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IPL 2024: Riyan Parag's confidence spells good times for Rajasthan Royals

Updated: Mar 31

IPL 2024: Riyan Parag's confidence spells good times for Rajasthan Royals. Riyan Parag carries his domestic from to IPL and looks hungry to score runs.


IPL 2024: Riyan Parag 2.0 looks very different and hungry to prove himself| Walking Wicket (Images: ©IPL/X)
Riyan Parag looks hungry to prove himself (Images: ©IPL/X)

In a pulsating encounter at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, cricket fans witnessed a spectacle as Rajasthan Royals clashed against Delhi Capitals. However, amidst the intense competition, one name shone brightest – the young sensation Riyan Parag.

 

With an astonishing unbeaten 84 runs off just 45 balls, Parag not only rescued Rajasthan Royals from a precarious position but also steered them to a commanding victory. Held in front of a packed stadium, the clash kept spectators on the edge of their seats. The audience were captivated by Parag's innings, which propelled the Royals to a total of 185/5, overcoming initial hurdles. 


A good start so far for Riyan Parag in IPL 2024

When the Royals were reeling at 36/3 early in the innings against a disciplined Capitals bowling attack, the stage was set for a hero to emerge. It was at this crucial juncture that Parag took centre stage. 


What made his performance truly remarkable was not just his ability to weather the storm but his fearless approach to counterattack. With a wide array of strokes at his disposal, Parag showcased his repertoire with seven boundaries and six towering sixes that not only brought his team back into the game but also left the opposition in awe.


However, it was the final over where Parag displayed his supreme power. Facing the experienced Anrich Nortje, Parag unleashed an onslaught of breathtaking strokes that will be remembered for years to come. He started by flicking a half volley on the pads for a single. He then hit a massive six, breaching the 180-run mark, followed by a four, another four, and a six, showing remarkable intent and skill.

 

The over concluded with two consecutive boundaries as Parag managed to find gaps with precision, even off deliveries aimed at the blockhole. In this nerve-wracking over, Parag's ability to maintain composure under pressure and execute his shots with precision was truly exemplary. 


Riyan Parag has found a sweet spot at the number 4 position in the batting order for the Royals. His performances in the two matches of this season so far indicate how well this position suits him, especially compared to previous seasons when he was shuffled between positions 5 and 6. In those lower positions, Parag struggled to find his rhythm, often limited to cameo innings.



IPL 2024, RR vs DC_ Riyan Parag scored 84 off 45 against Delhi Capitals, RR beat DC _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©IPL_X)
Riyan Parag scored 84 off 45 against Delhi Capitals (Images: ©IPL/X)

What makes the number 4 spot so special for Parag? 

Traditionally, the number 4 position in cricket is crucial, often reserved for batters who possess a combination of skill, adaptability, and stability. They are expected to anchor the innings while also having the ability to accelerate the scoring rate when required.


For Parag, number 4 seems to provide the perfect balance. It allows him enough time to settle into his innings, assess the conditions, and build partnerships. Additionally, batting at number 4 provides him with the opportunity to face more deliveries and take on a greater responsibility in shaping the team's total.


Batting higher up the order enables him to dictate the pace of the innings and bat with more freedom. It allows him to play his natural game without the pressure of immediate run-scoring, which may have been the case while batting lower down the order.


Furthermore, the number 4 has been the position where he batted in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and emerged as the highest run scorer of the tournament last year.


SMAT 2023-24_ Riyan Parag, the Assam captain scored 510 runs from the 10 games at an average of 85.00. _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©assamcric_Twitter)
Riyan Parag scored 510 runs in SMAT 2023-24 (Photo: ©assamcric/Twitter)

How playing for Assam in domestic tournaments have helped Parag’s maturity? 

Representing a small state like Assam in domestic cricket has played a pivotal role in shaping Parag's maturity and sense of responsibility. Despite the challenges associated with coming from a region not traditionally known for producing cricketing talent, Parag has emerged as a shining example of excellence.


Parag's stellar performances in recent times have not only caught the attention of enthusiasts but have also garnered widespread acclaim. His journey began with notable contributions to the Deodhar Trophy. Emerging as the tournament's highest run-scorer and the joint third-highest wicket-taker, Parag's exceptional all-round display earned him the prestigious Player of the Tournament award.


Continuing his form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Parag exhibited remarkable consistency, playing a pivotal role in Assam's journey to the final. His extraordinary feat of recording seven consecutive half-centuries, a global record, cemented his status as a standout player in the tournament. His leadership as the skipper of Assam further showcased his ability to shoulder responsibility and lead from the front.


The Vijay Hazare Trophy further provided a platform for Parag to shine, with his exceptional batting performances propelling Assam to success. As the team's number 4 batter, he played a crucial role in Assam's impressive campaign, ending as the fifth-highest run-getter. He scored three centuries and one fifty in eight games.


His leg-break bowling added another dimension to his game. With ten wickets to his name in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Parag showcased his versatility as a cricketer.



Parag’s consistency promises good fortunes for Rajasthan Royals

Parag's consistency will trace the trajectory of the Rajasthan Royals, especially considering the substantial investment the team has made in him over the past five years. Having been nurtured from scratch by the franchise, there are high expectations for Parag to deliver and justify the faith placed in him.


While he may not have had a stellar season thus far, this presents a golden opportunity for him to step up and prove his worth when the team needs it most. In matches where established names like Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson falter, Parag has the potential to emerge as the bankable performer who can anchor the innings and guide the team to victory.


Parag's outstanding performances in domestic tournaments, where he has consistently delivered with both bat and ball, will surely provide him with the confidence needed to excel in IPL as well.


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