In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
- Robert Frost
In November 2009, Parvez Rasool hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. But now, he knows for sure that he is going to put it all behind him. When the India ‘A’ squad for the one-day game against England, at Delhi on 6 January 2013, was announced -- Rasool was one of the the proud members.
But in 2009 -- Rasool was dazed and confused. Then an under-22 cricketer representing the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) junior team, Rasool had been living on the premises of the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore when terrorists targeted it. However, things took a strange turn when Rasool was among those who were detained, allegedly after traces of explosive material were found in his kit bag.
A few days later, forensic reports cleared him, and Rasool tried to get back to life and cricket. But it wasn't easy. The humiliation in Bangalore wasn't about to leave him , a chat with his family helped.
"It was the toughest period of my life (being detained by police in Bangalore). I was very disturbed, but my cricketing progress is because of my family's support. 'Whatever has happened, has happened. Now, give it your all on the field,' they told me. I am heeding their advice and it has helped me recover from the trauma," said Parvez had later told Mid-day.
If you are from Jammu and Kashmir and branded a terrorist, it can affect you and your family in more ways than one. But for Pervez knowing that family were backing him was a huge boost. It took him a while to find his feet at the international level but he's really managed to make a breakthrough this season.
In 7 matches, this season, the 23-year-old all-rounder, who hails from Bijbehara district in southern Kashmir near Srinagar, has scored 594 runs at an average of 54.00 and taken 33 wickets at an average of 18.09.
But his proudest moment came in December 2012, when he was declared man of the match for leading J&K to their first Ranji Trophy win in over three years. It was a match that dreams were made of — he top-scored with 67 in his side’s first innings, smashed a 106-ball unbeaten 120 in the second, and took 7 wickets for 41 as Group C leaders Assam were beaten by 235 runs.
In a recent interview with The Indian Express, Rasool gave former India skipper and J&K coach Bishan Singh Bedi a lot of credit.
“He called me the best spinner in J&K and has taught me many things, especially the ability to flight the ball. But bowling the doosra is disallowed. His mandate is simple — ‘Agar pehla theek se daaloge tho doosra ka zaroorat nahi hai’,” Rasool told The Indian Express.
The last player from Jammu and Kashmir to make any real impact on the national scene was Abid Nabi, who was selected for Indian under-19 team. But Nabi couldn't make it to the Indian team and joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) for Delhi Jets.
Then again, Mudasir Ahmad, a fast bowler from Srinagar was selected for the Punjab Kings in IPL but couldn't make it to the final eleven.
But Parvez Rasool has time on his side and he intends to make the most of it.