India vs Pakistan, Under 19 World Cup: Ishan Porel, the name will echo in every corner of Hagley Oval, Christchurch where India humiliated Pakistan in the semi-final. The man behind this spectacular performance was none other than Porel who took 4 wickets in the do-or-die match and led his team to the final of the Junior World Cup. Tall and well-built, the speed that Porell clocks is quite high for a 19-year-old. More importantly, he is a clever operator, evidenced by the way he set up the dismissals of Priyank Panchal and Ishwar Chaudhary in the ongoing Ranji Trophy quarterfinal clash against Gujarat in Jaipur. The 19-year-old fast bowler is easily noticed – be it for his built or bowling. Born in Chandannagar, a small town, 50 kms from Kolkata, Porel began his journey at the National Sporting Club in his hometown, before coming to Kolkata six years ago for a camp called ‘cricket clinic’.
Cricketing legends Dale Steyn and Brett Lee are his idols and why not, the young bowler is nothing less than a sensation given his age. Porel comes from a family with a rich sports background. His grandfather Subodh Chandra Porel was a Kabaddi player and represented India while his father Chandranath Porel played for Bengal. So taking up sports as a career is sort of family tradition. Cricket may have been his first love, but it wasn’t the first sport he pursued. He started off with swimming and table tennis but after getting bored with the two sports he stepped between the 22 yards.
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During an interview with CricBuzz, Porell said,”Cricket was something I always loved. Even as a kid I used to love watch only cricket and Power Rangers on TV, and invariably would end up fighting a with my mother because she wanted to watch serials.”
The confidence that he carries with himself is surprising, maybe a rarity for age-group cricketers, who are often timid and at discomfort while speaking to the press. There is none of that with Porel. However, sadly, he was unsold at the IPL auction 2018 and now the teams would be regretting not to get his service.