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From laughing stock to Rajasthan Royals best player; Riyan Parag explains how he changed his game

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Riyan Parag’s recent performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) are a testament to his growing maturity and talent. Despite being part of the IPL since 2019, it’s only now that he seems to be hitting his stride. His impressive unbeaten fifty in the MI vs RR match of the IPL 2024 season earned him the orange cap, signaling a significant milestone in his career.

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Acknowledging his struggles in the previous season, where he managed only 78 runs in 7 matches, Parag attributes his turnaround to simplicity and consistent backing from both himself and the Rajasthan Royals franchise over the past six seasons.

Reflecting on his success, Parag mentioned in a post-match interview that he hasn’t made any drastic changes but rather simplified his approach, focusing on watching the ball and hitting it. He also highlighted the benefits of batting at the number four spot in domestic cricket, which has aided his performance in the ongoing IPL season.

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“Nothing has changed, just that I have simplified things. Before I would think about things too much, this year the goal is simple: watch the ball, hit the ball,” said Parag.

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Parag’s admission of returning to the drawing board during tough times and his dedication to practicing various scenarios exemplifies his commitment to improvement. Despite facing challenges, he remains resilient and focused on delivering his best on the field.

Riyan Parag has got off to a great start as the batter from Assam has scored 181 runs in 3 matches for the Rajasthan Royals, helping them win all 3 of the matches.