Valley overjoyed as Rasool rips apart Aus in warm- up tie

Srinagar: Young Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parveez Rasool announced his arrival at the big stage by recording brilliant figures of seven for 45 for Board President’s XI against Australia in the first warm- up game in Chennai on Tuesday.

Rasool wreaked havoc in his three spells as he helped Board President’s XI bowl out the visiting side for a modest 241 on the opening day at the Guru Nanak College ground.

The youngster exposed the now familiar weakness of the Australian batsmen against spin bowling and also presented the selectors with an option beyond Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh in the off- spin department.

It couldn’t have been a better birthday gift for the cricketer, who recorded his career- best figures a day before his 24th birthday. His seven scalps included top- order players like regular Test opener Ed Cowan, stand- in captain Matthew Wade and Steve Smith.

In his home town of Bijebehara, in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Rasool’s, feat against Australia was on expected lines according to a youngster in the area.

We knew he could do He has immense talent and we have always seen him a great cricketer,” he said.

In the whole of South Kashmir, Bijebehara is known for cricket and cricketers. So is Parveez’s family. His father, Ghulam Rasool Zargar, was a known cricketer during his younger days.

And he ensured that his sons too took to the game. “ I endeavour to play cricket as sports brings discipline to one’s life,” he said.

Zargar hopes that Parveez will achieve bigger feats and be an inspiration to other youngsters.

“I want Parveez to be a role model for the younger generation,” his father said.

Parveez has two other brothers. His elder brother Asif Rasool represents J& K in Ranji Trophy and his younger brother Umar Rasool is a class 12 student.

“I am extremely happy for my brother,” Asif said. “ I will follow my brother’s footsteps and make my family Jammu and Kashmir team at the under- 14, under 17, under- 19 and under- 22 level. He has been part of the North Zone team twice for the Deodhar Trophy and on January 8, he appeared for India A in a practice match against England XI. Rasool believes that he can do well at the big stage, including the IPL, and eventually play for the country. “ Firstly thanks to the selectors who have given me this opportunity. It’s a great achievement for me to do so well against a team like Australia,” he said.

“I haven’t signed for any IPL team yet, but hopefully if that happens I can do well and maybe play for India too.” He expressed satisfaction at being able to deceive Australian Test players Wade and Smith leading to their dismissal.

“Flight is my strength. The dismissals of Smith and Wade brought me a lot of happiness as I was able to deceive them in the flight,” he said.

He did not forget to praise his coach of his formative years and said: “ My coach in Brijbehara was Abdul Qayyum and I learnt the game from him before I played junior cricket for my state.” Rasool also gave credit to Bishen Singh Bedi for the success so far in his fledging career.

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