‘Will try my best to make this opportunity count’

SRINAGAR: With Sunrisers Hyderabad scheduled to meet Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League today at Abu Dhabi, there will be a spotlight on Jammu and Kashmir cricket skipper Parvez Rasool, for he is one the many players to use this tourney as platform to press his case for the selection in the Indian team.
Pocketed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 0.95 crore in the auction early this year, the off-spinning all-rounder is earmarked as one of the most promising youngsters in Indian domestic cricket and has been on fringes of senior Indian side for last one year or so after having back to back fruitful seasons with the ball and bat for his home state side J&K in Ranji Trophy.
Parvez would be aware a good all-round show would make him a strong contender for a place in Indian team. He is all geared up to do well.
“I am ready for the challenge and am keen to do well. I will try my best in whatever games I play for Sunrisers to perform well. I am working hard with the team and support staff and am hopeful of a good show,” Parvez told Kashmir Reader over the phone from Abu Dhabi which will host Sunrisers first game today.
With ever rising graph, Parvez has earned so many ‘firsts’ for a J&K cricketer and is the one and only cricketer from the state to make it to the IPL.
The Bijbehera lad represented erstwhile Pune Warriors last season before Sunrisers made a strong bid in the auction held February this year to have the all-rounder in the side. Parvaiz’s first stint with the IPL yielded him only two games, but with Shekhar Dhawan led Sunrisers boasting of just one premier spinner in leggie Amit Mishra, his case becomes strong to be part of the starting XI as the second spinner on the UAE leg of the IPL in specific, where pitches are tailor made for slow bowlers. Parvez’s batting and his wicket taking consistency in Indian domestic cricket gives him edge over other spinning options in Sunrisers at the minute.
Parvez is enjoying the atmosphere and wants to play more games than he featured in the last year’s edition.
“It is great atmosphere here and I am getting lot to learn. Obviously like others I would like to play more games and tell the world what I am capable of through my performances,” said Parvez.
Parvaiz is all praise for Sunrisers’ support staff.
“Honestly speaking, we have got some terrific support staff. Coaches (Tom Moody and Waqar Younis) are awesome and so is the mentor (VVS Laxman). Every player is being taken care of and backed by the management which is good to see and help me in the long run,” said the all-rounder.

KICK OFF TIME
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD VERSUS RAJASTHAN ROYALS
VENUE: ABU DHABI
TIME: 20:00 IST

SQUADS
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Srikkanth Anirudha Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder, Manpreet Juneja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Naman Ojha (wk), Prasanth Parameswaran, Parvez Rasool, Irfan Pathan, Amit Paunikar, Lokesh Rahul, Darren Sammy, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, Dale Steyn, Brendan Taylor, Venugopal Rao, David Warner

RAJASTHAN ROYALS: Amit Mishra, Ankit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Stuart Binny, Unmukt Chand, Kevon Cooper,Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge, Deepak Hooda Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Vikramjeet Malik, Karun Nair, Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Kane Richardson, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Tim Southee, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Shane Watson, Dishant Yagnik