Pune, May 10: Describing his IPL debut as "the proudest day" of his life, Pune Warriors' bowler Parvez Rasool dedicated his first match performance to the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, from where the offspinner comes from.
It was a special day for Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (May 9) as Rasool became the first cricketer from the state to play in IPL. Rasool debuted against Kolkata Knight Riders.
"Yes, this is the proudest day of my life. And the whole of Jammu and Kashmir was watching today's match and I am proud of that. I would like to dedicate my debut performance to the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir and all the well-wishers all around India," Rasool told IPL's official website on Thursday (May 9).
"I feel really great today. First of all, thanks to Almighty Allah, I have made it this far. It felt really nice to get an opportunity in the IPL and be able to perform at this level," he added.
On his maiden IPL wicket, which was Jacques Kallis, Rasool said: "Jacques Kallis is definitely a legend; the best all-rounder in cricket. So, it felt really good to get his wicket. After that, I also got a caught behind shout, but unfortunately my appeal was turned down by the umpire. But that happens sometimes. However, Jacques Kallis' wicket was something truly special for me."
Rasool finished his bowling quota of four overs with figures of 1/23. KKR won the game by 46 runs. With the bat, Rasool made 1.