New Delhi, May 29: The Bangladesh tour will be his second stint with the Indian team and Parveez Rasool feels he has become a better cricketer in the interim period having led Jammu and Kashmir from the front.
"Obviously, you play cricket because you want to represent India. It was a dream come true when I was selected for the Zimbabwe tour. This time it's more of a relief that I am back where I want to belong," Rasool told PTI over phone from Srinagar yesterday after he was named in the 15-member squad for a three-match ODI series in Bangladesh.
He thinks it was his performance for Jammu and Kashmir in the last Ranji Trophy season, where they lost to Punjab in a hard-fought quarter-final, that clinched the issue for him.
"I firmly believe good performance in Ranji Trophy never goes unnoticed. I had scored close to 600 runs and taken more than 35 wickets. If I am in the Indian team, it is because of my performances for J&K. Some of them were match-winning performances. I was unlucky that my century and five-wicket haul against Punjab went in vain," said the 'Poster Boy' of J&K.
He also feels that being appointed captain the state team changed him as a player.
"Being captain means that you have to lead by example. We had to do something special and I had to shoulder more responsibility. That made me a better cricketer," admits Rasool.
He was a bit guarded when asked about his chances of making the playing eleven in Bangladesh.
"That's a decision of the team management. My job is to remain ready for the opportunity."
He said that he is working on carrom ball to add a new weapon in his armoury.
"My stock ball is off -break but I am also keen on developing a good carrom ball. For that, you need big palms and lot of strength in your fingers. Inshallah, I possess both qualities," Rasool said.