Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara. Image: BCCI/IPL

As Rajasthan Royals passed up the second Indian Premier League (IPL) title in the last obstacle against Gujarat Titans, Riyan Parag went under the scan of netizens on Sunday. The Rajasthan youngster, who was recently censured for the questionable reaction after a catch, was banged for not scoring runs in the title standoff at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Riyan Parag was dismissed for only 15 and was unable to give a late push as Rajasthan wound up scoring 130 for nine out of 20 overs. Gujarat, accordingly, pursued down the total in the 19th over to lift the IPL crown before home fans.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Riyan Parag Has Done Well In Patches: Kumar Sangakkara

Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara talked about their season and said the team needs to work in a ton of regions in spite of accomplishing a second-place finish.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Well, we have got a lot of improving to do in all areas. If you take our batting, we had huge contributions from Jos (Buttler), Sanju, and Shimron Hetymer at the early stages,” said Sri Lanka great in the post-match presser.

“Riyan (Parag) and Devdutt (Padikkal) really played well in patches, but I think in terms of overall performance, we need a little bit more from the support role players as well,” he further added.

Riyan Parag Has Huge Amount Of Potential: Kumar Sangakkara

Sangakkara likewise upheld youngster Riyan in the midst of the slamming, saying the franchise needs to prepare him as a middle-order player going ahead. A flashy fielder who can contribute with bat and ball, the Assam player amassed 183 runs from 17 matches at a strike rate of 138.64, with the best innings of 56 coming against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag. (Photo: IPL)

“I think Riyan Parag, he has got huge amount of potential, and we got to work him into higher batting number by the time we come in next season. I look forward to kind of grooming him to become a more of a kind of a early middle-order player rather than just a death-hitter.

“Because, I think he is so accomplished against spin as well as pace,” the Sri Lankan batting great noted,” Sangakkara elaborated.

Rajasthan, who gathered a powerful squad with cunning signings in the February auction, finished the league stage in the second position and crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier-2. Sangakkara said that it was the finest and strongest eleven that the franchise played with.

“…but when you take the quality of players that we had, this was the best side and the strongest side (that) we put out on the park,” he said.

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