‘I imagined hitting Mitchell Starc for 6 sixes in IPL final’: Riyan Parag invites criticism as he makes astonishing confession

Riyan Parag, Mitchell Starc

Riyan Parag never shies away from making bold comments. Time and again, the highly rated batsman has left the cricket fraternity impressed and amazed with his bold claims.

While some simply love him for having so much skill in himself, others simply wait for the right opportunity to troll him. Riyan Parag experienced the latter during the last edition of the IPL when he constantly failed with the bat. Just before the start of the tournament, he had taken to X to write: “My inner consciousness says that I will hit 4 sixes in an over at some point in this IPL…”

Parag did not live up to expectations in IPL 2023 as he managed to score only 78 runs in 7 games. He managed to score only 5 sixes in the season and was widely criticized and trolled. The Assamese star, however, responded to the criticism in style.

He scored many points in the domestic circuit before enjoying a great season in this year’s IPL. He played a key role in Rajasthan Royals’ march to the playoffs. Only Virat Kohli and Ruturaj Gaikwad have scored more runs than him this season. In 16 games, Parag scored 573 runs with the help of four fifties and also broke the record of scoring the most runs in an IPL season while batting at number four.

I have visualized the craziest things: Riyan Parag

With the IPL season done and dusted, Riyan Parag recently appeared on The Ranveer Show. During the talk show, the young man made a bold comment that might surprise many. The Rajasthan Royals star revealed that he had visualized himself taking Kolkata Knight Riders star Mitchell Starc to the cleaners in the IPL 2024 final.

“I have visualized the craziest things. We were two games away from the playoffs and I had already imagined hitting Starc for six sixes in the IPL final. We need 36 runs and I am hitting Starc for six sixes.

“In my room, I stepped up and made those shots. So when I’m in there, it’s nothing new to me. That gives me a lot of satisfaction and clarity because you’re winning those games in the room,” Parag said.

Well, Parag didn’t really get a chance to face Starc in the final as Rajasthan Royals exited the competition at the playoff stage. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders won the title and Starc played a very important role in their victory.