Talented India youngster Riyan Parag openly revealed that he looks up to no other batsman but Virat Kohli. The admiration he holds for the former India captain is based on a deep sense of relatability and understanding. After an exceptional display in the Deodhar Trophy against West Zone, where he scored a brilliant 102 runs off 68 balls alongside Kumar Kushagra, Parag expressed his admiration for Virat Kohli.
With an impressive aggregate of 259 runs in the tournament at an impressive average of 86.33, Parag’s batting prowess has drawn attention, ranking him fourth before the final match. When questioned about his cricketing role models, Parag was unequivocal in stating that it has always been Virat Kohli who serves as his primary source of inspiration.
While he acknowledges the abundance of talented batsmen in his generation, Parag finds a special connection with Kohli and revealed that he frequently seeks guidance from the cricketing icon. The valuable insights that Kohli shares resonate deeply with Parag, enhancing his understanding of the game and enabling him to apply the learnings effectively.
The camaraderie between Parag and Kohli is not limited to the domestic circuit; the two are often seen engaged in conversations during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite Parag’s consistent performance in domestic cricket, he has yet to secure a place in the IPL, a league where he aspires to showcase his talents on the grand stage.
Apart from his impressive batting performances, Parag also credited his Rajasthan Royals (RR) teammate, Ravichandran Ashwin, for providing valuable guidance on bowling techniques.
Ashwin’s astute advice on subtle aspects of bowling, such as varying the carrom ball, had a profound impact on Parag’s game.
By adjusting his hand position, with the palm facing towards him and releasing it towards the batsman, Parag instantly noticed a significant improvement in his bowling. These subtle adjustments, as Parag expressed, have been instrumental in honing his skills and significantly enhancing his performance.
Ravichandran Ashwin provided valuable assistance in improving Riyan Parag’s bowling technique
As the Deodhar Trophy final approaches, with East Zone set to face South Zone, Parag’s consistent form and thirst for learning from his cricketing idols bode well for his future in the sport.
The young cricketer’s affinity for Kohli’s approach and Ashwin’s mentorship exemplify the importance of mentorship and guidance in nurturing talent and fostering growth in the ever-competitive world of cricket.
With determination and continuous development, Riyan Parag is undoubtedly a name to watch out for, as he aspires to carve a niche for himself in the illustrious realm of Indian cricket.