An upcoming pacer from Bengal, Ishan Porel has been in the news ever since he bowled a magnificent spell of fast bowling against India's arch-nemesis Pakistan in the 2018 U19 World Cup Semifinal. Now having an IPL contract in his hand, Porel is sure to go on an upward trajectory from here.
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Ishan has been splendid in the domestic circuit for the past three years. In November 2017, he made his First-class debut against Vidarbha at Kalyani, where he took 4 wicket
He was also a part of the Indian squad for the 2018 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and played a crucial role in the title-winning campaign, despite being injured for the majority of the group stage.
The semifinal of the tournament, undoubtedly was a life-changing match for Porel. It led to his meteoric rise in the years to follow and also enhanced his confidence to a great extent. The Pakistani batsmen struggled against the lanky speedster. Porel made 4 scalps in 6 overs at an economy rate of 2.83. He dismissed openers Imran Shah, Muhammad Zaid Alam and also took the crucial wickets of batsmen Ali Zaryab Asif and Ammad Alam.
Porel was potent in the final of the Under-19 as well. He chipped in with 2 wickets in 7 overs against the Australia Under-19s and India were triumphant.
In List 'A' cricket, Ishan has 41 wickets to his name in 25 matches at an economy rate of 4.87 and Strike Rate of 27.8. The Bengal pacer also starred in The Deodhar Trophy final back in 2019. He picked up the wickets of Vijay Shankar, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kedar Jadhav, and Parthiv Patel (he took 5/43 in his 10 overs) for India C.
Porel went unsold during the auctions for IPL 2018 and IPL 2019. His IPL dream finally came true as he was picked up by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of ₹ 20 lakh ahead of IPL 2020. Coach Anil Kumble has said that he is the right backup for their ace speedster Mohammed Shami, who too plays for Bengal.
Ishan Porel was born into a Bengali family with a sports background. His grandfather, Subodh Chandra Porel, was a renowned kabaddi player of his times who had played for India, while his father Chandranath Porel also played kabaddi at the national level.
At the age of 10, he took to the sport of cricket as a batsman. But when his coach saw his lanky frame, he suggested him to try his luck as a bowler. He groomed his bowling skills at the National Sporting Club in Chandannagar, and Utpal Chatterjee Cricket Academy in Kolkata. He was also mentored by Waqar Younis at the Cricket Association of Bengal’s ‘Vision 2020’ camp for fast bowlers.