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

Rasool a 'brilliant all-round cricketer' - Bedi

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 12, 2013

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Parvez Rasool celebrates a wicket, Indian Board President's XI v Australians, tour match, Guru Nanak College Ground, Chennai, February 12, 2013
Parvez Rasool's impressive form has not let up since his successful Ranji season for J&K © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

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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Posted by gpindian 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. :)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist 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?

Posted by procleanaction 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.

Posted by gpindian 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??

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist 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!

Posted by Pinarsh255 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

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Better pick than Jadeja for sure for tests

Posted by MiddleStump 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.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 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.

Posted by venky85 on (February 13, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

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

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 13, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. Makes no difference Rasool is another overrated cricketer like jadeja. He will be thrashed clarke and co. By the way i thought ur an Aussie fan. But here ur giving selection recommendation to indian team.

Posted by JustIPL on (February 13, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

My money is for Rassol despite the fact that Aussies were mainly bowlers and only couple of batsmen. Rassol maintained his rhythm starting frontline batsmen and then running through the tail. Also, with the bat he contributed dispite the fact that wade tossed the ball to alost everyone. In short aussies were providing practice to their tail but Rasool can be the choice if selectors makeup their mind to dump Ashwin or even Bhajji.

Posted by indianpunter on (February 13, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

3 words. Fast track him !

Posted by wake_up_india on (February 13, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Playing cricket well and getting selected by the BCCI are two different things. For the latter you need to play another game.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Quick, let Rassol replace Ashwin at 8 in the very first test. Mishra should replace Ojha. Jadeja is bowling better than Ojha and Jadeja can bat at 6.

Posted by Vivekaks on (February 13, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Now this would get so many tongues waggin..about why dont we pick Rassol instead of the current test spinners. he may be really talented, but nurture him till he becomes an actual force to reckon with. one game shouldnt catapult you to the international side. A lot of grind is required. BCCI has a habit of blooding youngsters jus after a few performances, and they are equally adept at ignoring senior cricketers who are coming of age. I am sure this guy is a good talent. but give him time and nurture him and who knows we will have a talented all rounder. now that brings me to Rayudu...frankly i dont know wat wrong has Rayudu done to be constantly overlooked...he scores runs and doesnt matter how they come.. he needs to be given a fair go along with Rahane.

Posted by Paddy789 on (February 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Great prospect, Selectors should consider him!!

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 13, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

"If you bowl the pehla (first one) well, why do you need the doosra?" The statement sums up the story for Ashwin. I have lost count of variations tried by Ashwin in recent matches, of-course non of them coming to any use. I hope Ashwin is listening and is ready to correct his past mistakes.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Congrats Rasool This year u will play in international match Best of luck

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 13, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

@ Rajeshj : Excellent assessment mate.BCCI should keep him out of media hype and provide all the necessary guidance and support to him.I hope he comes good for India in the near future as our off spin cup-board is totally empty.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 13, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

The only man who will be really worried about the emergence of Rasool will be Harbhajan singh who has currently been selected in the team due to the lack of much options. Bhajji will have some sleepless nights

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 13, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Congrats! I hope BCCI will rope him in to the team immediately. You should give chances to players who are in form, not based on past achievement.

Posted by sunrisers_dktej on (February 13, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Congrats Rassol. . .U will be surely playing for Indian team on one day and become best player. I think IPL teams will be an eye on him...Sunrisersss go and bag him,he is not only a bowler but he is good batsman. Wat now sunrisers need to strengthen their indian contigent

Posted by landl47 on (February 13, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Happy birthday to Rassol, 24 today (February 13th). As yet his record is modest, but his economy rate in the shorter formats is outstanding, so he might be able to start there and work his way up.

Every young spinner needs to be given the same advice: learn to turn the ball. The reason Warne was such an amazing bowler is that he really spun the ball. Yes, it's easier to spin the ball as a legbreak bowler, but even finger-spinners can get more turn if they work at it. Bowlers like Ashwin and Mendis, who don't do much with the ball, come unstuck against top-class batting.

I hope he listens to Bedi (who was a wonderful bowler himself) and works at the basics. 'Mystery balls' turn into 4s and 6s once the batsmen have worked them out, which never takes long. If he gets some turn and bowls a good arm ball he'll do very well.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Parvez Rasool must be in playing XI against Aus in Mohali test! He is not only a good off spinner but also a very good allrounder and good athlete.

