Parvez Rasool came into the limelight when he got a chance to become the first J&K cricketer to represent the national team. He is a native of Bijbehera which is 48 kms from Srinagar and their house was submerged in flood water for about two weeks. Thankfully, Parvez and his family have survived this disaster. Once again, Parvez has displayed his strong will power and resistance.
Rasool, who made his debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in June, narrated the incident, and said, “I had shifted my cricket kit to the third floor, but then realised I had left the bat in the car boot. The water was rising and I had to jump into it to extricate it. My mother tried to stop me, but I jumped. I’ve played Ranji Trophy matches with the bat and scored about 650 runs last year. We could only watch from the second floor as cars, animals got washed away in the flood waters. The last 10 days have been horrifying, we were cut off from the world. No TV, phone or radio nor news of relatives or friends. Wherever you look, its water everywhere.”
He added, “We have a three storey house and the first floor got submerged on first day itself. We had to shift to the second floor and as the water rose, my family had to shift to my uncle’s home situated atop a hill. The flood waters have damaged some 94 houses in the area we live and some 50-60 people are still staying in a room in order to be safe. My family has not faced such problems but we are still trying to contact our relatives. The Ranji season is around the corner. One cannot practice here so I’m planning to move to Delhi or another place to practice before the Ranji camp.”
His passion for the game is well known Even during the time of crisis, he made sure that his precious bat was saved!