Board President's XI v Australians, Chennai, 1st day February 12, 2013

Rasool a 'brilliant all-round cricketer' - Bedi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Offspinner Parvez Rasool, with figures of 7 for 45 in Chennai, was doing more than merely welcoming the Australians on their edge-of-seat tour of India. Offspin and Australians do not go well together in any case, but as they stumbled to 241 all out in a rash of shot-making, Rasool was also marking a milestone for cricket in his home state, the politically-troubled Jammu & Kashmir, and raising a toast to his Ranji Trophy coach Bishan Singh Bedi.

Bedi's most memorable advice to him over the past two seasons, Rasool said, came when he was working hard on developing his doosra. Rasool laughs when he talks of it: "Bedi sir said to me, 'If you bowl the pehla (first one) well, why do you need the doosra?" The word "doosra," when translated from Urdu, merely means the second one.

On a pitch that offered slow turn at the Guru Nanak College ground, Rasool showed control of flight and generated bounce, having Steve Smith caught at short leg and the acting captain Matthew Wade caught in the deep. Smith's dismissal triggered the slide and the last five Australian wickets fell to Rasool.

Australian opener Ed Cowan said Rasool had "held the attack up nicely." India offspinner R Ashwin sent out his compliments on Twitter: "Well done to parvez rasol. Such a nice lad. So happy for him."

Bedi called Rasool a complete package. "He has a clean action, uses his shoulder well and has a deceptive faster one," he said. "He is an orthodox offspinner, and is a brilliant all-round cricketer and a very good athlete."

His advice to Rasool this season, he said, had been simple. "I told him to be himself. When batting, hit the bloody thing, when bowling turn the bloody thing." Rasool finished the Ranji season top of both batting and bowling charts for J&K, with 594 runs, including two centuries, and 33 wickets.

Rasool became the first cricketer from his state to be selected in an Indian team to play an international side, when he was picked for India A against England in a warm-up match before the one-day series. Rasool said today that his strength was being able to control his flight. "I was able to bowl to my strengths today and remembered what Bedi sir said to me. Flight is what will make you deceive the batsman first up, don't worry if you're hit for six or four, toss the ball up."

Rasool belongs to Bij Behara, a town in the Anantnag district in the south of Kashmir valley. He came through the junior ranks, representing his state from the Under-14s onwards. His father batted for Anantnag district and an elder brother Asif played two T20 matches for J&K in 2009.

Rasool took to cricket watching Abdul Qayuum, one of Kashmir's best known players, rise through the ranks to play for North Zone. "I started my cricket based on what he had done … it is a very big thing for me to bowl against an international team today. Inshallah, if I get another chance, I will do better. I want to tell all the youngsters in my state today that if they work hard, you will get a chance."

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  • Gaurav on February 14, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas and everyone else: so he has one great match and is talked highly of by his coach, Bedi - and you think that's enough for him to qualify for playing for India?? Just out of curiosity, I saw his stats - he has played only 17 first class matches so far. :)

  • Srinivas on February 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @gpindian, and Sir, you mean Bedi doesn't know a talented spinner or all-rounder when he sees one?

  • GV on February 14, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Thanks to Bish for nurturing someone with a clean action. I love the line about the Doosra. If you bowl well with a clean action, you will not need to bend it, even if it falls within rules that have been amended in recent times to accommodate full-sleeved "bowlers". One hopes to see him in action for India, it will be refreshing for the eye - clean action, that is.

  • Gaurav on February 14, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    It surprises me that all you guys were surprised that Rasool wasnt selected in India's ODIs orT20s. He has 1 great game and you want him in the Indian squad??

  • Srinivas on February 14, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Since Rasool happens to be Bedi's student, it's going to be tough for him to make it to the Indian Team. All politics. Rasool should get his chance now. He's already 24. Alas, he and Rayudu are not from Chennai or Mumbai. Otherwise, both of them would be in the final XI, not just in the squad. Now, they are not even in the squad. What a shame!

  • Pinaki on February 14, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    not picked by any IPL team just might be a blessings for him. We want him in Tests

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Better pick than Jadeja for sure for tests

  • V on February 13, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    If Rasool is half as good as Bedi was in his prime, India will move up the test rankings very soon.

  • Al on February 13, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Agree with @Fast_Track_Bully - I hope BCCI will rope him in to the Indian squad against Australia. They should give chances to players who are in form, not players like Bhajji, Sehwag, Tendulkar, IShant - who were good 5 years ago.

  • Venkatesh on February 13, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I am surprised this guy hasnt been picked by any of the IPL franchises?!