Riyan Parag was a hero for Rajasthan Royals as the side beat Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday, April 26 to go top of the points table. The Royals registered their sixth win of IPL 2022 and are topping the table courtesy of a better net run rate. Gujarat Titans also on 12 points are placed second followed by SRH and Lucknow Super Giants.
Riyan Parag scored an unbeaten 56 with the bat and took four catches in the field as he finally repaid the faith of the Royals. On a pitch where all the other batters struggled the youngster scored a quickfire fifty taking RR to 144. For RCB, it was another batting collapse as they were bowled out for 115 losing the match by 29 runs. The side has two consecutive batting collapses in the season. They were bowled out for 68 against Sunrisers Hyderabad followed by another batting debacle against RR.
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However, the match grabbed eyeballs for a different reason altogether. RCB’s Harshal Patel was engaged in a verbal battle with Parag twice during the game. Harshal had a few things to say to Parag after the Royals’ innings. The youngster smacked 18 runs from Hashal’s final over of their innings. Both were seen to be engaged in a war of words at the halfway point.
Then again, at the end of the game, Harshal Patel was not interested in shaking hands with Riyan Parag as is the norm after every game. Harshal walk past Parag without even bothering to shake hands after the game, something which was crticised by fans on social media.
Parag also spoke about his knock in the post-match presentation after winning the Man of the Match. He said that he was satisfied with the knock and trying to repay the faith shown by the franchise.
I Am Paying Them Back Bit By Bit: Riyan Parag
“A bit of satisfaction. The Royals have shown faith in me for the last three years, and I am paying them back bit by bit. I love pressure and I am just showcasing my abilities. During the time-out, Sanga came out and we agreed that 140 was a good total on this wicket. We decided to go big in the last two overs. I wanted to target Hasaranga in his second over, but we lost wickets, and so I had to strategize and go after Hazlewood and Harshal” said Parag.