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“Only MS Dhoni has mastered it and I am doing it at such an early stage in my career,” Riyan Parag opens up on low performances in previous IPLs

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Rajasthan Royals’ Riyan Parag opens up about his low performances in the previous seasons of the IPL (Indian Premier League). Riyan Parag expresses gratitude towards the franchise and says that the Royal family knows and believes in his abilities. He said,

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“I think it’s very simple for me. The message is always clear: they believe in my abilities. 90 percent of the people don’t see what’s going on inside the team, how I am performing in the practice matches, what I am doing. Everyone just sees the end product, which has been a bit rough for me. So everyone judges me on that. But the whole Royal family knows what I am capable of and what I have done in practice or even shown glimpses of it in matches. So the belief has always been there. They have backed me for four years. This is my fifth year now, and I hope to repay them soon.”

Rajasthan Royals has released nine players ahead of the mini-auction to be held on December 3, but Riyan Parag was not one of them. Despite his below-par performances in the past editions of the IPL, the franchise has decided to keep him. The 21-year-old has been with the franchise for the last 5 years.

Parag had a decent score of 183 runs in 17 innings, including one half-century in the 2022 IPL. With 86 runs from 12 games in the 2020 IPL and 93 runs from 11 innings the year later, the 2022 IPL was comparatively decent. The 2020 and 2021 performances by Riyan Parag were tragic and handed the 21-year-old endless criticism.

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Riyan Parag said in an interview,

“2020 was a very low point in my career. And then, I talked a lot to myself, and I figured out that only my opinion matters and no one else’s does. Even if Sangakkara and Sanju Samson tell good things about me, and if I don’t believe in them, I think it doesn’t really make any sense or doesn’t have any impact on myself. So I think the outside noise is always there and will always be there. I do well and the same people are going to praise me and keep me as a king. So it doesn’t really matter. I know what I think of myself, and I’ll stick to that.”

Parag mostly batted at either No. 6 or 7 and, tells how it is toughest batting orders. The 21-year-old even compared his performance with that of MS Dhoni. Riyan spoke about how Dhoni has mastered the art of batting in the toughest batting orders,

“It’s the tougher job in T20 cricket, to just come in and slog. Numbers six and seven are the hardest places to play in T20 cricket. Only some of the guys have mastered it. Not even some, I’ll just say only MS Dhoni has mastered it, and no one else has. And I am doing it at such an early stage in my career. Not even master it, I am just getting too close to knowing what it all feels like – I am just sorting my way through it. So people can just talk whatever they want, but I know how hard a job it is and my team believes in me.”

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