Riyan Parag, PTI
Riyan Parag, PTI

Madan Lal, an India legend, and also a World Cup-winning all-rounder, was brutal in his assessment of Riyan Parag. In fact, Madan Lal feels Riyan Parag is one of the few players who hasn’t shown any improvement as the IPL has moved from one season to another.

Ever since Riyan Parag of Rajasthan Royals said that he wants to be the greatest finisher in Indian cricket, he has only managed to rub people off the wrong way. The Rajasthan Royals batter has been in the news more for his on-field actions rather than his performance with the bat.

Madan Lal. Image-Twitter
Madan Lal. Image-Twitter

Madan Lal Blames Riyan Parag For Failing To Give A Single Stand Out Performance Despite Playing All Matches In IPL 2022

Riyan Parag first draw the ire of fans when he mocked the third umpire after his catch of Marcus Stoinis was turned down, and later when he showed frustration at senior partner Ravichandran Ashwin during a miscommunicated run-out. All this, after Riyan Parag ended the IPL 2022 season with a miserly 183 runs from 17 matches.

India legend and a former World Cup-winning all-rounder Madan Lal criticized Riyan Parag for having another poor IPL 2022. In fact, Madan Lal feels Riyan Parag is one of the few uncapped Indian players who hasn’t shown any considerable improvement as the IPL has moved from one season to another. It is hard to argue with the statement.

Riyan Parag of Rajasthan Royals (PTI)
Riyan Parag of Rajasthan Royals (PTI)

“Riyan Parag has played all matches but hasn’t given a single performance. When you talk of him… he is not that big a player who can change the game. Until now, all the IPLs that have taken player, and all the players who have taken part, they all have shown improvement and stepped up. But this player (Parag) hasn’t shown any progress given the number of chances he has got. The slot at which he plays is very important in T20 cricket. Because that is where you can accelerate and score runs. Now if you can’t score runs from there, your difficulties will only increase,” Madan Lal said.

In IPL 2019, Riyan Parag scored 160 runs from seven matches – his best season – while in the following years, the 20-year-old youngster has tallied 86 runs from 12 matches in 2020 and 93 from 11 games in 2021. Riyan Parag had been released by RR ahead of the IPL 2022 auction. They did, however, re-sign the player for 3.80 crores over the two-day event. He was given a lot of trust by the team’s management, and he played in each of the team’s 17 games.

Riyan Parag Receives Strong Backing From Rajasthan Royals Coach Cum Director Kumar Sangakkara

Despite his theatrics on the field, Riyan Parag has received strong backing from his coach cum director at Rajasthan Royals, Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankan batting legend came out in defense of the under-fire Riyan Parag and said a promotion in the batting order from next season could bring out the best in him.

“I think Riyan Parag… he has got huge amount of potential, and we got to work him into higher batting number by the time we come in next season. I look forward to kind of grooming him to become a more of a kind of an early middle-order player rather than just a death-hitter. Because, I think he is so accomplished against spin as well as pace,” the Sri Lankan batting great noted.

Kumar Sangakkara Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara Getty Images

Riyan Parag amassed 183 runs from 17 matches averaging 16.64 at a strike rate of 138.64, with the best score of 56 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Riyan Parag found a place in the Rajasthan Royals setup again for INR 3.8 Crores. He had also picked 1 wicket bowling 4 overs conceding 59 runs.