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'I want to play for India',says Ishan

23rd November 2017
If you don't believe in destiny-meet Ishan Porel who took swimming before discovering his unconditional love for batting and ultimately ended being one of the most talented young fast bowlers of the country.
The lanky fast bowlers who even in his remotest thought does not want to sacrifice his pace enrolled at National Sporting Club, Chandannagor.When he came to bat,the coaches found a jewel of fast bowler-for his talent,for his height-'' The coaches said I should take up fast bowling.''
That is where the journey commenced. Ishan changed his base to Kolkata to live his dream. However, soon he experienced the amount of dedication, sacrifice one has to make to don Indian jersey. He is not the one who would get frightened, he showed strong mettle and character embracing the challenges.He recalled that he got harsh reality check when he had to sit out for three U-16 games for Bengal-''I realised you have to fight for every spot,being good is just not enough,you have to be deserving. It really shaped up things for me. I endured myself more into bowling practice,physical training. David Sir helped me a lot.''
When asked about his interactions with stalwart,Waqar Younis, at ''Vision 2020'',the ecstatic Ishan promptly sad, ''He taught me never to sacrifice my pace at any cost and develop my physique, so that I can avert injuries as well as can maintain good pace.''
As a positive minded player, Ishan feels, ''England tour really helped me to develop. As a fast bowler, you have to cope up with different conditions. English batsmen play fast bowling well which made me strong as a cricketer.''
Sharing Bengal dressing room with Mohammed Shami and Ashoke Dinda was a great learning experience for Ishan, as they helped the young lad to blossom. Ishan wants to develop his arsenal with slowers, yorkers,bouncers and several variations to deceive batsmen. However, he feels that his aggression should be conveyed through his balls,rather than his actions or gestures.He opined, ''Being a fast bowler, you have to aggressive.But you have to maintain a certain level.You should show your aggression through your bowling,execution,proper planning.''
The bowler with great grit and determination refused to look too far ahead.He said, ''I want to play well in the Challenger trophy, so that I can get into U-19 World Cup team. Also I want to help Bengal to win Ranji Trophy.'' Although he set his eyes for ultimate glory- ''My dream is to play for senior Indian team.'' 

Ayan Das