India U-19’s dynamic pacer Ishan Porel took his team to world cup glory with an injured foot and bowled beautifully in the all-important semifinal against Pakistan U-19. Porel took a four-for and thrashed Pakistan’s top-order.
His coach Bibhash Das revealed the same and quoted “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.”
Porel is advised to take rest during the forthcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy, which will commence from February 5.
“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,” said Das.
He got injured in the opening game against Australia, where he left the field after bowling just 4.1 overs in that match. Thus, he was forced to miss rest of the group matches against Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe.
Porel’s coach further added “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.”
India has won the title of ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand by beating Australia U-19 in the finals by 8 wickets. Manjot Kalra was the star of this win with his unbeaten century and was adjudged player of the match.