Rasool wants to use IPL as a springboard

Jammu and Kashmir off-spinner Parveez Rasool. Photo by: Yawar Kabli, Kashmir Dispatch

Talented offspinner Parveez Rasool, who has catapulted into the limelight in the last few months, is keen to represent India one day and is treating the Indian Premier League ( IPL) as a stepping stone towards achieving his ultimate goal.

However, Rasool, who has signed for Pune Warriors, says he would give his all for his franchise whenever he gets an opportunity to exhibit his wares in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

“About my goal in the IPL, I would rather say that my ultimate target is to represent India. To be honest, I like Test cricket more, but IPL is also important for players these days to mould them to play well in all the formats,” Rasool told Mail Today in an interview.

“I would give my 100 per cent in the IPL and try to perform well. I am treating IPL as a stepping stone to achieve my ultimate goal of representing India,” said the lad from Bijebehara in Anantnag district of Kashmir.

Rasool, 24, is looking forward to meeting Ajantha Mendis, the versatile spinner from Sri Lanka, so that he could pick his brains.

“Pune Warriors’ foreign players haven’t arrived as yet. I’m very keen to speak to Mendis about his bowling and things like the field placings while bowling in T20,” he outlined.

“ I’m working on my yorkers. I am also talking to Pravin Amre sir and trying to learn how to bowl in the T20 format. By talking to coaches you gain experience.” Having just finished his fifth — and the most successful — domestic season, Rasool wants to carry his fine form into the IPL. In seven first- class matches, he bagged 33 wickets at a brilliant average of 18.09, the best being his seven- wicket haul against the visiting Australians that was instrumental in getting him the IPL contract.

And he scored 594 runs at 54, with 171 against Goa being his highest.

On the basis of his Ranji Trophy performance, Rasool was picked in the BCCI Board President’s XI to play against the Aussies and in the north zone team for Deodhar Trophy. His north zone captain Gautam Gambhir had so much faith in Rasool that he opened the bowling with him in the Deodhar final against west zone.

“When you perform in Ranji, and then progress to a higher level, like the match against the Australians, it means a lot. That game was my career’s biggest match so far because taking seven wickets was a big achievement for me,” he pointed out.

“I received several calls from IPL franchises after the seven- wicket haul,” he disclosed.

“Apart from Pune Warriors, two- three franchises also approached me. But since I was already in talks with Pune, it wasn’t proper for me to go back on my word. I told Pune Warriors’ officials to not to worry as I’ve given them my word.” Pune Warriors were so impressed with Rasool and they had even called him for a camp in February. “ But I couldn’t go as I was attending the emerging bowlers’ camp at the NCA in Bangalore at the same time,” said the spinner who was called by the BCCI to bowl at the Indian team’s nets twice during the season.

Sachin Tendulkar is Rasool’s cricketing hero.

“He has always been my favourite. I would have felt very nice had I played alongside him in the IPL; even if I wouldn’t have got that opportunity, I could have learned so much by simply sitting in the dressing room,” he wishes.

Both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab had approached Rasool. “ But I had given a commitment to Pune, so I had to live up to it,” he said, implying that he was not chasing money. “ There’s a Hadith ( saying) of the Prophet that whoever goes back on his word is not honest with his faith. So, I stuck to my word.”

Also See:

IPL 2013 Schedule
Top Run Makers of The IPL
Top Bowlers In The IPL
Most Sixes In The IPL
Fantasy Cricket: Join the game

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Punjab pull off another big chase

Punjab pull off another big chase

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Maxwell, Miller, Pujara chase down Rajasthan's 192. More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »