Tripura v J&K, Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group C, 4th day January 2, 2014

'A big, big thing for J&K cricket' - Rasool

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Before the historic achievement of progressing to the Ranji knockouts on Thursday, Jammu & Kashmir players spent a few nervous moments on the field, brushing up their maths skills to check their chances of qualifying.

J&K were placed third, behind Maharashtra and Goa, and the pressure was on after Goa won on New Year's Day against Andhra. That left J&K and Goa on an equal numbers of victories, which meant J&K either had to win, or take the first-innings points and ensure they have a higher quotient. They took first-innings points and ensured they had a higher quotient. Just higher; Goa's was 1.005, J&K ended on 1.006.

"This is a big, big thing for Jammu & Kashmir cricket," captain Parvez Rasool told ESPNcricinfo."The whole region, I think, must be very happy that the team has qualified for the knockouts.

"Honestly, I didn't sleep very well last night. Even today, I was worried about what exactly was needed. We had to work out the calculations because of Goa winning outright. We bowled very well in the match, because we had to make sure that we got Tripura out to get some points from the game. Without the bowling, it would have been hard."

After taking a first-innings lead of 45, J&K had to restrict Tripura again in order to score quickly to increase their quotient. Tripura, 103 for 2 overnight, were dismissed for 272 as Rasool bagged 7 for 87, his first five-for this season in the Ranji Trophy.

"This was the first time I got some turn from the pitch," Rasool said. "In all the matches that we have played till now, I didn't get much help. The fast bowlers, however, were bowling well throughout the season. Till last year, there were only one or two boys who used to perform, but this year, everyone is chipping in. There is unity in this team.

"It was good to be back in form as this was a crunch situation for us and the weather wasn't looking great either. For me, this was the right time to deliver. It was important today that I was there in the middle because a captain should lead from the front and it worked out well."

Samiullah Beigh, J&K's highest wicket-taker of the season and among the top ten with 33 wickets at an average of 27.54, said the team was nervous because they were not getting much help from the pitch and taking the remaining eight wickets was not easy.

"It was a flat and non-responsive wicket, so we had to put extra effort to get the wickets," Beigh said. "On top of that, we had to stay in touch with the calculations. There are only one or two boys who could work it out, so we were up till late in the night.

"Parvez is one of our most important players, but it has been a tough season for him. Finally, he clicked in the most important match for us."

Opener Adil Rishi, their highest run-scorer of the season, made 78 in the first innings but survived only four balls in the second. He said the track was doing enough to keep them anxious throughout.

"While batting we didn't want to lose wickets but we lost two and the ball was gripping and bouncing a bit," Rishi said. "Our batsmen scored some runs and even luck favoured us. At drinks we calculated again and thought of pushing the score towards 100 but it was risky and the match referee said we had scored enough to qualify.

"I'm happy with my performances, but I should have had more runs because about three dismissals went against me so I wanted to score more. By the grace of God, I scored well and I would want to end the season with 700-750 runs."

J&K won four out of eight matches this season as opposed to only two last time when they finished seventh in Group C. Rishi attributed the success to the long-term planning the team had put in, along with the guidance of former coach Bishan Bedi last season.

"Last year also we got some outright wins and Bedi Sir had motivated us by saying that we can qualify and we played with the same optimism this season," Rishi said.

J&K now face Punjab in Baroda for the quarter-finals from January 8, but the team needs to work on its fielding and bowling before the big match.

"Our bowling unit has to work extra hard because our fielding is not good," Beigh said. "We dropped a few catches, the day before we dropped four or five. Ek-ek player ko do-do baar out karna padta hai (We have to dismiss each player twice)."

"We have to work on our fielding," Rishi concurred. "We have hardly changed our playing XI this season and that has helped our performances. Our morale is high and inshallah we'll win the next match."

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo; Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 8, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    j&k played very good in this seasion .why this team match is not live on tv.and this team players are not selected in ipl with out a one person that is parveez rassol only 2 matches played in ipl plz notic about this team and players proformes...... thanxxxxxz..

