After becoming the first cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to be picked in India's 30 probables for the 2015 World Cup, Parvez Rasool is keen to go a step further and create history by becoming the only cricketer from his state to get picked for a World Cup squad.
"Inshaallah! That's my only wish now. I have cleared the first hurdle by being picked in the probables. I now want to create history for Jammu & Kashmir," an elated Rasool, who is in the city for the Ranji Trophy opener against 40-time champions Mumbai, told mid-day yesterday.
"It is a great feeling to be amongst the top 30 of this country. I thank God for it. It is a huge thing for me and my state. My hard work is paying off," Rasool added.
Rasool was in the team bus, heading to their hotel in Nariman Point, when the news of his selection was broken to him. "I can't describe the joy. My (J&K) teammates went crazy. My family back home is also very excited. Everyone is overjoyed," he said.
The recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir left the area in disarray. "My teammates and I are doing our best to provide some cheer. Recently, we won two consecutive matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy which had never happened before.
If I get picked in the World Cup squad, it will provide them (people of J&K) utmost joy. Our state is going through tough times," said Rasool, who made his much-awaited India debut against Bangladesh in June.
The 25-year-old off-spinner will be competing for a place in the 15 with R Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav. Rasool feels the Ranji Trophy season will be crucial to make the cut. "I have to keep working hard," he signed off.