Posted by Rajeshj on (February 13, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

Congrats to Parvez and hope he develops into a good spinner for us in the near future.. But, we should exercise caution in going over the moon in just one performance.. I know the Guru Nanak cricket ground... it has an uncovered pitch and its a mine field for spinners.. you won't get to see such pitches in any international matches.. We need to provide Parvez more chances against A teams and warmup games and then slowly nurture him for international commitments.. But at this rate of media hype and Bedi hype, he could well take the road of Ashwin, who is clueless without any guidance or support and staring at the exit door in spite of obvious talent.. We need a Kumble or Maninder or even Mushtaq to nurture our spinners..

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

I would like to congratulate Saurav Ganguly and Anil Khumble for the success of Raasol ! Dada and Jumbo have changed the format of the Ranji Cricket so that one player from a smaller state will get ample uppertunity to show his mantle. Earlier format seldom bring a newcommer from a smaller state a success and the became unnoticed years after years. Thumbs Up for Bishen Sir also. "Thats the need of the Dooshra if you bowl the Pahela well"?

Posted by ankur_kaushal on (February 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

I think this guy deserves to be in Indian side asap. Man, just look at his record in Ranji. I wonder what the hell is Ashwin doing in the team even after performing so awfully in the series against England. He looked absolutely hopeless with the bowling adventures he was trying to do. I don't understand who suggested him to try out his stupid variations in test matches. Anyway, I hope this match would be an eye opener for BCCI and this guy gets a chance at least once in the series.

Posted by 123cric on (February 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Its high time Greats like Bedi Sir, Prasanna Sir or Kumble takes up the job of spin bowling coach. Mustaq Ahmed has done wonders with English side and transformed swann as a world class bowler.We need to realize that spin will always be our strength. Subcontinent spinners try to much on variety Doosra or the one which goes the other way are surprise weapons whereas our spinners use variations too much. Swann or Lyon hardly bowls the other one but they are quite successful even in alien conditions. Spin bowling is all about flight and loop and beating the batsman in the air.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (February 13, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

This is outstanding!! Hearty Congratulations Parvez!!! Taking 7-for against any side, let alone an Australian National team, is a great achievement itself. I just pray Parvez continues to work, rise through the ranks, and play for India for long long time and win many a match!! And inspire many cricketers from J&K!!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

congratulations to Rasool, who has proved hard work pays off . I congratulate selectors who went beyond their conventional method of selection to pick Rasool up from the J&K

Posted by .Raina on (February 13, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

Great to see someone getting a chance from J&K and then able to grab that with a 7-for. No matter which opposition you play, and against what team combination, deceiving the batsmen and getting them OUT, one after another, even when they are not attacking needs some talent. And this Australian combination is not WEAK, like many have tried to comment. You just need to look at their FC record. Parvez, although has himself been playing FC for 4 yrs now, he has had only 17 games so far. With experience, especially against international teams, and guidance from someone like BS Bedi, he should improve further. And he is also a very handy batter, and a decent fielder. Traditionally, because of the earlier Ranji format, it has been difficult for a person from smaller states to get noticed. And getting an opportunity much more difficult --- you need to know someone to get picked --- especially onto the next level. Even Parvez's selection was more of a wild card entry!! Good Luck to him...

Posted by Meety on (February 13, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

India may of come across a good one in Rassol!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

brilliant man awesome bowling against ausis keep it up rassol...

Posted by Vnott on (February 13, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

Parvez, look forward to seeing you in the 3rd test against the Aussies. Hope you bat well too making it impossible for the selectors to ignore.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 13, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

He is already 24. When will he get a chance or should we stick to the same old same old one series wonder Harbhajan Singh? Congrats Parvez bhai. Well done. Keep it up. Bedi's tips are priceless.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Well done and carry on... soon you will be playing in indian team and inspire a generation to be positive and work hard to achive success !!!

Posted by MinusZero on (February 12, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - Keep it in perspective sure, but THIS is Australias best up and coming players?? I think Australia have something to worry about if this lot is the next best.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 12, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Keep in mind this Australian XI consisted of 2 batsmen, 1 Wk, 3 T20 allrounders, and 5 bowlers. Well bowled but keep it in perspective.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (February 12, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Just a tour game..! Just applaud the lad and leave him alone and pray for him so that he can achieve bigger and better things in life. Dont put undue pressure on him. Well done Rasool. Keep working hard on your game.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 12, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

BCCI should give Rasool also to play in next match between India A and Australians, it is good time to test him and give more confidence to him for playing good opponents.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 12, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

India Should try new spinners now, like Parvez Rasool, Jalaj Saxena, Shahbaz Nadeem, Harmeet Singh, Vishal Joshi our spinners Bhajji and Ashwin are waste now, to keep them improving board should drop the player once he is out of form, so he will rectify the things and will comeback strongly.