  • on January 5, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    well done j&k well done parveez. keep it up we want to see u in finals proud kashmiris

  • fuji-one on January 4, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    I have been keenly following JK this season, maybe it is my good luck that they qualified. Some expertise opinion, They need to be more consistent. Their matches produce mostly two results, a win or a lost.. I hope they will work hard. Good luck for quarters mates

  • Aligyawer on January 4, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Keep it up boys..will love to see u guys winning more matches and proving ur mettle...

  • teobonamis on January 4, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    happy for J.K. but what a cruel fate for Goa. This was by far the best performance by Goa in Ranji. They missed by a whisker. I'm sure they'll qualify next year

  • Vilander on January 3, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Very happy with this development, hopefully we will get our own versions of Junaid Khans and Ajmals now..cant wait.

  • indiaindiyeah on January 3, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    very happy to see J&K doing so well. Cmon guys, I want to see you on the top of the list...

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    congratulations to J&K...proud indian...hope to see a North East states in cricket map of india...

  • Johnny_129 on January 3, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Maybe the rise of J&K will see India produce classy pace bowlers in the future! Good luck to J&K.

  • Naresh28 on January 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    I once read about "NORTHERN LIGHTS" two fast bowlers from this region. One was the heavily built Abid Nabi (looks more like a Shoib Ahktar) and Samiullah Beigh. These guys must prove themselves and also put J&K on the cricket map.

  • on January 8, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    j&k played very good in this seasion .why this team match is not live on tv.and this team players are not selected in ipl with out a one person that is parveez rassol only 2 matches played in ipl plz notic about this team and players proformes...... thanxxxxxz..

  • on January 5, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    well done j&k well done parveez. keep it up we want to see u in finals proud kashmiris

  • fuji-one on January 4, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    I have been keenly following JK this season, maybe it is my good luck that they qualified. Some expertise opinion, They need to be more consistent. Their matches produce mostly two results, a win or a lost.. I hope they will work hard. Good luck for quarters mates

  • Aligyawer on January 4, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Keep it up boys..will love to see u guys winning more matches and proving ur mettle...

  • teobonamis on January 4, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    happy for J.K. but what a cruel fate for Goa. This was by far the best performance by Goa in Ranji. They missed by a whisker. I'm sure they'll qualify next year

  • Vilander on January 3, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Very happy with this development, hopefully we will get our own versions of Junaid Khans and Ajmals now..cant wait.

  • indiaindiyeah on January 3, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    very happy to see J&K doing so well. Cmon guys, I want to see you on the top of the list...

  • on January 3, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    congratulations to J&K...proud indian...hope to see a North East states in cricket map of india...

  • Johnny_129 on January 3, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Maybe the rise of J&K will see India produce classy pace bowlers in the future! Good luck to J&K.

  • Naresh28 on January 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    I once read about "NORTHERN LIGHTS" two fast bowlers from this region. One was the heavily built Abid Nabi (looks more like a Shoib Ahktar) and Samiullah Beigh. These guys must prove themselves and also put J&K on the cricket map.

  • yadavharish on January 3, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    well done J&K .KEEP IT UP

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 3, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Well done!. Keep doing the good work. Hope to see Rasool in National team.

  • azeemparayil on January 3, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    its a great moment for j@k cricket , welcome back to services and jarkhand to group c

  • aijazulhaq on January 3, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    We wish you all the best. You have made us proud. Just give your best in the knockout match as well. Insha'Allah you going to win Best wishes again

  • tufail_sofi on January 3, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Well done & ol d bst fo upcomng matches

  • on January 3, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    I am really happy about my state J&K team the performance they have put up.I have been following all their matches and believe they could have done much better.....

  • jaygoogly on January 2, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Glad to see J&K team do well and progressing to the knock out stage. Exciting to see new talent and hopefully we will see J&K players becoming stars on the national team

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 2, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    If there is heaven on earth it is here, it is here it is here. These are the words spoken a few hundred years ago by a besotted Mughal emperor for Kashmir and they ring true even today.

    Make your state proud by advancing beyond quarterfinals.

  • on January 2, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Welldone guys whole j&k is very much proud of you. Keep on going and keep on making it big trough semis and than grand finale.

    We truly as kashmiris are proud of you all. All the very best for the upcomming matches lets rock.guys!!! Lets rock!!!!""

