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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 IPLT20.com, 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.
Amidst the ruins of Delhi Daredevils’ abysmal IPL 2014 season, stands JP Duminy – solid and dependable, aggressive and attacking, with 357 runs from 12 matches. He has scored the bulk of DD’s runs, often coming down the order.
After DD lost yet another game – this time at the hands of KXIP in Delhi – Duminy analysed his team’s woes and he even discussed his own new role, that of a finisher.
Here are excerpts from his exclusive chat with IPLT20.com:
With such a good team, can you exactly put a finger on what has gone wrong or will it be too much to say?
It is a very difficult question to answer. It has been very disappointing to have such a dismal season. As you mentioned, we have some very good players, but we haven’t fired as a group. Our batting and bowling hasn’t quite clicked simultaneously in a game, which has resulted in our downfall. But tonight, I thought we fought hard and took the game to the last over from a position where they needed only seven runs an over to win. To fight back from there was a good sign, and that’s all we ask off ourselves in the last three games. We cannot control the results, but we can give our best in all the remaining games. How tough is it to be such an outstanding performer in a losing side? Despite doing well yourself, you cannot really celebrate your success.
I am pretty pleased with my personal performances, but like you mentioned, it doesn’t really mean much when you’re losing. The only way I can make things better is by improving my own performances and finding ways where I can help the team in other ways. I was pretty pleased to contribute with the ball today as that’s something I haven’t been able to do in the matches gone by.
What is the motivation now for DD?
Even though this season has been really bad for us, we can still win the remaining two games and go out on a high. We have, not for a second, taken things for granted. We know we are privileged to be here, playing in this tournament and representing the Delhi Daredevils. And it’s our responsibility to put in the good performances.
Gary Kirsten said that the team management was actually in a dilemma over your batting position. They wanted their most in-form batsman to face most balls and also finish games. How has that been for you?
I have enjoyed it all. I have enjoyed finishing games here as it is not something I have done too often at the international level. It was nice for me to get that role and do well to justify it. I do take a lot of confidence out of it. But look, we have got a very good batting line-up and it’s just that we have fired in patches. Today seeing Dinesh Karthik and Kevin Pietersen do as well as they did, was great. We will be the first ones to admit that we haven’t performed to the best of our abilities.
Imran Tahir and Mohammed Shami have been DD’s spin and pace spearheads respectively. Did their relative lack of impact hurt the team?
Imran has been thrown in the deep end, coming late into the tournament and with the team not doing well. It will be unfair to say he is out of form after he showed what he can do, in today’s match (4-0-22-3). As far as Shami is concerned, he is still young; he has only just played a handful of IPL matches and he is still learning, despite the fact that he has played international cricket. It won’t be fair to blame the individuals. It’s the team that has lost.