IPL 2021: Punjab Kings pacer Ishan Porel eyes RCB’s Virat Kohli and MI’s Rohit Sharma’s wickets- Virat Kohli is one of the legendary cricketers of the modern era. He is one such batsman who never throws away his wicket. The bowlers have to make extra effort to get him out. And, it is a dream wicket that every youngster aspires to take. Bengal-based bowler Ishan Porel, who is set to play his second straight season for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021, share similar sentiments. In a recent interview, Porel revealed that he is also targeting the dream wicket of RCB and India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy and MI captain, Rohit Sharma, in the upcoming IPL season.
The 22-year-old Porel was one of the four net bowlers announced by BCCI to travel to Australia for the Border-Gavaskar series last year. But, his stint was cut short as he sustained a hamstring injury. He successfully completed his rehab at NCA, Bengaluru in quick time and hit the ground running in Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophies. Ishan picked up 13 wickets in 5 matches for Bengal in the T20 tournament. He emerged as the fifth-highest wicket-taker, setting him up for the IPL 2021.
Having faced Kohli in the nets ahead of the Australia series, Porel admitted that he learnt abundantly from the experience of bowling to the India skipper.
“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, Rohit Sharma was a huge lesson,” Porel told Hindustan Times.
When Ishan Porel was asked about his dream wicket in IPL 2021, he replied, “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 added.
Porel might consider him a bit unlucky. After he was sent back home from Australia after his injury, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan, barring Karthik Tyagi, went on to represent India in the Test matches as 11 players were injured. The pattern continued against England, with Vijay Hazare star Prasidh Krishna earning an ODI cap.
Surprisingly, Porel did not get a match for Punjab Kings last year. A good performance in the debut IPL season could help him get a national call.
Punjab Kings will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 12.