  • on January 2, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    We will win inshallah...parvez rasool is the best allrounder for India..best of luck for future...

  • on January 2, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Im happy for my State's team J&K. Time to go for the Kill. We got the opportunity & we need to capitalize big time. Plzzzz don't leave it to Next Season. Do it now. All the Best guyzz...whole J&K is with you.

  • on January 2, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    well played , enjoy the game

  • AyaazBhat on January 2, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Really well played brothers!Insha'ALLAH we will win!Just believe in urself and give ur 100%!Prove to the world that J&K has the best talent! Its high time that Our Establishment works for the betterment of Cricket in our state!

  • Rayvolution on January 2, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Parvez Rasool seems a certainty for the 2015 World Cup and may even be a surprise selection for the T20 WC in Bangladesh. More I read about him, more I'm impressed! A blessing in disguise for him not getting a game in Zimbabwe - his performance would have gone unnoticed just like Amit Mishra. Cheerio boys, well done indeed!

  • Shabir003 on January 2, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Well played boys keep up it in next round congrats jk team.this performance will boost young guns of jk so they represent jk in big leauges ultimately team india.jkca host leauges at district level so see players who has talent that represent jk.best of luck in future

  • on January 2, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Well played Team J&K. Parvez Rasool if u r reading this i just want to tell u that we are with u. Go for the kill. Play fearless cricket and In Sha Allah we will be victorious. I have never followed Ranji matches previously but u guys are the reason that i check Ranji the score each and every session.. Adil Reshi u have got a big role to play now. waiting for the double century from u.. Best wishes to ID Singh, S beigh, Haroon, Ram Dayal and each and every member of J&K Team. U made us proud.. Now go for the kill.

  • eijaz786 on January 2, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    well played u r making us proud .COME HOME WITH TROPHY.inshallah

  • on January 2, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    well played..Keep it up

  • balajik2505 on January 2, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Hi J&K welcome to the knock out and best wishes. Even if you don't win, this will give confidence for the future. Build on this.

  • on January 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    well played boys. the whole nation is behind u. you people have made us proud. do play well in the semis and give hundred percent to make it to next round.

  • on January 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Well played team J & K,,, Proud moment for all of us... love you team,,, Play well in the Knock Out Round and bring the trophy home... Best Wishes !!

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  • on January 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Well played team J & K,,, Proud moment for all of us... love you team,,, Play well in the Knock Out Round and bring the trophy home... Best Wishes !!

  • on January 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    well played boys. the whole nation is behind u. you people have made us proud. do play well in the semis and give hundred percent to make it to next round.

  • balajik2505 on January 2, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Hi J&K welcome to the knock out and best wishes. Even if you don't win, this will give confidence for the future. Build on this.

  • on January 2, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    well played..Keep it up

  • eijaz786 on January 2, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    well played u r making us proud .COME HOME WITH TROPHY.inshallah

  • on January 2, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Well played Team J&K. Parvez Rasool if u r reading this i just want to tell u that we are with u. Go for the kill. Play fearless cricket and In Sha Allah we will be victorious. I have never followed Ranji matches previously but u guys are the reason that i check Ranji the score each and every session.. Adil Reshi u have got a big role to play now. waiting for the double century from u.. Best wishes to ID Singh, S beigh, Haroon, Ram Dayal and each and every member of J&K Team. U made us proud.. Now go for the kill.

  • Shabir003 on January 2, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Well played boys keep up it in next round congrats jk team.this performance will boost young guns of jk so they represent jk in big leauges ultimately team india.jkca host leauges at district level so see players who has talent that represent jk.best of luck in future

  • Rayvolution on January 2, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Parvez Rasool seems a certainty for the 2015 World Cup and may even be a surprise selection for the T20 WC in Bangladesh. More I read about him, more I'm impressed! A blessing in disguise for him not getting a game in Zimbabwe - his performance would have gone unnoticed just like Amit Mishra. Cheerio boys, well done indeed!

  • AyaazBhat on January 2, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Really well played brothers!Insha'ALLAH we will win!Just believe in urself and give ur 100%!Prove to the world that J&K has the best talent! Its high time that Our Establishment works for the betterment of Cricket in our state!

  • on January 2, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    well played , enjoy the game