Better late than never for Rasool

Sunrisers offie speaks about his first IPL outing this year

Hyderabad 20 May 2014
Days became weeks and weeks became a month. That was the story of Parvez Rasool, who had to warm the benches for that duration, waiting for his chance to take the field. Even before Pepsi IPL 2014 began, there was always a sense of excitement about Rasool’s inclusion in the playing XI of the Sunrisers. 11 games later, the wait was finally over and the off-spinner finally got a chance to roll his arm this season.

He claims the wait to be testing and said that it was challenging to keep himself motivated. But he is now relieved to have finally got a chance to showcase his skills on the big stage. Rasool accepts that he could have done better, but he vows to improve with every game he plays.

In this chat with, Rasool describes his emotions when he went to bowl his first ball this IPL and the moment whole of Jammu & Kashmir waited for with bated breath. 

Here are excerpts from his interview:

Finally, Parvez Rasool gets a game! Tell us how difficult was it to warm the benches all this while?

First of all, I would like to thank the Almighty for the chance I got today. I had a good domestic season and was expecting to play soon. I have to accept that with every passing game it was getting difficult to motivate myself. But I knew for a fact that my chance will come soon and when I do get a chance, it was time to make the most of the opportunity. I would say it was a decent show for my first game this year.

When did you know that you would be playing tonight’s match? What kind of homework did you do to bowl against a strong RCB batting line-up?

I got to know this morning that I would be playing today. I was geared up for the challenge and Darren Sammy had told me that I would be bowling in the powerplay. I was pumped up to bowl to the likes of Chris Gayle and the other star batsmen in that RCB line-up. I watched a lot of videos and saw how certain batsmen play spin and did a lot of field planning with the captain.

Were you nervous when you walked out to bowl your first over?

I would be lying if I said that I did not have any nerves. I was nervous in the beginning, but as the game progressed and I started bowling, I became a lot calmer. I started analysing the wicket and looked for some turn. There was not much turn in the wicket so I realised that I had to look to contain the batsmen and then take wickets. It was a huge challenge for me personally to bowl to some of the best batsmen in the world, and I am glad I got the wicket of a big player like Yuvraj Singh.

Your first day at the office and your first wicket turns out to be Yuvraj Singh. How would you describe that moment?

I wanted to bowl at the right areas to Yuvi paaji because we all know how dangerous he can be if given any chance to hit. I wanted to bowl to him at the pads and try and cramp him for room. It worked for some time, but he did hit me for a six and a boundary. We had a few chances at the early part of the innings and I finally got him. I am glad that I could get the wicket of someone like Yuvraj Singh in my first IPL game this season. The best part though is that we won the game at the end of the day.

A catch, a wicket at a decent economy-rate and a win for your side; how would you describe your performance today?

(Smiles) It was an amazing feeling to be on the field. The catch was a simple one, but the prized one of Chris Gayle. I bowled well in the powerplay and took a huge wicket. This performance should motivate me for the games ahead. My fans and the supporters back home in Jammu & Kashmir would have all watched me play on their TV sets and it would be a proud moment for them. I am glad that I could put up a decent show for them and I only look to get better.

A word on the Sunrisers Hyderabad fans who have supported the team throughout.

The crowd has always been supportive, irrespective of the losses we suffered in the previous three games. As a team, we are glad that we could give our fans a reason to cheer and end on a high note in Hyderabad.

Do you think this performance would seal your spot in the upcoming games?

I want to take it one match at a time. If I do well, my performances will help me play more matches. New players like me, who are still learning, only crave for such opportunities and look to perform in the limited games they get. Hopefully, I get more chances, learn more and do better.
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