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Riyan Parag Sets A New Record For Most Catches (14) By An Indian Player Overtaking Ravindra Jadeja (13)In A Single IPL Season

Riyan Parag, PTI
Riyan Parag, PTI

Riyan Parag, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) rising star has set a new record for the most catches taken by an Indian fielder in a single IPL season. Earlier tonight in the match against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Riyan Parag took his 14th catch in IPL 2022.

Obed McCoy came in to bowl the ninth over against CSK. On the fourth ball of the over, Narayan Jagadeesan charged and tried to play a big shot off a slower delivery. However, he did not connect well and ended up handing a catch to Riyan Parag in the mid-off region.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag. Image Credits: Twitter

Riyan Parag Sets A New Record For Most Catches (14) By An Indian Player In A Single IPL Season

Riyan Parag has been one of the best fielders in IPL 2022. He has made difficult catches seem easy. Courtesy of Narayan Jagadeesan ‘s catch earlier tonight, the RR batter now stands atop the all-time list for the most catches by an Indian in an IPL season.

Riyan Parag has broken a unique record which was previously held by Ravindra Jadeja. (Image Courtesy: IPLT20.com)
Riyan Parag has broken a unique record that was previously held by Ravindra Jadeja. (Image Courtesy: IPLT20.com)

Former Chennai Super Kings captain Ravindra Jadeja previously held this record, having taken 13 catches each in 2015 and 2021. Even Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma grabbed 13 catches in the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League. AB de Villiers holds the overall record. Playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2016, AB de Villiers took 19 catches in 16 matches.

Riyan Parag Believes Cricket Is A Fun Game And He Tries To Enjoy It

Ahead of the match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings, Riyan Parag had a brief chat with the host broadcasters.

He shared his views on how he plays the game and said: “I believe cricket is a fun game and we started playing because we enjoyed it. So, when I’m playing, I try to enjoy it, and that enhances my performance as well. The season has been up and down but we’re in third place, that’s what matters.”

Rajasthan Royals needed to beat CSK in their last league game to ensure a top-two finish in the points table. Chasing 151, they were in a spot of bother at 76 for three. However, Yashasvi Jaiswal (59 off 44) and Ravichandran Ashwin (40* off 23) ensured a five-wicket win for Rajasthan.

The right-handed batsman made his IPL debut in 2019 and now holds the record of being the youngest to score an IPL fifty. While he did not score many runs in the IPL 2020 and even in 2021, RR has shown faith in his abilities by buying him back at the mega auction for a whopping INR 3,80,00,000. Riyan Parag has scored 164 runs in 14 IPL 2022 games averaging 18.22.

Riyan Parag (Image Credit: Twitter)
Riyan Parag (Image Credit: Twitter)

During the 39th match of the IPL 2022, where Rajasthan Royals (RR) faced Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Pune, the 20-year-old played a very crucial role. He won the Player of the Match award in that game.

After RCB sent RR to bat first in that game, while other RR batters were struggling, Riyan Parag scored a very important 56 not out off 31 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. The right-handed middle-order batter was the only player to score 30+ runs in that entire game. His batting helped RR to manage the match-winning total of 144/8 in 20 overs.

In reply, RCB were all out for 115 runs (19.3 overs) as RR won that game by 29 runs. During that second innings, Riyan Parag successfully took four catches. So, during that game, Riyan Parag scored 50+ runs (56*) and also took four catches. He became the first Indian to score 50+ runs and also to take four catches in an IPL match.

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