'It's important to be consistent'

'It's important to be consistent'
Parvez Rasool evinces excitement in Indian cricketing circles. Coming from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, with limited cricketing pedigree, Rasool’s exploits generate considerable interest. His international debut in 2014, though, didn't attract more opportunities. The 27-year-old, who closely follows Ravichandran Ashwin, however insists he is now an improved off-spinner and keen to make his chances count.

The season has gone well for Rasool, who took 38 wickets in 2016-2017 Ranji Trophy at 23.86. He was also part of India ‘A’ in the second warm-up game against England, where he took 3/38, picking Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.

“I was preparing for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20) when I got the call from BCCI in the morning. I didn't even know that Ashwin and Jadeja were rested. I am in good form, and it is a great opportunity for me,” Rasool, told DH. “When I made my debut in 2014, I took two wickets. Then Ashwin did very well, and today he is the No 1 bowler in the world.  I have followed Ashwin closely and studied his revolutions by watching them on You tube. Now I have got the opportunity again, and I am eager to get success. It is important to perform consistently.”

Rasool gives credits to the session he had at the National Cricket Academy. “It happened around June-July, before Ranji Trophy and focused on spinners. Narendra  Hirwani and Nikhil Chopra were there. The small shifts they suggested, like how to bowl with the shine better, the position of your non-bowling arm etc, made a big difference.”

In the Indian Premier League, Rasool has represented Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad and, most recently, Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he observed top stars like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers closely. Kohli, though, left him most impressed. “I feel he is not from this planet. The dedication and intensity he brings to his practice sessions, I have not seen before. It leaves you inspired.”

The T20 format is unforgiving for the bowlers, especially spinners. Rasool chooses to remain positive. “I know it will be a challenge but there will be plenty to guide me. I am very eager to hold interactions with Anil Kumble. God willing, all will be well,” said Rasool, who finds Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow as best players of spin in the England side.

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