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Rasool owes it to Bedi

Calcutta: From the troubled land to the cricket ground, Parvez Rasool has traversed a long way. The all-rounder, who will be representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL VII, gives much of the credit for his success to former state coach Bishan Singh Bedi, who is also a former India captain.

According to Rasool, it was Bedi who motivated him to work harder and realise his potential as a bowler. “He (Bedi) was always interested in my bowling… He would ask other bowlers to look at my bowling, my seam position and the turn I could get from the pitch. That was very motivating, which made me work harder and realise my potential as a bowler.

“He always used to ask me to get variations in my flight. He would say, ‘If a batsman hits you over your head for a six, don’t be disappointed. He has come down the track to your bowling, because he has realised it is a good ball that could beat him.’ That has stuck in my head and I try to implement it in my game as much as I can,” Rasool was quoted as saying in an interview to iplt20.com.

Not just Bedi, Rasool has been fortunate enough to get guidance from VVS Laxman as well. Laxman is a mentor with the Sunrisers.

“I feel lucky that I have got a team like the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Right from the players and the coaching staff to the mentor, everyone has been very welcoming. I love the atmosphere of the team as they are constantly motivating you to do well.

“Laxman Sir does give me tips on my bowling and helps me identify the areas where I am going wrong. When I am bowling well, he appreciates it, but doesn’t tell much. But when I go wrong, our coach Tom Moody and Laxman Sir are always there to point it out to me and help. Laxman Sir was watching me bat the other day in the nets and he gave me a lot of valuable tips on my batting,” Rasool said.

Asked what is his survival strategy in this age of mystery spinners, he said: “You have to have a lot of variations in your bowling and have something fresh up your sleeve every time. You have to keep working hard to become a good bowler and keep learning from all the experiences you get on the cricket field.

“I got a chance to interact with Harbhajan Singh recently and have managed to grasp certain things from him. During the IPL, I will be meeting a lot of other world-class spinners and I am looking forward to interacting with them and getting better in my bowling.”