Rassol expresses desire to play IPL and for India

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Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:35 [IST]
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New Delhi, Feb 14: Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rassol after his impressive show against Australia in the first warm-up game at Chennai, has expressed his desire to play the IPL and for the country.

Playing for Board President's XI in the warm-up game, Rassol first impressed everyone with the ball as he claimed 7/45 to bowl out Australia to 241 on Tuesday while his batting display on Wednesday was also arguably good, as he secured 36 runs off 54 deliveries including four boundaries and a six.

Rassol wants to play IPL and for India

"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 after his effort of seven for 45 which led to Australia being bowled out for just 241.

The first cricketer to represent India A from Kashmir, Parvez Rassol has shown interest in playing the lucrative league.

"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.

Having dismissed Matthew Wade, Steven Smith and others, Rassol said that he was extremely happy with his performance.

"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.

Attributing his success to coach Abdul Qayyam, Rassol 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."

Rassol also credited former India skipper and left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi for his success.

"I have to credit him for all the success I have achieved as a bowler. He always advised me to not be afraid of tossing the ball up to look for wickets. He has helped me a lot in using the flight of the ball as my weapon," he said. "He told me not to worry about experimenting with a doosra. Jab pehla accha daalte ho to doosre ki zaroorat kyon."


Story first published:  Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:33 [IST]
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