Another feather in Parvez Rasool’s cap

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir skipper Parvez Rasool’s ever growing stocks had a massive lift Thursday, with the all-rounder emerging as one of the high profile picks among the uncapped players on the second and final day of Indian Premier League auction held at Bangalore.
The Bijbehara lad fetched whopping Rs 9.5 million (95 lakh) with Sunrisers Hyderabad pocketing him after outbidding Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had fiercely fought for the all-rounder.
It has been yet another feather in Parvez’s infant career, not only earning a fat contract, but also how strongly he was being viewed in Indian cricket. The jackpot comes after the J&K skipper shone with both bat and ball in successive Ranji Trophy seasons, remerging as one of the best all-rounders in the competition. Parvez so very closely missed the Indian cap after making it to the squad that toured Zimbabwe last year and became the first player from the state to bag an IPL contract last season, representing erstwhile Pune Warriors.
While J&K  had a disappointing day at the auction overall with other  six players from the state-Samiullah Beigh, Umar Nazir, Abid Nabi, Ram Dayal, ID Singh and Shubham Khajuria- failing to attract any buyer, Parvez proved to be the shining light, surging to the prominence with the lucrative deal.
Parvez feels it was his hard work and commitment to the game that helped him to get a fat contract.
“I would like to thank Allah for all this. Over the years I have worked hard despite various difficulties, and now that is paying off,” Parvez told Kashmir Reader from Jammu where is undergoing trails in the buildup to domestic limited overs’ season.
The 25-year all-rounder said that without his father’s help and guidance, a cricketer himself, he wouldn’t have been what he was today.
“I may not have been born in a rich family, but my father has never let that to impede my growth as a cricketer. He has been all help and encouraging over the years which had helped me to achieve on the field and off it,” said Parvez of his father, Ghulam Rasool Zargar, who used to be a well known cricketer in Bijbehara town in his hey days.
More than money, Parvez claims, that rubbing shoulders with the ‘best in the business’ would contribute to his overall growth as cricketer.
“For a cricketer like me, money isn’t everything. I will get chance to learn the tricks of the trade from someone like Tom Moody (SRH coach), Dale Steyn, Shikhar Dhawan and many great cricketers that are part of our team,” said the new SRH recruit, who had limited opportunities with Warriors last season.
A total of 84 players—majority of them lesser known Indian players—were bought by franchises with leg-spinner Karan Sharma and all-rounder Rishi Dhawan becoming two most expensive buys on the day.