Riyan Parag reveals the craziest thing he did to meet Virat Kohli
He also spoke at length about why he doesn't believe in having any superstitions.
Updated - May 23, 2019 12:16 pm
Rajasthan Royals have been unearthing some amazing talents over the years and this year, they managed to bring in Riyan Parag into the limelight. The young teenage sensation from Assam was preparing for his 12th board exams whilst playing some match-winning knocks in the IPL for Rajasthan and yet found success in both his streams.
In an event at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, Riyan Parag spoke exclusively to CricTracker and revealed some interesting details about himself. When the 17-year-old was asked if he had met Virat Kohli, who is one of his idols, Parag revealed an interesting story that goes back to the U-19 World Cup last year. He revealed how close he came to interacting with him at that time and fell short.
“I had a crazy scene with him last year. We were on the same flight (To Dubai), we were heading to New Zealand (For the U19 World Cup), they were heading to South Africa. We were in the economy lounge, they were in the first-class lounge. I really wanted to meet him, so I even changed terminals to get in touch with him.
After 30 minutes hardwork, once I reached the lounge, the receptionist said I can’t go inside. I was really devastated after that but then in this IPL when we played Royal Challengers Bangalore, someone said Kohli was looking for me. I finally went and met him, he signed my bat and asked me to enjoy my game,” Parag revealed on the sidelines of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019 finals in Jaipur.
I’m not a superstitious person, says Parag
A lot of young cricketers these days are not endorsing the ideas of superstitions and when I asked Parag if he believes in such aspects, he said he doesn’t want to get completely into one of those things and carry it through for the rest of his life. He also denied commenting anything more than that as many cricketers over the years have followed such superstitions.
“I talk about this topic to Paddy, for me if I’m starting a superstition, I really get into it. I can’t comment badly on that, so many of them have followed such things. I don’t believe in that. I feel good about something I go on about it, doesn’t really matter what others are talking about it,” Parag said.