How did Riyan Parag pass his time during pandemic restrictions last year? Gaming is the answer. The 19-year-old revealed how he spent 12 hours a day almost gaming. He also spoke about his experience of playing for Rajasthan Royals.
Parag on His Gaming Habit
“I went overboard,” said the 19-year-old Riyan Parag while talking about the pandemic restrictions last year. He said to Hindustan Times, “I play with the top gamers in India. I take it seriously. You can find me sulking if I lose. But I am not as good as them, so I haven’t thought of taking e-sports professionally yet. For that I need to play as long as I used to do in quarantine.” Parag often interacts with his fans and talks about gaming on Instagram as well.
However, now Parag has more things to do. So the game time has been reduced to four hours a day. With IPL 2021 knocking at the door, Parag who showed his skills in the last season and impressed all said, “My job in RR is to basically finish off games. While that one match was good, I could not perform to my potential in the other matches. I hope to gain more consistency this year. I have prepped well with a good Syed Mustaq Ali T20 Trophy for Assam.”
On Being a Middle-Order Batsman and India Debut
In the last Syed Mustaq Ali T20 Trophy, Parag scored 261 in five matches at an average of 87.00 and strike-rate of 141.84. Parag told that even in the Royals he bats at same position and that is to him, the hardest position to bat. “I generally bat at No. 4 or 5 for Assam. It’s mostly the same in RR as well. It’s the hardest position to bat. Either you have to curtail your natural instinct and play cautiously to take your team out of danger or you are in the 18th over and expected to smack every ball to the boundary. You have to pay out of your skin. Doing that consistently under pressure is what I am trying to achieve this season.”
The national team debuts of his teammates from the 2018 U-19 World Cup that India won gives Oarag motivation to perform consistently in the IPL and hope for India debut soon. “It gives me a lot of motivation seeing Prithvi, Shubman. Even Ishan Kishan bhaiya and Surya Kumar Yadav bhaiya with their great senior international debuts. They motivate me to perform more consistently in the IPL and hopefully break into the Indian team”.