigners like Dinesh Karthik.

Speaking about his training regime, Raghuvanshi reiterated the role played by Nayar.

"It was pretty simple, the way I have been practicing the past few weeks, the past few years with my coach Abhishek Nayar...the way he has made me practice I didn't really have to think too much when I went out to bat.

"I just batted with my instincts and I just trusted that. What I did during practice was enough, the way he has made me practice.. he has made me face tough circumstances during practice," he said.

India's highest run-getter at the 2022 U-19 World Cup, Raghuvanshi was born in Delhi but moved to Mumbai when he was 11 to train under Nayar and Omkar Salvi.

Since moving to Mumbai, Nayar has been a mentor to him. He played for Mumbai in the

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