Posted by MurtazaMak on (February 12, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

As a Pakistan cricket team fan and Pakistani, it is great to see someone from Kashmir coming through and making his name. All the Best Parvez!

Posted by soumyas on (February 12, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan sing both don't deserve a place in indian team.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 12, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

I wonder why IPL teams are not signed him. Rishi Dhawan and Parvez Rassool are the two heros from plate leage.

Posted by AjberTheGangulian on (February 12, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Happy to see youngsters seeking the help of seniors and do not follow the Kohli way

Posted by cricexpt on (February 12, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

Rasool should be in the team in place of Ashwin who is just occupying space in the team. Ashwin has nothing to show against quality opponents. Rasool is a fighter that india needs at the moment, becoz he comes from a state where there are less facilities. Good facilities and good exposure can make him a world beater. He seems to be another bajji in the making. Good luck Rasool.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

If only BEDI cud curb his CHIRPS he would make a brilliant SPIN BOWLING COACH INDIA is crying out for, Ashvin has been found out by the opposition and BHAJI is a pale shadow. We need guys like Rasool and Ali Murtoza who turn the ball better thn Bhaji n Ashvin and field better and also bat.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Wow what an allrounder , he needs to be groomed alongside team India , musn't waste this talent :o

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

i beg selectors to take parveez rasool in the team and drop ashwin and bhajji ojha and rasool should be good spinners for india umesh yadav,bhuvneswar singh, vaaron aaron,shami ahmed ,irfan pathan should be future bowlers for india

Posted by RK.Chandru on (February 12, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Don't be in a hurry to put pressure on him or to try making him a hero overnight based on just one performance. He doesn't even have 3 wickets per match in first class cricket and a moderate bowler needs to have at least 4 per match. He's just another bits and pieces player like a Jadeja or an Ashwin; bats a bit and bowls a bit. Let him do well consistently in the domestic circuit for a full season or two and then let's assess him. being captain himself then, Bedi took all his wickets by bowling at one end constant and leaving only the other end for other bowlers in rotation and his opinion needn't be taken very serious... Never assess any player by sheer one or two performances and there are certain players who can only do well in domestic circuit and would fail miserably when thrown against tougher international opponents. let's only hope Rassol isn't one like that.

Posted by Nampally on (February 12, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Great show Parvez- Keep it up. India needs to support youngsters like Rassol & V.Joshi as the future off spinners.Both are talented youngsters. Going back to the past with washed out Harbhajan is a huge retrograde. India did the same against England making it appear that there are no off spinners in whole of India. When Bedi is Rassol's coach, you can expect the same type of Bedi like commitment. His 7 for 45 in 28 overs showed how good he was. V.Joshi of Saurashtra is another fine off spin talent. Nadeem is not even on the Selector's radar while he is the topmost spinner in the Ranji this year with 42 wkts. India has great talent. The Selectors need to open their eyes wide & do their job. How many carrers of real talent have been ruined by these selectors. Indian squad selection is a bizzare one & has no known criteria. How can you develop a winning team with this attitude of selecting laced with politics.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 12, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Just calculated it. 33 wickets at 18.03 and 594 runs at 54. Oh my God! Actually I did not pay attention a month back as it was in Ranji Plate league (the weaker of the two leagues) and then Services reach Semis and all. Definitely MVP (most valuable player) of the Plate League. Any way, pretty similar to what Ravindra Jadeja did this Ranji Season. I think if we have these 3 guys (Jadeja, Rassol and Ashwin) in overseas tests I think it will solve most of our spin problems as they will not be a burden to the team (They can contribute with the bat). But the main test remains how good are their defences against quality fast bowling. Ashwin's I know is very good; Jadeja and Rassol (if he comes for national test selection and I hope he does) are untested yet. Tomorrow, probably, he gets a small opportunity.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Bishen Singh Bedi should be appointed Spin bowling coach. He will make technical changes and make them bowl well like Rassol did today.

Posted by Scube on (February 12, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

God given gift to the bare Indian spin cup board! Hope, Rassol soon replaces the leading half-tracker in the Indian team! But, he might have to first play for CSK and completely lose his skills in the process! He will then promptly play for India as the next half-tracker! sigh!

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