<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Parvez Rasool inspired by Graeme Swann" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130903161922.jpg" title="Parvez Rasool inspired by Graeme Swann" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Parvez Rasool featured in India A's tour of South Africa © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Noida: Sep 3, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Parvez-Rasool/post" target="_blank">Parvez Rasool</a>, the first cricketer to be selected in the India squad from Jammu and Kashmir, finds inspiration from England spinner <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a>.<br /> <br /> "These days I am following English spinner <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a>. He is very good and since we have similar bowling styles, I am inspired by him," said Rasool on Tuesday, adding that his favourite cricketer was batting legend <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a>.<br /> <br /> The 24-year-old was part of <a href="/tags/India-A/post" target="_blank">India A</a>'s tour to <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a> recently where the visitors won the tri-series against South Africa A and Australia A. Asked what he learnt from the tour, Rasool said: "It was a good experience and I learnt a lot. But I still have to work on both bowling and batting.<br /> <br /> "I need to bowl to quality batsman regularly to test myself and when it comes to my batting, I need to improve on facing quality pace. I had not played much pace before South Africa. Pacers there bowled at 140-145 kmph."<br /> <br /> The off spinner also said that former India captain and tweaker Bishan Singh Bedi has played a big role in his career.<br /> <br /> "<a href="/tags/Bishan-Singh-Bedi/post" target="_blank">Bishan Singh Bedi</a> has played a huge role in my career. He groomed me as a bowler. When he came to Kashmir a couple of years back and saw me bowling in the nets he told me 'you're the best spinner I have seen from Kashmir'.<br /> <br /> "Then in a match, our team was losing and the opponents had 20-odd runs to make with five wickets remaining. I took three wickets and we won the match. Bedi took more interest in me and told me that if I keep working hard, one day I will play for India. So I have to thank him a lot."<br /> <br /> The all-rounder has become a household name in his home state. Asked what is the reaction he gets when he goes back home, Rasool said: "After I returned to Jammu and Kashmir, I saw many youngsters take up the sport as there was not much cricket in Kashmir earlier.<br /> <br /> "Importantly, parents are also taking interest and pushing their kids to play cricket and build their careers in the sport. I am happy that I have played a role in influencing them. There is a lot of talent there. Facilities are less in the valley but our boys are doing well without that which shows the amount of talent we have," added Rasool.