"I am shit" - Rajasthan Royals middle-order batsman Riyan Parag tweets after team’s loss against Punjab Kings
The Indian Premier League fraternity witnessed an absolute peach of a high-scoring encounter between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams went toe to toe against each other. Rajasthan Royals looked comfortable in the run-chase but Punjab Kings found a trick to come out on top.
Earlier, Punjab Kings batted first and posted a humongous total of 221/6. KL Rahul played a captain’s knock to perfection. The IPL 2020 Orange Cap winner switched gears to the next level in terms of batting and scored a terrific 91 off just 50 deliveries. He chipped in with 7 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 182.
In reply to PBKS’ target, Rajasthan Royals didn’t get off to a good start as they lost the dangerous Ben Stokes for a duck. They also lost another opener Manan Vohra for 12. However, Sanju Samson accessed the conditions quite superbly and played the best innings of his life. He found some support in the form of Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag in the middle overs.
Riyan Parag posts a tweet on himself; deletes it later
Sanju Samson added a 52-run partnership with Shivam Dube before the latter got dismissed on 23 off 15 balls. However, Riyan Parag looked rock-solid from the word go as he helped his captain Sanju Samson by giving him a breather in the middle overs. Parag smashed as many as 3 sixes and a four.
He looked pretty good for his 25 off just 11 balls but was removed by Mohammed Shami. Samson went on to score a candid century and nearly pulled off a run-chase but lost the game by 4 runs. In the wake of the team’s defeat at the hands of Punjab Kings, Riyan Parag was unhappy with himself as he criticized himself on Twitter.
The 19-year-old took to Twitter and tweeted “I am shit”. His tweet soon spread like wildfire on Twitter. The young player realized that it was not right and he deleted it immediately. RR’s Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara lavished praise on Riyan Parag for his amazing ‘hand speed’.
“Riyan is a special player as you would have seen. He has amazing hand speed and great composure and the fast bowler Shami with his experience took a risk bowling the bumper at the time and Riyan just didn't get enough bat on it. That's the nature of the game. Risk and reward; I love watching Riyan play with that freedom,” Sangakkara said after the match.