While Rajasthan Royals (RR) had a memorable game against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Tuesday in Dubai, all-rounder Riyan Parag had a forgetful individual outing. The right-hander managed 4 runs off 5 balls with the bat, conceded 16 runs in the only over he bowled, while also dropped a catch of KL Rahul, which would have proven fatal but for RR’s sensational comeback.
Riyan Parag, who is an active participant on social media, faced the brunt of it; he was trolled heavily for his poor performance in all three departments versus Punjab.
Riyan Parag shares his mother’s encouraging text
But, Riyan Parag found a comforting shed in the form of his mother, who, on the next after the game, texted him asking about his wellbeing. She also motivated her 19-year-old son by asking him to never doubt his own abilities.
Riyan Parag shared a screenshot of the message from his mother on Twitter.
Maaaa. She knows. Always ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BlTRJCOSgy
— Riyan Parag (@ParagRiyan) September 23, 2021
The Assam born cricketer has scored 82 runs this season at a strike rate of 138.98, but has been expensive with the ball, leaking at 11.50 per over.
We just kept fighting and believing: Sanju Samson
With just 8 runs needed off 12 balls, with 8 wickets in hand, and with two set batters at the crease, the game seemed to be comfortable going into Punjab’s pocked. Until it didn’t.
Mustafizur Rahman bowled a brilliant 19th over conceding just four. Kartik Tyagi then, with just 4 to play with, bowled arguably the best last over in the IPL’s history – he gave away just one run, snapped a couple of wickets as the Royals registered an unbelievable heist.
RR captain Sanju Samson said that they had kept believing in themselves and wanted to fight till the last ball.
“It’s funny that we kept believing (that we could win). I kept the overs of Mustafizur and Tyagi for the end, believing. Cricket is a funny game right. We just kept fighting and believing. I always believe in my bowlers, want to keep fighting and that’s why I kept those two overs till the end,” Samson said.
The Royals remain alive in the playoff race with 4 wins in 8 games; they sit on the fifth spot in the points table. Rajasthan will meet the high-flying Delhi Capitals on Saturday afternoon in Abu Dhabi.