The valleys top all-round cricketer, Parvez Rasool is these days taking part in the special coaching camp for the spinners at National Cricket Academy (NCA), Banglaore.
The camp conducted by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and National Cricket Academy (NCA) is being held after a long gap. BCCI conducted the camp for fast bowlers three years back where 20 bowlers participated. However, nothing was done for the spinners in years now.
The camp attended by 12 best available spinners of Country is being held under NCA’s head spin coach Narendra Hirwani. Parvez is also attending the camp and has termed it new learning experience.
“The camp is class with special emphasis on honing the skills of the bowlers. Hirwani sir is known for training spinners and getting best out of them. I am learning lot of things from him. I am lucky to be included in the camp which will help me a great deal,” Parvez said.
In the camp focus is on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of these spinners and how the coach can help them improve. The spinners are trained to learn to bowl in all conditions and just not the turners. It’s not about working too much on their techniques but how little adjustments can help their performance, and of course, the mental part of the game.
“We work daily on our bowling as well as skills. First two hours have been kept for skills enhancement while second session is for the nets. Daily we almost do two hours of bowling. The camp starts everyday at 9 AM and concludes at 4 PM,” He said.
Apart from training under Hirwani, Parvez is also getting tips from former India Off spinner, Nikhil Chopra who is also coach at NCA.
“Nikhil Chopra is also helping me in nets. He is himself an off spinner and knows what should be done while training and enhancing the skills of off spinner. The camp stresses on finding ones weakness and strengths and working on both,” Parvez said.
“Each one of us who are in the camp have been playing top level cricket for years now. The camp is being conducted in order to make aware the trainees about their weakness and strengths. We are being taught various psychological aspects of the game while bowling to different batsman in different conditions. It is great camp and a totally new experience to train among top spinners of Country,” he said.
However, the Valley’s top cricketer points out the timing of the camp that is Ramadhan in which he remains on daylong fast.
“It is tough camp with long session. I am fasting and that is making things little difficult for me. Still I am giving my best to make best out of it. The camp will end on Sunday and I will head back to Valley after that,” he added.