India in Zimbabwe 2013 July 5, 2013

Consistent Rasool expected India call-up

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Parvez Rasool was practising in Bijbehara, a remote village in the Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir, when he started getting calls from his friends and the media. At the same time, a Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Associaltion official confirmed to him what he had been waiting to hear for a long time.

After creating a series of firsts earlier in the 2012-13 season - Rasool became the first J&K player to be picked for India A, the first from the state to compete against an international side and also the first J&K cricketer to earn an IPL contract - he realised his long-cherished dream of earning a national call-up, when he was named in India's ODI squad for the tour to Zimbabwe starting July 24.

Once the selectors decided to rest R Ashwin, Rasool was their first choice as a replacement.

With the kind of domestic season Rasool had - 33 wickets at just over 18 apiece in the Ranji Trophy, followed by a seven-wicket haul in a tour game against the Australians - he was far from being surprised after being included in the squad.

"To be honest, I always expected to be picked in the squad. Not that I was overconfident but I thought if they (selectors) decide to rest a few regulars, then Zimbabwe (tour) would be my best chance to become an international cricketer," Rasool told ESPNcricinfo. "And with the kind of consistent season I had, I think I was just in expecting a call-up."

At the same time, Rasool said it was "just the beginning and he has a long way to go".

"After proving the faith of all the cricket fans from the state, I hope I can do the same for the entire nation," Rasool said.

Bishan Singh Bedi, who coached Jammu & Kashmir last season, and has rated Rasool highly, reiterated the offspinner's strengths. "He is technically very sound off-break bowler," Bedi told PTI. "I used to tell him that his offbreak is good enough and he doesn't need a doosra."

The opportunity may have come with India choosing to rest their first-choice bowlers, but Bedi said that for Rasool, it was a chance to show that he belongs to the highest level.

"Why in the world should Rasool think about competing with Ashwin? Ashwin has created his niche and it's Rasool's turn to impress the team management with his prowess," he said. "Just because Ashwin might come back tomorrow doesn't stop Rasool from grabbing this opportunity with both hands. He did well against visiting sides to show he belongs to the level. Now he has made the cut and most importantly he should get proper match time."

Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta, who worked with Rasool at the Pune Warriors during IPL 2013, said Rasool didn't lose heart when he was not being included in the XI and responded by working even harder. "What I liked about him was his ability to soak in information," he said. "Even our coach Allan Donald was impressed with his work ethics and sincerity. He is humble, always ready to learn and is a team man to the core."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on July 7, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    Congrats. to both Nadeem & Rasool in making the squad. Both are good alternative spinners to Ashwin & Jadeja, but have been by passed for a while. Nadeem is the leading wkt. taker in the Ranji spinners for 2012/13.This squad looks good with many youngster like Mohit Sharma, Pandey, Kaul, Unadkat, Shami in the pace attack. This will provide back up for both Yadev & Ishant, if they continue their uneconomical bowling. Pujara who is being groomed for Test Captaincy, for about 2 years, is an ideal choice to lead the squad. The Selectors have neglected the Captaincy issue for long time by making Dhoni the Captain in all 3 formats. India definitely needs 3 Captains for 3 formats.. This will answer non availability of Dhion due to injury. I wish all the youngsters best of luck in living up to the high expectations that their talent has shown. I think this is one of the most inclusive squad of high performers. The selectors deserve high praise for taking this approach of team building..

  • IPLSTARS on July 7, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    All the best Parvez, Wishing you more success at the international level...

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Parveez Rasool writes his name in the history books,as he became the first cricketer frm the valley to be included in the indian squad,,surely a dream come true for him, i must admit ‎#hats off to him

  • sharidas on July 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Thrilled that Rasool has been selected. Well done selectors ! I wish Rasool all the best and hope to see him in the Indian team for a long time !

  • zorrotsongo on July 6, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    This is a beginning for the cricketers from J&K to represent country. After the last ODI held in Srinagar against Australia, no matches so far. Boys in J&K motivated by Rasool's inclusion and more guys would follow the game, results international match to be played in this valley venue like Dharamshala. All the best Rasool.

  • PeterJerome on July 6, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    His big statements already tell of the lion-heartedness of the man. All the best Rasool. Job well done selectors. You guys continue to amaze us fans. Long live the current selection team.

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    To come from a troubled state, very happy to see him represent the country. He could well be the goodwill ambassador and would influence many from his state to take up sport more seriously and that even J&K people could represent the country and would not be sidelined.

  • android_user on July 6, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    hope he gets a long career ahead for india.....

  • class9ryan on July 6, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    They say hard-work pays off and it certainly does. It should not take much long for him to enter Test cricket becoz he is so fit than the other spinners in our country and importantly a bowler who has flight and now a days Indian selectors and Dhoni give lot of priorty for fitness.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 6, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Times change and with changing times, the view broadens. So, why so much surprise about kids being picked from Jarkhand/HP/J&K? As long as you can compete at the highest levels and prove yourself, you will get your chance.

    India (BCCI selection committee) has moved away to the far left from the yester-years selection dichotomy. Let's celebrate the selection committee for once.