Why the Porels couldn’t have lunch after India won ICC U-19 cricket World Cup 2018
Ishant Porel, India’s ICC U-19 cricket World Cup 2018 winning team member, took two wickets in the final against Australia. He hails from Chandannagar in West Bengal,Updated: Feb 03, 2018 19:13 IST
Nearly an hour had passed after Ishan Porel was seen on television hoisting the Tricolour at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval but so loud were the celebrations in Chandannagar that father Chandranath Porel said he couldn’t hear anything when Hindustan Times tried reaching him for a reaction. (IND v AUS highlights)
When he finally spoke over the phone, it was around 4:45pm and Porel Senior said he hadn’t had time for lunch. “Two rosogollas, that’s all I have had. Ishan’s mother had forced me to have a couple of ‘luchis’(pooris) in the morning but it’s been only tea and biscuits since,” said the father of the young bowler who dismissed Australia openers Jack Edwards and Max Bryant. (IND v AUS scorecard)
Porel’s mother, Rita, hadn’t had anything till early evening, said Chandranath. “On match days, she would keep fast anyway. It was just that celebrations in Chandannagar meant she couldn’t eat anything well after India won.”
Soon after the match ended, the parents were taken out in a procession by the locals and smeared with ‘abir’ (powder colours). “My new T-shirt got torn,” said Chandranath in a tone not remotely resembling someone complaining.
“Today, it seemed all the sacrifices, all those long days of travelling to Kolkata for training were worth it. He was injured and we didn’t know whether he would play so I can’t express how it felt seeing a World Cup medal around his neck,” said Chandranath.
“The journey is 50% complete,” said Bibhas Das, Porel’s coach, in Kolkata. “Who doesn’t want to see him in a senior India shirt? It will be tough because even a senior pace bowler such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is only 27. So, Ishan should focus on doing well in the domestic season. Like this time when he got 13 wickets in three first-class games.”
Neither father nor coach was able to speak to Porel till early evening in India. “His mother tried but couldn’t get through,” said Chandranath between giving interviews to television channels.
Das had stayed in Kolkata --- “our academy has training sessions at the weekend” ---- but said he would go to Chandannagar, some 45 km from Kolkata, when Porel returns early next week.
“Not every day do you get to travel with a world champion,” said the 56-year-old who trained Porel since he was 11.