Parvez Rasool says he can do well in IPL, hopes to play for India

Parvez Rasool

His confidence boosted by the impressive bowling show against Australia in the first warm-up game on Tuesday, young Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool believes that he can do well at the big stage, including at the IPL, and eventually play for the country.

"Firstly thanks to Allah and the selectors who have given me this opportunity. It's a great achievement for me to do so well against a team like Australia so by God's grace if I get more chances, I'll look to do my best," he said after his effort of seven for 45 which led to Australia being bowled out for just 241.

"I haven't signed for an IPL team yet but hopefully if that happens I can do well and maybe play for India too," said 23-year-old Rasool, who recently became first cricketer from the Kashmir Valley to be picked for India 'A' team for a warm-up game against England.

He expressed satisfaction at being able to deceive Australian Test players Matthew Wade and Steven Smith leading to their dismissal today.

"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, "I'm from Brijbehara in the Anantnag district of Kashmir and my coach there was Abdul Qayyum who has played a good level of cricket and I learnt the game from him before I played junior cricket or my state.

"I played junior cricket at all levels. My father and brother have played cricket. My brother Asif has played Ranji trophy too," he said when asked about his background.

Asked if he has become a role model for youngsters in Anantnag, he said, "Definitely, I'll work hard and do my best."

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