Ishan Porel, the 22-year-old Punjab Kings pacer, says that Virat Kohli would be a dream wicket for him in the IPL 2021. Ishan Porel, who warmed the bench for the entire season last year, flew to Australia as a net bowler with the Indian team.
Unfortunately, he had to return back home after picking up a hamstring injury in Sydney. He went to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and has surprisingly recovered sooner than expected. The Bengal seamer then played, and bowled brilliantly, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali and the Vijay Hazare tournament.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Ishan Porel said that he would like to get the prized scalp of the RCB skipper and believes that Kohli is the ‘No. 1 batsman in all three formats’. He also spoke about bowling to the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul in Australia.
“Virat Kohli. On a funnier side, I got KL bhai out in a Ranji Trophy match so I’ve ticked that box. And obviously Rohit Sharma is great off fast bowling. He can hit those good length balls with ease. Obviously, picking those wickets would be a dream-come-true for me because I’ve seen them win matches for India while growing up. But yes, I would like to take the wicket of Virat Kohli because he is the No. 1 batsman in all three formats,” he said.
“I bowled a lot. I was in Dubai so I joined the Indian team there and got some 3-4 sessions there.
“I was in Australia for 10 days, where I bowled a lot. It was a learning experience because bowling to such great and quality batsmen of the calibre of Virat bhai, KL bhai – although I had bowled to him earlier during the Punjab Kings nets – bowling to them and Rohit Sharma, was a huge lesson. The mindset, the thinking and the execution part needs to be bang on target,” Ishan Porel added.
Hopefully, things will fall in place if I do well: Ishan Porel
The Hooghly-born may consider himself a tad unlucky as in recent times several youngsters made debuts for India and performed well, but Porel missed his opportunity due to the injury. However, the 2018 Under-19 World Cup winner is focused on the upcoming IPL season and says that he needs to do well in the IPL and in domestic cricket to earn the national call-up.
“It’s a process you need to go through. You need to do well in domestic as well as the IPL. Whenever you’re playing, make the opportunities count. My only plan is to focus on this present IPL.
“Like I said, I am looking forward to taking up any challenge. Hopefully, things will fall in place if I do well. Anyone would want to represent the country, so performing at the right stage at the right time,” he asserted.