The inspiring story of Yuvraj Singh taking India to the finals of the 2011 World Cup while suffering from Cancer is one for the folklore.
Anil Kumble back in the early 2000s in West Indies broke his jaw but came back to bowl in a Test match also signifies tremendous bravado within the Kannadiga player.
One-third of the sparkling Indian pace triplet in the U19 WC, Ishan Porel, also joined the league of these gentlemen mentioned above, as he bowled matchwinning spells during the knockout stages of India’s successful U19 World Cup campaign, with an injured foot.
It later got revealed by his coach that Porel suffered a rupture on his leg tissue which usually takes minimum three weeks of the recovery.
Thanks to the high-level treatment methods in New Zealand, Porel was able to take the field by putting an insole into his shoe. Ishan Porel, from Hoogly, West Bengal; managed to clinch a four-wicket haul against Pakistan during the semi-finals of the tournament.
“It’s was not exactly an ankle injury. He has a tear on the outstep of his left leg. It’s only because of the advanced treatment in New Zealand that he could play in the final three matches. Such a kind of injury would normally take a minimum three weeks to recover. He had a tissue rupture and put an insole in his shoe before bowling,” claimed his coach Bibhash Das according to News18.
Das further advice Porel should not take part in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy by saying,
“He bowled with pain in his foot and is yet to recover fully. I suggest he should not be playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy or at least not the first few games. He needs time to heal.”
“He was brilliant in that match. Coming back from an injury, he played against Bangladesh but to take four wickets against Pakistan speaks volumes about your talent and strength. He broke down after that injury. I spoke to him at length during that time and tried to divert his mind. I kept motivating him,” explained Das on his role to provide support to young Porel.
The coach further revealed Ishan Porel’s strength lies in generating seam movement and steep bounce rather than speed. Das believes the U19 tournament provides a great opportunity to the youngsters for initiating glorious international careers.
“The U-19 World Cup is definitely a great exposure. Not everyone gets an opportunity to play in the World Cup, even the likes of VVS Laxman did not get a chance. But the journey begins now. You have to keep working hard. He can consistently bowl at 135kph. He has shown that in the Ranji Trophy. His forte has been speed and bounce… He’s not a swing bowler per say, but he has a natural ability to to generate off the seam movement and more bounce,” concluded his coach.