Rajasthan Royals’ youngster Riyan Parag crumbled under pressure in the final of the Indian Premier League. He scored 15 off 15 in the death overs of the first innings in the match.
File photo of Riyan Parag in IPL 2022. (Courtesy: BCCI/PTI)
- Riyan Parag could not cut loose in the death overs vs Gujarat
- Rajasthan Royals opted to bat first in the IPL final
- Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan choked RR’s batting line-up
Rajasthan Royals’ highly rated youngster Riyan Parag failed in the big stage of the Indian Premier League final against Gujarat Titans on Sunday, 29 May. The Assam all-rounder came out late in the day when Rajasthan were looking for quick runs against Gujarat but managed to score only 15 runs after playing 15 balls.
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Parag, who has been in hot waters due to his antics on and off the field once again found the spotlight at the mid innings, when he refused a single to Oved McCoy in the first ball of the final over. McCoy had just hit a six of R Sai Kishore and could have come clutch against Mohammed Shami in the final over of the match.
Parag, though, could not do much in the final over after retaining the strike and got out after hitting one boundary off Shami. The Indian pacer rattled the youngster’s stumps with a searing yorker that sent him packing, straight into the dugout.
Parag was called out by the fans after the innings, who questioned his performance in the IPL this season. The 20-year-old has time and again been criticized by the likes of Simon Doull and Mathew Hayden for his behavior on the pitch. He had taken a dig at the third umpire while taking a catch which did not sit well with many former cricketers at the time. Parag had hit back at the commentators by going to Twitter and stating that none of his antics would matter or be remembered in 20 years time.
While opinions were divided then, a section of fans today pointed out that Parag at the moment is all show and no go. The Assam star has scored 183 runs from 17 matches at a strike rate of 138 this season.
RR owners to Riyan parag pic.twitter.com/UzHRSIbo3z
— (@Ckmkb18) May 29, 2022
Riyan parag is the best finisher : he single handedly finished Rajasthan’s chances even competing for trophy in finals #riyanparag @TukTuk_Academy #IPLFinals #GTvRR
– Kartik Sharma (@KartikS69127220) May 29, 2022
When R Ashwin came to play at number 5 it was proven that the team does not have a strong batting lineup. The overhyped player Riyan Parag did nothing, he didn’t even try to hit big shots when only a few balls were left for the inning. #RRvGT #IPLFinals
— Alishaikh (@alishaikh3310) May 29, 2022
Riyan Parag didn’t take a single of the 1st bowl of shami and also hits a sixbut honestly im still wondering what is riyan specialized in??? Feel obed mccoy was more capable of hitting sixes than RiyanRiyan 15ball 15runs n then bowled by shami @rajasthanroyals
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) May 29, 2022
Look at his eyes….#Shami#IPLFinals#riyanparag #Parag pic.twitter.com/UJDYMoG2J2
— . (2) (@Prof_Aamir) May 29, 2022