Riyan Parag, the young all-rounder from Assam, has bounced back from his disappointing performance in the last Indian Premier League (IPL) by scoring two consecutive centuries in the Ranji Trophy, the domestic first-class cricket competition. Parag, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, has shown his fearless and aggressive approach in the longer format of the game, and is now aiming to translate that into the shorter format in the next IPL season.
Riyan Parag: “The IPL is going to be huge for me”
Parag, who is only 22 years old, said that he has been working hard on his game with his father Parag Das, a former Assam cricketer, and Zubin Bharucha, the director of cricket at Rajasthan Royals. He said that he has always had the shots, but he needed to practice more and develop his muscle memory. He also said that he has adopted a positive mindset, where he is not afraid to hit the first ball for a six or get out trying.
“I am expressing myself more on the field now. My mindset is to hit the first ball, for a six if it is in my range and I don’t mind getting out for playing that shot. During the off-season I fine-tuned my game with my dad Parag Das and Zubin Bharucha. I always had the shots but I realised that I need to practice a lot. Cricket is all about muscle memory. So I try to be more repetitive in practice and try to implement that in game situation,” Parag said.
Parag is confident that he can carry his form from the Ranji Trophy into the IPL, where he expects to bat higher up the order for Rajasthan Royals. He said that he knows that the IPL is a different tournament, with more skilful bowlers, but he believes that his skill does not go away. He also said that he is used to batting at number four for Assam, and that consistency helps him to tune in for that role.
“The IPL is going to be huge for me. I am just thinking of carrying my domestic form into the IPL. I know it is a different tournament, the bowlers are more skilful but my skill doesn’t go away. I might be batting up the order this time in the IPL. I have always batted at number four for Assam and if you do something consistently you are tuned in for that,” Parag said.
Riyan Parag had made a bold prediction before the IPL 2023, saying that he would hit four sixes in an over during the tournament. However, he failed to live up to his own expectations, and faced a lot of criticism and trolling from the fans and the media. He, however, is determined to prove his critics wrong and help Rajasthan Royals win their second IPL title.
“I don’t regret making that prediction. It was just a way of motivating myself and showing my confidence. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen, and I accept that I didn’t perform well in the last IPL. But I have learned from that experience, and I am ready to come back stronger and better. I want to contribute to the team’s success and win the IPL trophy for Rajasthan Royals,” Parag said.
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