The Rajasthan Royals finished second in the 2022 Indian Premier League, losing by seven wickets against the Gujarat Titans in the final. The Royals put in strong performances throughout the season, with opener Jos Buttler claiming the Orange Cap and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal taking home the Purple Cap. The Royals have not reached the IPL final since the inaugural edition in 2008, when they won the tournament under the captaincy of the late Shane Warne.
Riyan Parag, a youngster, was one of many players who helped the Royals during the season with vital efforts. The Assam all-rounder didn’t receive many chances at the plate, but he was a whirlwind on the field, finishing the season with the most catches (17 in as many games). In 14 innings, Parag scored 183 runs, including a half-century against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the midst of a batting collapse. The RR innings was revived by Parag’s quick fifty (56* off 31 balls) as the team scored 144/8 in 20 overs.
However, an altercation between Parag and RCB players after the last over tarnished the innings, and the Royals’ youth has finally spoken out about it during a gaming stream on Rooter.
“When we were playing against RCB last year, Harshal Patel ejected me.” I was on my way back. Then he motioned for me to leave with a hand gesture. That was something I didn’t notice right away. When I returned to the hotel and watched the replay, I noticed that. “It’s stayed with me ever since,” Parag recalled as he related the story.
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“I used the same motion when I hit him (Harshal) in the last over (against RCB in IPL 2022). I didn’t say anything, and I didn’t threaten anyone. Siraj, on the other hand, called me. Harshal remained silent.
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“”Hey, come here, come here,” Siraj urged as the innings concluded. ‘You’re a kid, act like a kid,’ he urged. ‘Bhaiya, I’m not saying anything to you,’ I assured him. Players from both teams arrived at that point, and the game concluded there. Harshal didn’t shake my hand later. “I thought that was a little immature,” Parag continued.