Friday, March 31, 2023

Parag: Not your Riyan of the mill cricketer

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CHENNAI: When Riyan Parag walked out to the center, with Assam diminished to 45/2 whereas chasing 351 towards Jammu & Kashmir within the quarterfinal of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Ahmedabad on Monday, not many had been positive how the top end result can be. Not even Riyan’s father Parag Das. However Das knew one factor. Riyan needed to do effectively for them to have an opportunity of getting over the road.

And Das knew he had performed his half when he spoke to Riyan earlier than the match. He advised Riyan that there can be one other Vijay Hazare Trophy subsequent yr, however the match that simply received over won’t ever come again once more. “I told him, ‘You will grow, and someday even become a great player, but that situation, the bowler, the ground, the circumstances will never happen again. Keep in mind, play it like it is your last match. Don’t think that you should have done this or that. Do it now, enjoy and seize the moment,” Das advised this every day.

Maybe, Riyan remembered all of it too effectively when he went out to bat. This was Assam’s first quarterfinal since 2012-13. It was his first as effectively. Within the lead as much as the knockouts, Assam had crushed Jharkhand, Karnataka, Vidarbha and Rajasthan. He was among the many high run-scorers as effectively. He knew that in the event that they let go of this chance, it won’t come again once more. He needed to keep there and do it now. Over the following couple of hours, that’s precisely what he did as he smashed a unprecedented 116-ball 174 to take Assam into the semifinals. Or, as Das advised him, he had seized the second.

Das isn’t shocked although. He says that he knew the second Riyan went previous his fifty, one thing particular was going to occur. In spite of everything, he has seen his son undergo vital progress not simply bodily, however mentally, because the pandemic broke. He believes that Riyan has change into extra mature as an individual previously couple of years. 

Now, Riyan is the embodiment of a Gen Z (individuals who had been born between 1997-2012) cricketer. He isn’t shy of his identification or character, neither is he hesitant to benefit from the little issues in life and share it with everybody else. One skim via his social media will inform rather a lot. He dwell tweets matches like some other cricket fan (Assam’s marketing campaign is chronicled in an enticing method on his twitter timeline), NFTs, popular culture references and video video games… he by no means hesitates to point out his unabashed admiration for different cricketers — even when most on the platform is on the opposite finish of the spectrum.

Social media can get poisonous, particularly when you find yourself not within the majority. Add to it that you’re a skilled cricketer from India, every thing you say can be associated to your efficiency on the sphere. With Riyan, it has occurred a number of occasions. Typically, it has been for ridiculous causes reminiscent of appreciating Virat Kohli and even celebrating a catch on the sphere in the course of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In some way, the 21-year-old has managed to tide via all this with out dropping the vibe he brings to the sphere. 

Nonetheless, it should not have been straightforward. At the least, it wasn’t early on for his dad and mom. “As a parent, honestly, it will make you feel bad whenever anyone speaks about your child,” says Das. “But we know we are in sports and in India, cricket comes first. The sport holds such a position that it will keep coming and we have to adjust. Me and my wife follow him on Instagram, we know who writes what, but we have to let it go. When he does well, they will praise. Earlier, we used to feel bad. Now, we are used to it.”

As for Riyan, Das says that they discuss it. Riyan being a fan of Kohli helps him in that dialog as effectively. “It turns into the proper instance. ‘If Kohli is not being spared on social media, who are me and you’ is what I inform him. Typically he goes dwell on Instagram and if somebody says one thing there, typically he provides a counter. However I advised him to not intrude or have interaction. Let it go, and allow them to say and do what they need to between themselves.

“No one goes in thinking get out for a duck or give six sixes. Everyone wants to do well, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. Whatever that is said on social media, how to shut them off? You have a bat and ball in hand. No matter whatever you say or reason with them, until you do it with the bat on the field, it won’t happen.”

For Das, Riyan’s positivity comes from each his dad and mom — a little bit of introverted father and an extrovert mom. He feels the way in which Riyan has accepted all this stems from the truth that the all-rounder was uncovered to the world early. He acknowledges the technology hole. “He has been out there since he was eight. And whatever social media that is there, they all began in his generation. We had to learn all this, but not him. He grew alongside all that,” stated the previous first-class cricketer.

The Rajasthan Royals cricketer has discovered a approach to be true to himself on social media regardless of all the celebrity, title and abuse that comes with it. Though it’s not superb or honest, he is aware of that these are the playing cards he has been handled. He has even embraced it. Maybe, his pinned tweet sums it up.

“We all live in a world today where passion is attitude, confidence is arrogance, admiration is sweet talking. And don’t you dare be yourself because that’s termed inappropriate, out of line and no matter what you do, you are sure to be judged. You do you, who cares what they think,” reads the picture on the tweet, with the caption ‘You do you. Always.’ Gen Z, it sounds about proper.

As for the on-field stuff, if he retains doing what he did on Monday, the remainder, in all probability, will deal with itself.

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