Nineteen-year-old Abishek Porel is forward of his age when it comes to dealing with strain.
Even after forging a match-winning century stand with Shahbaz Ahmed to assist Bengal document a come-from-behind win over Baroda in its opening Ranji Trophy match on the Barabati Stadium right here, Abishek — who scored a half-century (53 not out) on debut — stored his feelings in test.
“I went in with a positive mindset. No matter whatever the situation, I play my natural game. I made a mistake (to be caught). I was lucky it was called a no ball. My intent was to play my natural game. Pressure was there but I love batting under pressure,” Porel, who was among the many reserves for the under-19 World Cup-bound Indian aspect, advised The Hindu. “Shahbaz told me to play my natural game and guided me well. He gave good inputs about the pitch.”
Abishek’s positive efficiency hardly shocked his childhood coach Bibhas Das.
“I was optimistic about Abishek’s debut. He was disappointed as he had done well in Cooch Behar Trophy but did not get a chance in the under-19 World Cup (as he remained a reserve player). I boosted his spirits by telling him to prove his worth.
“He is a natural stroke-player and plays according to the situation. Never comes under pressure. Normally, he bats up the order, but here he handled the situation well batting lower,” mentioned Das.
“Abishek has a classic style of wicket-keeping. It is his passion. He needs to work on his footwork though. I will request Wriddhiman (Saha) to work with him.”
Abishek, who adopted in his cousin and Bengal seamer Ishan Porel’s footsteps to take up cricket, mentioned some recommendation from Ishan benefitted him whereas enjoying on the elite home match.
“There are some differences between under-19 and senior levels. My brother advised me to be patient as there would not be too many easy deliveries.
“Senior players like Manoj (Tiwary), Shahbaz (Ahmed) and Abhimanyu (Easwaran) are all like friends and guide me well. It does not feel like I am among the seniors,” mentioned Abishek, wanting ahead to a profitable season.