Twitter reacts as Riyan Parag finally gets his first IPL half-century
His first fifty might have taken some time but the way he made it happen was totally worth the wait.
Updated - May 4, 2019 8:50 pm
Fans were going gaga over the fact that the 17-year-old Riyan Parag was playing against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in his IPL debut, in April. The reason was that as a 6-year-old Parag had waited in line to get an autograph from his role model MS Dhoni and a decade later he was playing against Dhoni’s team. Today, playing in his seventh IPL match for the Rajasthan Royals, he finally scored his first IPL fifty.
The 17-year-old had already made a mark with the Rajasthan Royals in this season of the IPL with a 31-ball 47 and 29-ball 43 – against Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians respectively. He was unable to make a fifty in either of the games but he helped his side record victories in both the matches.
Parag, who was the last player to get picked in the auction for IPL 2019 last December, became the third youngest player to feature in IPL when he made his debut against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur. Three weeks into the tournament, he has already impressed everyone in his team including Australia’s Steve Smith with his batting at the nets. And now after two 40s he finally got his well-deserved half-century.
As the Rajasthan Royals batted first in their game against the Delhi Capitals today, they kept losing wickets from one end but Parag stood strong and scored a commendable 50 off 49 before getting dismissed by Trent Boult. A few days back the youngster expressed how he believes that he has learned to work under pressure. And today he proved his statement to be true.
Following his brilliant innings, Twitter broke out with praises for the little prodigy. Fans and experts of the game applauded his innings and his nerve at this little age. His first fifty might have taken some time but the way he made it happen was totally worth the wait.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Riyan Parag’s first IPL fifty:
Saw another dimension to Riyan Parag's cricket and it was very good to see. #GemFromAssam
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 4, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 4, 2019
One of the finest knock of this season. Riyan Parag, you absolute beauty 👏 #DCvRR
— Ovi (@Abhijit_19) May 4, 2019
When entire team surrenders, one kid take responsibility to score good for team to defend it.
Well played Riyan and congratulations for your 1st fifty in the IPL. #riyanparag#DCvRR pic.twitter.com/o4AChkXZ2v
— Saurin Shah🇮🇳 (@Saurin_Shah_) May 4, 2019
Other young players should learn from Riyan parag on how to play under pressure.#DCvRR
— Akki (@akkiakki973798) May 4, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 4, 2019
Riyan Parag is the find of IPL19 would you say?
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 4, 2019
Riyan Parag for No. 4 already! The maturity, calm head, good shot selection.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 4, 2019
— Ameya Thakur (@SportyMindset) May 4, 2019
— Akanksha Goyal (@akanksha_goyal_) May 4, 2019
Riyan Parag, I am a fan! #DCvRR
— Aishu Haridas (@imaishu_) May 4, 2019
what a talent!#riyanparag
gets to his maiden @IPL #fifty in style n becomes the youngest to score a 50 in @IPL @rajasthanroyals #DCvRR Indain youngsters r rocking in #VIVOIPL @RealShubmanGill @RishabPant777 @IamSanjuSamson @PrithviShaw #shreyasiyer @imK_Ahmed13 @navdeepsaini
— Rahul Pothana (@rahul_pothana3) May 4, 2019
Riyan Parag has played a great innings for RR #TooYumm
— Sunanda (@cutesunanda) May 4, 2019
— Chowkidar Mahi (@MaheshTanakala) May 4, 2019
RR's 2 top emerging players,
Riyan Parag & Shreyas Gopal both bought for base price 20 lakhs.#RR
— CSK Guru official ™ (@GuruLeaks) May 4, 2019
— Anish Ancil (@anishancil) May 4, 2019
Riyan Parag, 17y 175d, is now the youngest player to score a fifty in IPL. The previous youngest was Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson – 18y 169d. #DCvRR
— Vasu Jain (@vasu_1001) May 4, 2019
Youngest to score IPL 50💥💥-17y 175dys😱
— srivardhan🇮🇳 (@srivard2206) May 4, 2019
Morning shows the day and you have shown that Sunny days are coming for Cricket Assam & India…
All the best dear STAR #riyanparag…
— चौकीदार Akashdeep Chhetri (@AkashChhetri25) May 4, 2019
I love the 'Gamusa,' the traditional Assamese cloth Riyan Parag has on his waistband while playing. Proudly carrying a little piece of Assam to the IPL. pic.twitter.com/9F3KAKSsFh
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) May 4, 2019