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“I always have my options ready on both sides of the wicket” – Riyan Parag
By SMCS - Mar 29, 2024 11:20 am
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Rajasthan Royals batter Riyan Parag recently said that he has been working on trying to score on both sides of the wicket. He also said that he trusts his methods to work against any type of delivery and any bowler as well. However, Parag played one of his best innings for the Royals on Thursday against Delhi Capitals since his IPL debut. With Rajasthan struggling at 36/3 after 7.2 overs, Parag smashed seven fours and six maximums during his 45-ball 84* as well.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag scored his best T20 score

Speaking to the host broadcaster after his knock, the said: “I always have my options ready on both sides of the wicket. That’s what I’ve been working on lately and I just back myself. I know I’ve got the power and the strength to dig out yorker balls or even hit sixes off the short balls. So, I’m just backing myself and whenever it comes, I’m going to hit a boundary. Sometimes, it does work out and sometimes it doesn’t. I think it’s not about the bowler but the ball he is bowling and I practiced a lot of those balls and I could execute a few of them tonight.”

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Riyan Parag also stated that the message from the management was to take it deep when the top order failed to step up as the wicket was good to bat on.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag

“Sanga [Kumar Sangakkara, Royals’ head coach] came in and Sanju [Samson] bhaiyya [brother] came in and told to take it [the innings] deep. I was confident in myself that if I did take it deep, I could get a lot of runs at the end. So someone coming in new… it isn’t that easy. For someone staying and knowing the wicket, it’s a little easier and I just backed myself,” Riyan Parag concluded.