It was through one of cousins, who also lives in Bijbehera, I first got to hear a lot of good things about the then unknown Parvez Rasool way back in 2007. He was in awe of young hometown prodigy, expressing his stroke-play in the streets and playgrounds, second to none work ethics, and, more importantly, commitment to do something big in the sport. I didn’t give him much attention then and parried his observation as mere exaggeration.
And, it was in October 2009 that Parvez’s name thudded into my mind again. He beamed through all Indian TV channels and was reported by all and sundry in print media; not for his cricketing prowess though. Bangalore police arrested Parvez and one of his teammates participating in an under-22 tournament accusing them of carrying explosive devices, only to free them for the want of evidence. Parvez’s maiden brush to ‘fame’ was something he wouldn’t have appreciated. He responded to the incident with a blistering half century day after, to give an inkling of what he was capable of doing on the field.
That infamous Bangalore incident seems to be an event of different era, now. Since then, Parvez, the cricketer, has made rapid strides. Quietly in the playgrounds of Bijbehera and under various local coaches, a star was fashioned who would go on to defy every hurdle to become a trendsetter in J&K cricket.
A quiet couple of seasons but not shy of putting everything into his development, Parvez, the talent, translated into runs and wickets. From a batsman, who could bowl occasional off-spinners, Parvez has become reliable all-rounder, proving to be a match winner in either department.
From a family with rich cricketing history but not financially sound, Parvez has surged himself to easily being the most followed J&K cricketer, and a fat income.
His natural talent powered with hard work and goal oriented commitment has seen him become consistent performer for his state side, one of the most sought after young cricketers in Indian domestic cricket, and capping it off with a lucrative Indian Premier League bid (0.95 crore) that has made the all-rounder a millionaire.
It has been a rollercoaster journey for a cricketer who was once held for terrorism charges and didn’t have financial muscle in the family early in the piece to have best of the facilities.
For Parvez, Bangalore incident is out of his mindset. He doesn’t want to talk about that. Period.
When I asked him about him not belonging to a rich family, the star cricketer, who turned 25 Thursday, said his father, a cricketer himself, didn’t let that come in his way when it came to providing him the facilities.
“After Allah, it is my father who has been a really help and support to me since I started showing my interest in the game. I may not have been born in a rich family, but my father gave me facilities as if he was a crorepati. He encouraged me to work hard and at no point was averse to me playing cricket all the time,” says Parvez of his father.
Parvez is financially secure now, but what he would want is that big jump to the next level, and give perform at the bigger level. Parvez knows that well.
“For a young cricketer like money isn’t everything. Yes you want financial security, but at the end of the day I would like to score runs and take wickets at the bigger stage to prove my worth. It is a big examination for my skill level and I will give it my everything to live upto the reputation,” says Parvez, who will represent Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh edition of the IPL.
Yet again, Parvez will be the only cricketer from the state on the view in this year’s edition. The J&K skipper reckons there were at least couple of guys who deserved to be bought in the auction.
“I thought we will have more J&K players bought in the auction. Players like Samiullah and Umar Nazir had performed well enough to be picked, but franchises had other ideas. This shouldn’t mean end of road for these talented guys. Players should keep performing well to keep themselves in reckoning,” says Parvez of his J&K teammates who didn’t attract any buyers in the auction.
Parvez, the cricketer, has defied all the adversities to be one of the most talked about upcoming cricketer in Indian cricket, and to see himself an international star, the Bijbehera lad will to have to defy his competitors and limited opportunities to make it happen.