'Accept that this is a bad phase' - Riyan Parag reveals Virat Kohli's game-changing advice post Deodhar Trophy heroics
Riyan Parag finished as the highest run scorer of the tournament with 354 runs to his name from five innings.
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Riyan Parag was seen in imperious form in the recently concluded Deodhar Trophy 2023 as he finished as the highest run scorer of the tournament with 354 runs to his name from five innings at an average of 88.50 with two hundreds and one fifty. Furthermore, he also smacked most sixes in the tournament (23) and was also the joint third-highest wicket taker (11 wickets). Courtesy of his stupendous show, the 21-year-old was deservedly awarded Player of the Tournament.
However, things weren’t going smooth for the youngster four months back as he had a rather forgettable season in IPL 2023 where he amassed 78 runs from seven innings and even got dropped from the team. Going through a tough period, Parag turned to star India batter Virat Kohli for advice and his words of wisdom changed his fortunes.
“Mai puri baat nahi bata paunga (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,” Parag told IndianExpress.
Further speaking about his massive trolling on the internet post his low returns in the IPL, Parag stated that people aren’t happy with whatever he does.
I have an idea why people hate me: Riyan Parag
“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,” he added.
Notably, Rajasthan Royals roped in Riyan Parag for INR 3.8 crore during the IPL 2022 mega auction in February 2022. However, his below-par outings for the franchise made him a butt of jokes on social media. But, Parag has silenced his critics in style with his remarkable performances in the Deodhar Trophy.