October 17, 2009 is a day Parvez Rassol will never forget. Arriving in Bangalore for the under-22 CK Nayudu tournament with his Jammu and Kashmir teammates, Rassol got the shock of his life when Karnataka's anti-terrorism squad arrested him for alleged traces of explosives in his kit bag.
It was a false alarm, but Rassol spent 10 hours in police custody, facing intense interrogation. Such incidents can leave one mentally scarred, but Rassol emerged unscathed.
Like that dreadful day, February 12, 2013 is also a day Rassol would like to remember, albeit for happier reasons. In one of the biggest stages of his blossoming career, the 23-year-old off-spinner had a dream run, scalping seven wickets for the Board President's XI to leave the Australians in a spin on Tuesday.
The bowling all-rounder, as he likes to call himself, was not deterred by the big stage he found himself in at the Guru Nanak College ground. He troubled the Aussies with the bounce and natural loop he got from his high-arm action, and reaped the rewards.
This was his second international experience after he was selected to play for India 'A' against England last month and he enjoyed it.
Rassol is humble, as one would expect of someone who hails from Brijbehara, a small town in Anantnag district. "It's a great achievement to do well against a team like Australia. By God's grace if I get more chances, I'll look to do my best," he said.
Rassol credited state coach Bishan Singh Bedi for his success.
"Flighting the ball is my strength and Bishan sir has helped me with it. I have to credit him for the success I have achieved as a bowler. He always advised me not to be afraid to toss the ball up," said Rassol.
Rassol recounted the best advice he got from Bedi. "He told me not to worry about experimenting with the doosra. Jab pehla accha daalte ho to doosre ki zaroorat kyon..," (if you bowl your stock delivery well why do you need the doosra) said Rassol, before breaking into a smile.