Rajasthan Royals batter Riyan Parag revealed how he managed to practice back at his home ahead of IPL 2021. During the last two years, there were a lot of restrictions imposed on sporting avenues amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It took a toll on many athletes across India as their training and physical activities were hindered.
Cricket facilities in Assam are not that great: Riyan Parag
Parag mentioned his fair share of challenges in training in Assam. The 20-year-old Assam player said two locals came to his rescue with a training facility.
“So, cricket facilities in Assam, where I live, are not that great. We don’t have that many fields or infrastructure or anything like that. So, last year before the IPL I didn’t really have any way to practice.
“But two of the guys, Sauvik Das and Mukund Kalita, they founded ‘We Are Northeast’ and built like a 100m, 4×4 side-to-side, just the net, some astroturf and a ground for the bowlers to bowl,” Parag said in a video posted on RR’s YouTube channel.
“That’s how I practiced. So, even now, now that we have built infrastructure in Assam and we’ve got different places to practice, better than that, I still like to go back there and practice there because they helped me when I needed it the most,” he added.
Riyan Parag’s journey in IPL so far
Parag was part of the India U19 squad led by Prithvi Shaw in the 2018 U19 World Cup in New Zealand. The Assam player was bought by Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 IPL auction for his base price of INR 20 lakhs.
In IPL 2019, Parag became the youngest player to score fifty against Delhi Capitals at the age of 17 and 175 days, he broke Rajasthan Royals teammate Sanju Samson’s record.
The inaugural IPL champions were impressed with his finishing skills, so they once again bought him for INR 3.80 crore in the IPL 2022 auction.
Parag has accumulated 126 runs in eight innings, striking over 153 in IPL 2022 so far. He played a match-winning knock against RCB, scoring 56 in 31 balls after his team struggled to score.
Parag’s efforts pushed RR to 144/8 in the first innings and they eventually won by 29 runs.