New Delhi: Considered a symbol of hope for sport in Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez Rasool is an inspiring story from a picturesque valley and one that goes beyond the realm of sport.

Indian squad for Zimbabwe tour
     
By becoming the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to earn an India call-up, Rasool has highlighted the fact that there is abundance of talent that exists in the deep interiors.
     
The 24-year-old Rasool was named in the Indian team for the upcoming ODI tour of Zimbabwe.

Parvez Rasool not surprised by India call-up
     
Was once detained on false suspicion of carrying explosives

However, Rasool was once detained in Bangalore on the false suspicion of carrying explosives. He made headlines after being named in the India A and Board President’s XI squad for the warm-up matches against England and Australia in late 2012 and early this year.
     
Rasool returned impressive figures of 7/45 against the Aussies in February. In that particular match he was also the second highest scorer for his team with 36.
     
Rasool plays for Pune Warriors India in IPL

The all-rounder cashed in on the opportunity to become the first cricketer from the valley to bag an IPL contract when he was signed by Pune Warriors India ahead of the sixth edition of the cash-rich T20 league.
     
Through his performances, he has earned accolades from the legendary Bishan Singh Bedi, who had coached Jammu & Kashmir in the past season, besides a host of others from the cricket community.

It’s just a beginning: Rasool

The rejuvenated Rasool said it was "just the beginning" and he has a long way to go. "After proving the faith of all the cricket fans from the state, I hope I can do the same for the entire nation," he said.
     
He hails from Beijbehara, a small town in Kashmir, which is hardly a speck on the country's cricketing map. If not poor, facilities for playing the game are modest at best.
     
The political turmoil in the valley only makes it more difficult for the talented cricketers to make it big. But Rasool has been a one of a kind.
     
Rasool has impressive performances in first-class cricket

A man of many firsts, Rasool has been in contention for national selection for a while now after a string of impressive performances at first-class level.
     
Rasool was the standout performer for Jammu & Kashmir in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy, ending the season as its top scorer and highest wicket-taker.
     
In his seven Ranji matches, Rasool scored 594 runs at 54 with two centuries, and took 33 wickets at 18.09 to finish as the third-highest wicket-taker among spinners in the tournament.
     
Rasool, who made his first-class debut for J&K in the 2008-09 season, has played 17 first-class matches, scoring 1003 runs and taking 46 wickets.

(JPN/Agencies)

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