Resilient Riyan Parag looking forward to playing at home


Jaipur : A redemption story was written on Thursday evening in Jaipur when 22-year-old Riyan Parag played a pivotal knock of 84* to help Rajasthan Royals register their second win of the current Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The all-rounder from Guwahati has enjoyed a good start to the season, having also scored 43 in the first match, and is hoping to take his form deep into the season when the Royals come back to the Northeast to play two matches.

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Speaking on the back of his innings, Riyan said, “It’s been a steady start to the season so far, and I’m hoping to continue this form going forward. We are excited about coming back home to Guwahati this season. Last year, playing in front of my home crowd, it was certainly a remarkable experience, and hopefully we will have the chance to provide the Royals’ fans in the Northeast another chance to witness some good victories.”

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Into his sixth season of the IPL at the age of just 22, Riyan has experienced the highs and lows of being a professional athlete, and the relief on Thursday evening was visible. He had commented after the game, “It’s been tough, and I am a little emotional right now but yes, I think it’s a lot of work and I’ve backed myself, I’ve practiced a lot and I think I’m seeing the fruits of it now.”

Elaborating on the hard work that has gone in over the past six seasons, and especially in the past couple of years, Riyan said, “I think it’s the fruit of a lot of practice. I’ve put in a lot of practice behind the scenes and I think it’s out there. It’s not about the bowler I’m facing but it’s the ball he’s bowling and I think I’ve practiced a lot of those balls and I could execute a few of them tonight.”

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Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had also tweeted post Riyan’s match-winning innings where he said, “Well played Riyan! Your superb knock helped the team win this match. Your home ground in Guwahati awaits your performance later this season.”

An excited Riyan had replied to the CM saying, ” Thank you Sir, looking forward to come and play at home.”

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