The 21-year-old Assam all-rounder Riyan Parag first made headlines in 2019 when he was bought by IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals for Rs 10 lakh. He would then be retained for three more years, but not before making a name for himself as the selfish brat who wouldn’t mind taking on seniors like Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj in IPL games. Perhaps too many fans misunderstood him and didn’t think twice before bashing him left, right and center on social media.
Nevertheless, the youngster seems to have learned his lessons and used them effectively as he put up a stellar batting display in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 where he scored 552 runs including three hundreds. Now he has only one goal: to play for India.
“I am prioritizing myself and my opinion of myself. can definitely play for India In the following years, that’s why I’m just sticking to that and working, working and working only for that.
Furthermore, he spoke about how people have misunderstood him for his celebration, adding that he will keep doing what he does as the game gets serious.
“There is such a thing in India where cricket has to be played in a certain way. There is a rule book for cricket, I think only successful players can celebrate and you can do this, you can do that. I started the sport because I loved it and enjoy the sport,” he said.
“And that is how I play my cricket… whether it is IPL or school games at home. I am not going to change the way I play cricket or celebrate. It’s just that I enjoy it. Nowadays people have taken the fun out of the game, it is a very serious game (laughs). I like to play my cricket in a very fun way. He is not going to change. If people want to change their opinion, they can. Even if they don’t, it doesn’t really matter because I’m very satisfied with myself.”
Parag is one of the few people who have been retained by the Royals, he spoke about the issue saying that people see his celebration but do not pay attention to why the Royals management is so keen to retain him .
“Everyone talked about how the management supported me but no one really threw light on why they were supporting me. Only the team and the management know that.”