Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Pervez Rasool, who was wrongly detained in 2009 on suspicion of carrying explosives, has now become the first player from the state to play for the India A team.
For Pervez Rasool, it's been about finding redemption through cricket. "I thank allah and I'm happy that there's a player from Jammu and Kashmir now in the Indian team," Rasool says.
Rasool's is a heart-warming story that is sure to inspire budding cricketers in J&K. An emerging all-rounder, he scored close to 600 runs with two hundreds, besides picking up 33 wickets in the seven games he played in the Ranji trophy this season.
J&K coach and former India captain Bishan Bedi is among those smitten by Rasool's emerging talent. Bedi said, "Yes,Pervez is an outstanding talent, loves to hit the ball and turn it too by giving it a good tweak - very uncomplicated allrounder, needs good exposure in longer version of the game."
"My idol is Sachin Tendulkar. This is the first step. For the Indian team, I have to work very hard," Rasool says.
While a defective scanner at the Chinnaswamy Stadium nearly ended his career in 2009, Rasool seems to have left the nightmare behind, and is geared up to make the best use of the opportunity that his own talent and hard work have brought.