SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir skipper and all-rounder Parvez Rasool thinks that his stint with the Indian Premier League runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore this season has helped him a great deal to fine-tune his game. He feels he is an improved cricketer thanks to the two-stay month with the Virat Kohli-led side.
Parvez-only cricketer from the J&K to play for India and feature in the cash rich IPL-was previously with Sunrisers Hyderabad who had pocketed for a whopping 95 lacs before making a switch to the RCB in the buildup to the 2016 season.
Parvez might have got to play only a handful of games but he reckons he had lot to learn from the RCB setup.
I didnt get to play many games but I got to learn lot of things from the coaching staff and senior players, Parvez told Kashmir Observer in an exclusive interview.
He was particularly in awe of the RCB coach and former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, who according to the J&K off-spinner- dished out some much needed tips to him.
I was so overwhelmed by the way Vettori approaches towards players. He makes you (players) feel so comfortable. I for the one benefitted from his coaching a great deal. He is someone who encourages you all the time, more so when the chips are down, says Parvez of his RCB coach.
Vettori, Parvez says, educated him about how to vary the pace and fox batsmen by changing the length.
If you see I am not a big turner of a ball. I rely heavily on changes of pace and length and maintaining a tight line and that is where Vettori was bundles of knowledge, says Parvez about Vettoris-who was so very accurate with his slight changes in pace and length in his hey days-influence on his spin bowling.
Having Kohli as a skipper was something that kept Parvez going.
He is a class act. He is aggressive all the time. He just hates losing. He leads from the front. He gives his all on the field and wants same from his players. He encouraged me a lot. Before the season started he was all encouragement and help in the nets. His words of praise after the first encounter gave me the belief and confidence that I belonged to the stage, says Parvez.
Parvez didnt get many games to show his full range of variations. He puts it to the RCBs home venue which has virtually nothing to offer for the bowlers.
Ideally I would like to play as many games I could but if you see hardly any off-spinner barring Ashwin and Harbhajan played this seasons IPL. Our home venue at Bengaluru is full of runs and I played almost three out of four games there. When you are given limited opportunities, you tend to over try and in the process lose focus. It is very difficult to contain runs in Chinaswammy Stadium but I am still happy to have rubbed shoulders with the likes of Kohli, Gayle, AB and Watson. I feel I am an improved cricketer now, says Parvez.
Parvez says it is the work ethics and energy of players like Kohli, Gayle, AB and Watson that sets them apart from the rest.
They are down to earth and dont mind to pass on the tips to the youngsters. AB and Gayle bring lot of positive energy to the set up and make sure everyone remains positive when things arent going their way. They contributed tremendously to camaraderie that RCB unit showed throughout the tournament. It was that cohesiveness that saw our team reach the finals despite losing many games early on in the tournament, says Parvez.
RCB had a start-stop beginning to the tourney before Kohli and AB led the resurgence to take them to the summit clash where they were upstaged by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
What next for Parvez? Does he still harbour chances of playing for India?
I will be leaving for National Cricket Academy next to attend coaching camp for the spinners. Then obviously I will start preparing for the upcoming Ranji season. I am confident that I will add to my tally of just one international cap in the future. I will have to keep working hard and take wickets and score runs, says Parvez.
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