SrinagarJammu and Kashmir skipper Parvez Rasool was adjudged man of the match for his five-wicket haul while playing for India Green against India Blue in a Duleep Trophy fixture played at Green Park, Kanpur.
The J&K off-spinner got five wickets on the first day of the tie to help his side shot out India Blue for a below par 177 before rain gods had the final say as the remaining three days were washed out thanks to inclement weather.
playing his first high profile game after his T-20 international debut game against England early this year, Parvez wove his magic with his classic off-spinners and changes in pace to have a profitable returns of 5 for 70 in his 17 overs. On a spin friendly track, Parvez bamboozled the likes of Suresh Raina and Manoj Tiwary to make an impression and announce his intentions in the buildup to upcoming Ranji Trophy.
Parvezs first victim was star batsman and skipper India Blue Suresh Raina before accounting for talented Deepak Hooda. He then accounted for Bhargav Bhat and Jaydev Unadket before getting the big in the form of Manoj Tiwary to complete his five-fer. He was instrumental in limiting India Blue to 177 allout.
With the rise of Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadaw and Karan Sharma, Parvez had fallen behind in the pecking order. Chewing gum controversy during national anthem at the start of India-England game didnt help his cause either. He was further hit hard by the IPL snub with his employers Royal Challengers Bengluru releasing him. He didnt find any buyers in the subsequent IPL auction putting a huge question mark on his bid to add to international caps. In his bid to revive his form and utility, he went to Bangladesh to play for a local club. Though he had a profitable stint both with the bat and ball in Bangladesh, it didnt have any impact on Indian national selectors.
With this five-wicket haul and man of the match award, Parvez would hope more and more wickets to press for his inclusion in the senior side. At the minute, it looks a distant dream, though.
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