Riyan Parag grabbed the headlines for his all-round performances during the match against Punjab Kings on Monday. Plying his trade for Rajasthan Royals, the 19-year-old was superb in all three aspects of the game. The Guwahati-born youngster showcased his mettle with the ball, bat and on the field.
During Rajasthan Royals’ bowling, Parag caught the attention of the cricket fraternity with his wide-arm bowling action. Many were of the view that Parag mimicked Kedar Jadhav’s wide-arm bowling action. His bowling action was a mix of Lasith Malinga and Kedar Jadhav.
Parag bowled really to get rid of Punjab Kings’ talismanic batsman Chris Gayle. Gayle was looking so dangerous on the field as he smacked as many as 4 fours and 2 sixes. The West Indies international looked so good with his 40 off 28 balls at a strike rate of 142.86.
Parag somehow found a way to dismiss him. Besides taking 1 wicket in his bowling quota of 1 over, he was also electrifying on the field. The young player took a good catch to dismiss PBKS’ dangerous batsman Deepak Hooda off Chris Morris’ bowling in the third ball of the 18th over.
Riyan Parag criticizes himself after RR’s defeat
Punjab Kings managed to post 221/6 in 20 overs. KL Rahul was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 91 off 50 balls including 7 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 182. Deepak Hooda was the next best batsman as he scored 64 off 28 balls.
In reply, Rajasthan Royals almost pull off the run-chase but lost the game by 4 runs. Sanju Samson top-scored with 119 off 63 balls including 12 fours and 7 sixes at a strike rate of 188.89. After a heartbreaking 4-run defeat, Riyan Parag vented his frustration on his official Twitter handle.
Rajasthan Royals’ middle-order batsman took to Twitter and criticized himself after the defeat. He tweeted: “I’m shit”. He plays an integral role in the middle overs to keep Sanju Samson company in the middle. Parag and Samson stitched together a 53-run partnership before Parag departed for 25 off 11 deliveries.
Parag looked so good with the bat as he smashed as many as 3 sixes and 1 four at a tremendous strike rate of 227.27. Mohammed Shami dismissed him in the 2nd ball of the 17th over. After the defeat, Parag blamed himself on Twitter. However, he deleted his tweet later.
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