Parvez Rassol made news for wrong reasons in 2009. By mistake, he was questioned by Bangalore police suspecting him to be in possession of explosives at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. But that is history now. The Kashmiri offspinner is making the headlines for the right reasons as he had Australian batsmen in a spin in Chennai on Monday (February 12).
Rassol who turned 24 today (February 13), celebrated his birthday a day in advance by taking 7 wickets for 45 runs in 28.3 overs for Board President's XI. Rassol learnt cricket from his coach Abdul Qayyum. Rassol's brother Asif too has played Ranji Trophy.
"It was a not a great thing to happen (Bangalore incident), whether by any mistake or an error in the machine or whatever... I didn't spend too much time thinking over it," Rassol had told PTI last month.
He comes from Bijbehara in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. He was recently picked to represent India A against England in a warm-up game and became the first cricketer from Kashmir to play for India A.
His impressive show with the ball in Chennai earned high praise from Australia Test opener Ed Cowan, who was one of Rassol's victims.
"He bowled with good control, got some good turn. Anyone who can take seven wickets can obviously turn the ball. He held it up nicely, he was excellent," the left-hander said.
So far, Rassol has 46 wickets from 17 first-class games. He is good with the bat too, scoring 1,003 runs with three centuries. His highest is 171.
Rassol credits former India spin great Bishan Singh Bedi for making him an "aggressive bowler."
"He made me an aggressive bowler. He told me to flight the ball, go for wickets. I have learnt the right things from him," Rassol had said.
Speaking after his seven-wicket haul, Rassol said he was hoping to clinch a deal with one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams.
"Firstly thanks to Allah and the 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.
"I haven't signed for an IPL team yet but hopefully if that happens I can do well and maybe play for India too," he added.
The youngster hopes that his achievement with the ball inspires people in Kashmir.
"My success in cricket so far should inspire youngsters from the State to take to the game," he said.
Rassol made his first-class debut for Jammu and Kashmir in 2008 against Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala. It was not a good first match for him as he went wicketless in both innings. In the first innings he bowled 11 overs for 58 and in the second essay he again conceded more than five runs per over with 0/85 in 16 overs.
This Ranji Trophy season, he took 33 wickets from 11 matches and also scored 594 runs with two tons. He was Jammu and Kashmir's both highest run scorer and wicket-taker in 2012-13 Ranji Trophy.
Not only a good offspinner, Rassol can also become a fine all-rounder.
In coming days, he will be hoping to continue more impressive performances and might force his way into Indian team.
Parvez Rassol Facts
Born: February 13, 1989
Plays for Jammu and Kashmir
First-class debut: 2008
First-class matches so far: 17
Highest score: 171