19-year-old Riyan Parag started his VIVO IPL 14 in a fashionable manner. He played a quick cameo of 11-ball 25 runs in Rajasthan Royals’ first match against Punjab Kings. He complimented skipper Sanju Samson well during their hefty run-chase of 222 runs. RR lost the thrilling contest by 4 runs.
IPL 2021: Virat Kohli’s advice to Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag, in a recent interview, revealed what Indian skipper Virat Kohli once told him. Parag stated that Kohli advised him to not think about the Orange Cap last year. Kohli asked the youngster to focus on helping his team during the death overs.
“No, it doesn’t actually [if not getting a lot of chances to bat matters to him]. I had a chat with Virat Kohli during the last IPL. He specifically told me that ‘you are not going to get the Orange Cap. You bat No. 5 or No. 6 so there is no point in you thinking about the Orange Cap. You just think about how you can get those crucial 20 or 30 runs and when you get the chance to go in at a crucial phase, just think how you can get the team through.’ So that really fit in my mind and now I don’t think about how many runs I’m getting, I just think how my runs are benefiting the team,” said Parag in a chat with Cricbuzz.
Riyan Parag also spoke about the positive impact IPL creates on youngsters. “Mentally, it has been a big positive impact. When you play for your state, you get to play India’s best players. But when you play IPL, you get to share the dressing room with players like Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer. These are top current international cricket players. And then when you come up against people like Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni, it makes you mentally very strong,” concluded Parag.