Ishan Porel, a young Bengal pacer, has been making headlines after bowling a brilliant spell of fast bowling against India’s arch-rival Pakistan in the 2018 U19 World Cup Semifinal. Porel is likely to resume his upward trend now that he has an IPL deal.
Over the past three years, Ishan has been excellent on the domestic circuit. He made his first-class debut against Vidarbha in Kalyani in November 2017, taking four wickets.
Despite being injured for the bulk of the group stage, he was part of the Indian squad for the 2018 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, where he played a key role in the title-winning campaign.
The tournament semifinal was undeniably a life-changing match for Porel. It paved the way for his meteoric rise in the years that followed, as well as greatly boosting his self-assurance. Under the lanky speedster, the Pakistani batsmen failed. Porel took four wickets in six overs at a strike rate of 2.83. He took the vital wickets of Ali Zaryab Asif and Ammad Alam, as well as openers Imran Shah and Muhammad Zaid Alam.
Porel was also impressive in the Under-19 final. In a match against the Australia Under-19s, he took two wickets in seven overs, and India won.
Ishan has 41 wickets in 25 matches for List ‘A’ cricket, with an economy rate of 4.87 and a strike rate of 27.8. In 2019, the Bengal pacer also featured in the Deodhar Trophy final. Vijay Shankar, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kedar Jadhav, and Parthiv Patel were among the wickets he took for India C (he took 5/43 in his 10 overs).
Porel was not sold during the IPL 2018 and IPL 2019 auctions. His IPL dream came true when he was signed by Kings XI Punjab for a base price of 20 lakh ahead of the 2020 edition of the tournament. Anil Kumble, Bengal’s coach, has confirmed that he is the perfect backup for their ace speedster Mohammed Shami.
He began playing cricket as a batsman at the age of ten. When his mentor saw his lanky build, he recommended he try his hand at bowling. At the National Sports Club in Chandannagar and the Utpal Chatterjee Cricket Academy in Kolkata, he honed his bowling skills. At the Cricket Association of Bengal’s ‘Vision 2020’ camp for fast bowlers, he was also mentored by Waqar Younis.