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Rasool fuels J-K’s dreams with a brilliant century

Parvez Rasool has been given credit for the resurgence of cricket in violence-marred Jammu and Kashmir. And why not, he remains the crisis man for the Ranji team.

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2014 09:27 IST
Firoz Mirza

Parvez Rasool has been given credit for the resurgence of cricket in violence-marred Jammu and Kashmir. And why not, he remains the crisis man for the Ranji team.

Every time they are in trouble, it’s skipper Rasool they look up to, and the all-rounder more often than not measures up to the team’s expectations. Thursday was no different as he once again came to the rescue of his team with a brilliant century (103 – 11 fours, 1 six) against former champions Punjab on the second day of the quarterfinals.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/1/rasool.jpg

It is this ability to respond to the situation that makes Rasool indispensable for the team. And his contribution has been there at every crucial juncture in the campaign this Ranji season. He is not only the leading run scorer for J and K but also ranks fourth in the list of leading wicket takers.

Days of oblivion

Rasool might have become a familiar name in cricketing circles but behind this recognition lies years of oblivion, when J and K cricketers were not even counted among future prospects. This negligence seems to have spurred Rasool to make the world take notice of him.

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Rasool has revolutionised J and K cricket. His maiden stint with the now-defunct Pune Warriors India gave hope to the Valley’s players that cricket can be pursued as a career. His selection to the ODI squad has fuelled many dreams.

Rasool’s rise is summed up by longtime teammate Samiullah Beig. “There was a time when our performances would go unnoticed. We might get selected for Duleep Trophy but not get to play. No hard feeling as it is bound to happen. Players from the more successful teams were the obvious choice,” Beig told HT. “But Rasool’s meteoric rise has changed everything. People now take notice of J and K players. He certainly is an inspiration.”