Parvez Rasool today became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to represent India in a One-Day International when he took the field against Bangladesh in Dhaka. The 25-year-old, who hails from the town of Bij Behara in the southern Kashmir valley district of Anantnag, was earlier part of the Indian squad on the 2013 tour of Zimbabwe but was not given an opportunity to showcase his skills. He has picked up two for 60 off 10 overs on his international debut.

Rasool has managed to break into the team in the ongoing series as India has rested some key players such as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Rasool also got an IPL contract when he signed up for the now defunct Pune Warriors. He turned up for Sunrisers Hyderabad the recent IPL season.

It is pertinent to add that Rasool was a outstanding performer for Jammu & Kashmir in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season. He finished as the team’s its top scorer and highest wicket-taker. Let us hope he shines for his country going forward.