Riyan Parag, the star Indian all-rounder for Rajasthan Royal, has discussed the criticism he received for his subpar performances and how it inspired him to become a better cricketer. Additionally, he discussed the support he received in his new position as a finisher for the Rajasthan-based team from famed Sri Lankan coach Kumar Sangakkara and captain Sanju Samson.
After winning the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2018 with the Indian squad, Riyan Parag was recruited by the Rajasthan Royals. He hasn’t been reliable enough for the 2022 IPL champions in his new position as the finisher, though. Despite acknowledging the challenges of batting lower in the order, Parag is adamant about succeeding in that position after receiving support from the head coach
“A lot. Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) and the whole crew including Sanju Samson have shown a lot of belief in me. In the last four years, the first year was good for me, then the next three years playing down the order. I have always said it’s the toughest job in T20 cricket. It’s a challenge that I want to master and I am on my way to learning a lot of new things you only get better playing that role. Playing No.6/7 in a high-pressure T20 game is a tough job but will only build your character,” Riyan Parag said.
The 21-year-old is frequently featured in the news for the wrong reasons and has drawn criticism for his haughtiness on the field. He has, however, had a successful run in this year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy, showcasing his all-around skills for Assam and helping them advance to the semifinals. Without being aware of the hidden dynamics, he said that “the external noise is constantly there.”
“The external noise is always there. Everyone talked about how the management backed me, but no one threw light on why they are backing me. That only the team and management know. No one is there at the practice sessions or the matches we play or even the domestic. People only follow scores. That’s not how an IPL team works or in fact, any team works. Only we know what goes on behind the scenes or what’s the reason for the belief they have shown in me. I am in a very good mental space, and how to take the next step or reach the next level. People will have opinions – good or bad. That doesn’t really matter,” he added.