Rajasthan Royals Coach Reveals ‘Trade Strategy’ By Franchise To Get Best Out Of Riyan Parag

Apr2,2024



Rajasthan Royals assistant coach Shane Bond has described in-form Riyan Parag as a “hugely talented” player and compared him to young Suryakumar Yadav, who joined Mumbai Indians several years ago and became one of the most explosive T20 batsmen. Went. World. The 22-year-old Parag has brought his excellent form from domestic cricket to the IPL and has scored two high-quality fifties to help Rajasthan win all three matches so far.

Parag's latest effort came in his team's six-wicket win against Mumbai Indians on Monday. He scored an unbeaten 54 off 39 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes while leading the Royals' chase of 126 runs.

“He (Parag) reminds me to some extent of Surya (Suryakumar Yadav), who came to Mumbai a few years ago. That's what he looks like – he's got tremendous talent. He has matured as a cricketer even though he is only 22,” Bond, who is also the RR bowling coach, said in the post-match press conference.

Bond played a key role in developing bowling talents at MI during his nine-year stint with the Mumbai-based franchise from 2015, before his move to Jaipur this year.

“He (Parag) has had a great domestic season, obviously he is batting higher up the order. The trade we made with Devdutt (Padikkal) by bringing in Avesh (Khan) was to put Ryan in a position that was probably better suited,” the former New Zealand fast bowler said.

World number one T20 batsman Suryakumar joined MI in 2011 and spent four years at Kolkata Knight Riders from 2014-17 before being brought back to the Mumbai team in 2018. He is recovering from a recent surgery. Bond said that Parag has had to play the role of finisher in the IPL at a young age while other teams have experienced international players in that role.

“Ryan started at such a young age, you forget he was 17 years old or something, playing in one of the toughest spots in the batting line-up at No. 6. You look at the characters who come into the IPL finish the game around, they're usually quite experienced guys,” she said.

“(The) Tim Davids, (the) Dave Millers… these are high quality players who play international cricket. Ryan has been entrusted with this task for many years. He is still a very young man, but he has a wealth of experience now.

“We are getting the best of him. The investment that RR has made is beginning to bear fruit. It's quite exciting what he can offer for us for the rest of the season.'' Bond also felt “selfless” was Yuzvendra Chahal, who bowled a modest spell of 4-0-11-3 to lead Rajasthan to victory on Monday. Made, if he continues to perform well then he may come back to India.

“The competition is quite tough, so one of the real challenges for any bowler coming into this tournament is to forget that there is a World Cup, and you start bowling to get into the World Cup team. “

“If your team is successful, you are in a winning team, selection and rewards come from that. Our main focus has been to forget the noise coming from outside and just work hard for each other.

“If we do that, I have no doubt that people will start talking about Chahal like you are now about Chahal and whether he will play in the World Cup or not. He is bowling brilliantly and if he keeps doing this then we have a big chance in this tournament.

Bond said that knowing about the opposition players also helps in making strategies for his current team.

“When you've obviously spent so much time with some of the players, watched them every day and talked to them about their game and the way they see the game, it definitely helps. “

“It was fun being on the other side of the team. You get a lot of satisfaction when some players are out.” MI fast bowler Akash Madhwal said the fresh pitch at the Wankhede Stadium helped the bowlers in the first game but maintaining tight lines was equally important.

“We had to get our basics right and bowl in line with the stumps. The pitch gave some help to the fast bowlers,” said Madhwal, who took 3/20.

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