Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag (Image Credit: Twitter)

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

Riyan Parag, Rajasthan Royals
Riyan Parag (Image Credit: Twitter)

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.

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.

Sanju Samson, Kartik Tyagi, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2021
Rajasthan Royals. (Photo: BCCI)

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.

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