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“I had to put up with stuff I didn’t really deserve” – Riyan Parag
By SMCS - Jul 2, 2024 7:30 pm
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Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Riyan Parag accepted being affected by the undeserved hatred and negativity earlier in his career. The youngster received an IPL contract from RR in his teens in 2019 but failed to keep up the expectations. However, Parag had a reasonably impressive debut IPL season in 2019 with an average of 32 and a strike rate of 126.98 in seven games as well. However, he struggled massively in the next four IPL seasons from 2020 to 2023 with a lone half-century in 47 games as well.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag

In an interview with ESPNCricinfo after his maiden India call-up for the upcoming Zimbabwe T20Is, Parag said: “It’s not easy. But then again, after last year, I had a chat with myself. And this sort of a comeback is personal, because I had to put up with stuff I didn’t really deserve. Maybe I’ve lacked in preparation, maybe I’ve lacked in a few things, but then I’ve always put my best foot forward. I thought I didn’t deserve all the trolling, but what could I do? People are going to say things regardless. Last year they said I wasn’t good enough to play in the IPL. Now they want me in the Indian team. So people change, just like a switch.”

However, he enjoyed sublime form in the domestic season after IPL 2023 and continued his impressive run in the 2024 IPL season as well. He also finished with 573 runs at an average of 52.09 and a strike rate of 149.22 in 15 matches, resulting in his national call-up as well. Riyan Parag also feels he matured as a cricketer and thanks to all the pain caused by the hatred and negativity directed towards him as well.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag

“Maturity comes with pain. There are millions watching the IPL. When I don’t perform, I feel terrible. And people add to it. Opinions from fans add to it. Opinions from great players add to it. So I just had to figure out what really mattered. Why was I getting so much hate? Why was I getting negative energy from all the people except those from the Royals set-up? I tried to understand my game. And once I started doing that, I got this sudden love for getting into cricket a lot,” concluded Riyan Parag.