Boys’ cricket different from men’s, says India U19 star Ishan Porel

It’s just been 3 days since India U19 team lifted the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand. The young colts came back home to jubilant scenes this week, Ishan Porel, who took 6 wickets in the tournament, reached Kolkata but didn’t notice much of a difference in his life. “Only difference is, more people are recognising me now,” he said.

Ishan Porel is aware of the fact that due to his superb showing in New Zealand, fans and senior players will expect a lot from him in the coming few years. Speaking about handling the added pressure that comes with winning a tournament that has introduced the likes of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to world cricket, the seamer said,

“I have learnt how to handle pressure from Rahul (Dravid) sir, so that is not an issue for me. It will only motivate me to do better in future. It’s nice to see people coming up and congratulating me, but, I know, I have a long way to go and am now preparing myself for that journey. I know boys’ cricket and men’s cricket are totally different.”

Ishan Porel didn’t have the best of starts to the tournament as he suffered an injury in the very first match. However, with the support of the management and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, Porel made a quick recovery and joined the playing for the quarter-final match against Bangladesh.

“There were some great lessons learnt like teamwork, how to come out of pressure, bounce back from injury, to become strong mentally. I felt I would not be able to play the rest of the tournament. But all the seniors said don’t worry you will make a comeback. He (Paras) told me not to bowl very fast. Rather he suggested I should try to keep my rhythm and bowl the right line and length,” added Ishan Porel.

Ishan Porel was full of praise for Rahul Dravid, who kept the youngsters focus on the main objective which was to win the World Cup. The legendary Indian batsman was quick to predict a bright future for the young Porel, which in turn gave the 19-year-old a big boost in confidence.

Ishan Porel, however, missed out on an IPL birth, as none of the teams in the auction picked the seamer but he didn’t get to disappointed with it. “It’s up to the teams to pick a player. I cannot comment on that. But playing a Test for India has always been priority for me. I am nurturing this dream from my childhood,” he said.

Ishan Porel was part of the Bengal squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy but will be giving the tournament a miss as he is still recovering from his injury, which will eventually require him to go NCA for proper rehab.