IPL 2022: Harshal Patel refuses to shake hands with Riyan Parag after RR vs RCB game in Pune

IPL 2022: Harshal Patel refuses to shake hands with Riyan Parag after RR vs RCB game in Pune

Parag and Harshal had exchanged words at the end of RR's innings.

Harshal Patel and Riyan Parag
Harshal Patel and Riyan Parag. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rajasthan Royals (RR) continued their merry run in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season on Tuesday against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). They defended 144 runs pretty comfortably at the MCA Stadium in Pune to win the encounter by 29 runs. Riyan Parag and the Royals bowlers were the chief architects of the victory as they climbed to the top of the points table with their sixth victory of the season in eight outings.

Apart from RR’s stunning victory, another incident that remained the talking point of the match was the tempers flaring between Harshal Patel and Riyan Parag. The two players exchanged some serious words at the end of RR’s innings when Parag finished off with a six off the former’s bowling. The two were seen having a go at each other before the members from both sides separated them. Many felt it happened in the heat of the moment and even Riyan Parag seemed to have forgotten the incident.

Irrespective of what happens during the match, the players of the two teams tend to shake hands at the end of the match. However, the scenes after the game between RCB and RR were not great as Harshal Patel didn’t shake hands with Riyan Parag. The latter was delighted after playing a crucial role in the team’s win and came forward to shake hands with his counterpart. But Harshal refused to do so and just walked past him. Even Parag was shocked to see him walk past like that and social media was quick to spot Harshal’s actions.

Here’s the video:

A memorable game for Parag, not so for Harshal

Meanwhile, it was a memorable game for Riyan Parag as he finally responded to all the criticism by scoring his second IPL fifty. He came out to bat with his side in all sorts of trouble but stayed unbeaten till the end to propel the Royals to 144 runs in their 20 overs. He was a star on the field as well taking some good catches at long on. He took catches of Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai and Harshal Patel to deservedly win the Player of the Match award.