Rajasthan Royals’ allrounder, Riyan Parag has recently talked about the advice that he received from star India batter, Virat Kohli.
While he had a rather forgettable IPL 2023, Riyan Parag was excellent in this year’s Deodhar Trophy.
Not only he amassed 354 runs with the bat, but he also was the joint third-highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets.
In the tournament, his average was 88.50 and he smashed two tons and a solitary half-century.
Additionally, he also hit the most number of sixes in this tournament which is 23.
Therefore, for his excellent performances in the tournament, he was awarded the Player of the Tournament as well.
But, in the IPL, Parag was not so fluent in his batting and bowling and was also becoming the butt of many jokes on social media.
He could muster only 78 runs from seven games and was even dropped from the playing XI. When the going got tough, he turned to Virat Kohli to receive some much-needed advice.
Mai puri baat nahi bata paaunga (I cannot tell you the exact conversation). He told me ‘something that has worked for half a year cannot be wrong after a few failures. What happens in the IPL is that the tournament goes on so fast that after failing in two games, you start to question yourself. Everyone makes mistakes and I have made tons of them. Two-three games don’t go your way and you feel (the need) to change your process and work ethic.
Meanwhile, commenting on his trolling, Parag says that there are certain reasons that fans don’t like him very much.
Parag says that he has an idea of why people hate him so much
Adding further, he says,
People have a problem with me chewing gum. If my collar is up that’s a problem. I celebrate after taking a catch that’s a problem. They have a problem with me gaming and playing golf in my off time. I have an idea why people hate me. There is a rulebook about how you should play cricket. The T-shirt should be tucked in, the collar should be down, give respect to everyone, don’t sledge anyone, and I am completely the opposite.
Meanwhile, during last year’s IPL auction, Rajasthan Royals purchased Riyan Parag for INR 3.8 crores.
But, his meager performances for RR made him a joker on social media and fans couldn’t stop trolling him.
However, he has now silenced all his critics in an elegant style by playing well in the Deodhar Trophy.
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