Parvez Rasool announces arrival on big stage
Takes 7 Wkt Haul
BOARD PRESIDENT’S XI V/S AUSTRALIA
Chennai, Feb 12: Promising J&K all-rounder Parveez Rasool announced his arrival at the big stage by recording brilliant figures of seven for 45 against Australia in the first warm-up game at the Guru Nanak College ground, Chennai on Tuesday.
Rasool wreaked havoc in his three spells as he helped Board President’s XI bowl out the visiting side for a modest 241 in 88.3 overs on the opening day of the two match.
The youngster did expose the now familiar weakness of the Australian batsmen against spin bowling and also presented Chief Selector Sandeep Patil and Co with an option beyond Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh in the off-spin department.
It could not have been a better birthday gift for the immensely talented cricketer from the valley, who recorded his career-best figures a day before his 24th birthday on Wednesday.
Rasool did not try anything extraordinary in the 28.3 overs that he sent down during the day as he deceived the batsmen with flighted deliveries and also got appreciable turn from the slow track.
His seven scalps included top-order players like regular Test opener Ed Cowan, stand-in captain and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and all-rounder Steve Smith.
Australian openers Cowan and Usman Khawaja (32) added 77 runs for the opening stand before Rasool made inroads into the opposition line-up.
Left-handed Cowan, top-scored with 58 but was done in when he tried to play a cut shot and was snapped up by Parthiv Patel behind stumps.
Wade, who is in-charge of the side as Michael Clarke and Shane Watson are yet to arrive, hit couple of sixes of the bowling of leggie Sarabjit Ladda on his way to 35 but misjudged the length of a flighted delivery from Rasool.
Wade gave him the charge only to be holed at long-off by substitute fielder Kamlesh Makvana.
The career of 23-year-old cricketer is on high these with opportunity after opportunity knocking at his doors. Earlier this month he became the first player from Kashmir to make it to the national side after he was named in the India-A squad for the warm-up game against England.
Soon after that he was called twice for the Team India net sessions at New Delhi and Mohali respectively.
Parvez from last three weeks was honing his skills in National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore for which he was called by Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) officials recently.
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