The elation on fast bowler Ishan Porel’s face would have been second to none this evening, as the youngster has earned a spot in the Indian Senior cricket team for their tour to Australia. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) announced both the limited overs and the Test squads for India’s overseas tour to Australia today, and the 22-year-old has been named as an additional bowler for that series.
NEWS - Four additional bowlers - Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan - will travel with the Indian contingent.— BCCI (@BCCI) October 26, 2020
The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor the progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma. #AUSvIND
Apart from Porel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi and T Natarajan are the other players who have been named for that series as additional bowlers. Ishan Porel, who represents Kings XI Punjab in the Dream11 Indian Premier League, will be in the company of his franchise teammates KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Shami who have been picked for the Test, ODI as well as T20I squads for India for the series Down Under.
"It will be the first time that I will be travelling with the senior Indian team. Obviously it is a proud moment to represent the country in any way, I will be going for bowling only, but it is a great opportunity for me to do well and get into the groove," said Porel in an exclusive interview to KXIP.in.
Ishan Porel is yet to feature in the Indian Premier League, but if KXIP skipper KL Rahul is to be believed, a game doesn't seem too far away for the young speedster. Prior to the IPL, Porel had been playing admirably in domestic tournaments, and helped his state team West Bengal to a place in the finals of the 2020 Ranji Trophy. The youngster was also part of India’s victorious U19 World Cup winning squad back in 2018, picking up six wickets in the competition back then.
Alongside Porel, there was also a maiden call-up for former KXIP player Varun Chakravarthy, who was picked for the T20I squad for the Australia series.
The series against Australia is slated to begin from November 27, with the One Day Internationals being played first, followed by T20Is and then the Test matches.