India have been looking for the next big finisher since MS Dhoni retired from international cricket. Hardik Pandya tried to fill his shoes as Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant are the other names that have come up as successors of the former skipper. However, Riyan Parag, who plays for the Rajasthan Royals, said that he has the ability to become the country’s best finisher.
The T20 World Cup is just around the corner. The tournament will take place in Australia in the October- November period. While it will be too early for Parag to make a place in the side, he would want to cement his role as a finisher in the coming years.
“I don’t want to praise myself too much, but I think I can be the best finisher not just for Rajasthan Royals but for India in years to come. I have got the skill-set, I’ve got the all-rounder abilities and not just batting, fielding and bowling as well. Yes, I’ve got a lot to work on and I’ve got to be consistent. I’ve got to work a lot on a lot of areas but I firmly believe that I can do it for the Rajasthan Royals team and the country as well,” Parag said on ‘Red Bull’s Greatness Starts Here’.
Riyan Parag in 20 years old. After playing a key role in India U19’s World Cup triumph in 2018, he was picked by the Rajasthan Royals next year. In 34 IPL matches, the youngster has slammed 364 runs at an average of a little over 15. He has hit one fifty against his name.
Parag captained Assam in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy last year.
“It was very special. I captained the Mushtaq Ali team last year and this year as well. I always think of myself as a captain, even when I’m not captaining the side, and I always think about my game like that. So being the official captain of the state team was a very humbling and big moment. I don’t want to say like MS, but I try to copy MS a bit in that factor. But yeah, I’m the cool one. I’m not very aggressive,” Parag further said.
He will be seen in action when the Rajasthan Royals take on the Gujarat Titans on Thursday.