At 25, he has witnessed the highs and lows. From being interrogated by the police for his alleged involevement with terror outfits to making it to the Indian team---life couldn’t have been a better jigsaw puzzle for the all-rounder. Hailing from Jammu & Kashmir, this gentleman has gone through troublesome times, but even all that couldn’t help Rasool stay away from cricket. Speaking to this correspondent before the start of the season, Rasool had made it clear that their target would be to battle the odds and win a Ranji Trophy title.
And on Wednesday, they took a giant leap.
Defeating Mumbai at their den isn’t something you do everyday, but a gritty Jammu & Kashmir side held their nerves to create history, taming the 40-time champions by four wickets. And, ask any cricketer from the team about the reason behind such a success, they would unanimously come up with one answer--- Rasool’s leadership.
Old-timer Shamiullah Beigh echoes a similar view. Having seen the Jammu & Kashmir team battle past the odds, Beigh says that Rasool’s captaincy has been a big boost for the team from the valley. “That’s what makes the difference. Parvez always leads from the front, and has been able to transform the team into a big family. That has helped,” Beigh told ABP Live from Mumbai.
The victory yet to sink in, but the Kashmiri players have already set a target for themselves. “With Parvez encouraging us, our main target is to make it to the final of the Ranji Trophy. It’s tough, but not impossible,” Beigh added.
This team spirit has made the difference for the young side. Even a few years back, the Jammu & Kashmir players looked happy playing at the Plate group. But over the years, things have changed. Despite the state cricket association finding itself in rough waters with charges of misusing funds, the cricketers from the state have now found some one to look up to. The name, well, is Parvez!
Be it a young Shubham Khajuria or a Hardeep , they now can at least dream of donning the India cap someday. “That’s what Parvez has been able to do. He has inspired a lot of youngsters, and that has certainly helped the team grow,” Rasool’s coach Abdul Qayum said.
Citing examples of Khajuria making it to the India U-19 team, Qayum admitted that it’s the mindset that has helped the team grow leaps and bounds. “It’s certainly a big moment for the state. Young guys like Shubham have made tjeir presence felt. That’s really encouaging.”
From being terror struck, the Kashmir valley has finally found a new hero in Rasool, and they want him to show the way. “Making it to the 30-member probables for the World Cup is itself a big achievement. Parvez’s feat has made every Kashmiri proud,” the coach admitted.
From being another low-string side to stunning Mumbai at the Wankhede, Rasool’s Kashmir have come a long way. And, proving the adage ‘if there’s a will, there’s a way’ true, the bunch of young guns have finally found a rolemodel for themselves. He could be young, he could be of a low-profile, but for young Kashmir, it’s Parvez bhai, they trust!