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“Reminds me of Suryakumar Yadav”: RR assistant coach Shane Bond praises Riyan Parag | Cricket News

Rajasthan Royals (RR) assistant and bowling coach Shane Bond said that young Riyan Parag reminded him of Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav. Parag played an unbeaten 54 runs off 39 balls against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday. He hit 5 fours and 3 sixes with a strike rate of 138.46. The 22-year-old was given the ‘orange cap’ in IPL 2024 after his fierce knock. The Rajasthan-based franchise secured a 6-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Bond said Parag had “extreme talent” and had matured as a cricketer.

“He reminds me a little of Surya, who came to Mumbai a few years ago. He looks like this – he has extreme talent. “He has just matured as a cricketer even though he is only 22,” said Bond.

The RR assistant coach added that the franchise’s main focus is to win games in the tournament.

“If your team is successful, you are on a winning team, decisions and rewards come from that. That was more our focus, forgetting all the other outside noise and just working really hard for each other,” he added.

To summarize the game, after winning the toss, RR chose to bowl first. Trent Boult (3/22) destroyed the MI top-order in the powerplay, reducing them to 20/4. A 56-run partnership between skipper Hardik Pandya (34 in 21 balls, with six fours) and Tilak Varma (32 in 29 balls, with two sixes) briefly brought some order to the innings before MI suffered another collapse and ended up at 125 / ended. 9 in 20 overs.

Yuzvendra Chahal (3/11) and Nandre Burger (2/32) bowled well for RR and rocked the MI batting line-up with regular wickets without giving them a chance to breathe.

In the run chase, RR lost openers Jos Buttler (13) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (10) while skipper Sanju Samson could only make 12 off 10 balls. Reduced to 48/3, they found themselves in a difficult situation. But Riyan Parag once again produced a brilliant save and scored 54* in 39 balls, with five fours and three sixes, to give his side a six-wicket win with 27 balls remaining.

Akash Madhwal (3/20) was the pick of the bowlers for MI.

After the win, the Rajasthan-based franchise stands at the top of the standings with six points and a net run rate of 1.249. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya’s team is at the bottom of the table and has not picked up any points yet.

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