Assamese cricketer Riyan Parag has been in the headlines in the wake of his stellar performance against Jammu and Kashmir in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022.
The youngster has been making waves in the domestic cricket circuit by chipping in with consistent performances with the bat so far.
Apart from his batting skills, he has been quite productive with the ball as well. He made a real case for himself as one of the top assets for Assam.
During the quarter-final clash between Assam and Jammu and Kashmir, Riyan Parag let his bat do the talking in the run-chase of 351 as he scored a match-winning knock.
Parag scored 174 off just 116 balls where he hit as many as 12 fours to his name. Apart from that, he also flexed his muscles in a such a manner that he hammered as many as 12 sixes.
Riyan Parag drew plaudits from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity for his surreal knock against Jammu and Kashmir. His match-winning knock helped Assam beat Jammu and Kashmir by seven wickets.
Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022: Riyan Parag Takes An Indirect Dig At India’s Senior Cricketer Dinesh Karthik
The Indian national cricket team doesn’t have several batters who can also be productive with the ball, particularly in the truncated version of the game.
However, Riyan Parag has been making a statement by delivering the goods with the bat and ball. As of now, he is the third leading run-scorer with 537 runs at a superb batting average of 76.71.
Overall, he has slammed as many as three centuries, 1 fifty. Meanwhile, the youngster, after leading his team to a memorable win, took to his Twitter and posted a tweet. The tweet was supposedly an apparent dig at the experts, cricketers who argued that smaller teams shouldn’t compete with stronger teams.
“Say it louder… “Assam hai aasaan nai” (It’s Assam, don’t mistake it for easy),” Riyan Parag tweeted. Not long ago, India’s veteran wicket-keeper, Dinesh Karthik opposed the idea of smaller teams competing with bigger teams in the domestic circuit.
It is due to the fact that the weaker teams might as well have a high chance of getting battered and bruised at the hands of the bigger teams. It would turned out to be one-sided affairs, which is not good for the sport.
“Also on another side note Does it make sense to have the north east teams play the elite teams in the league phase. It just topples the run rates of teams and imagine if a match against one of these teams gets rained off! Can’t they have a separate group and then qualify ?,” Karthik questioned.