IPL 2021: As nervous Rajasthan Royals wait for good news on Jofra Archer, their teenage all-rounder Riyan Parag joined the team in Mumbai on Sunday ahead of the IPL 2021 season that will begin on April 9 in Chennai. RR will take on Punjab Kings on April 12 at the Wankhede Stadium in their opener and will play their first five matches in Mumbai.
Riyan Parag, who has done wonders for Rajasthan Royals at just 20 years of age, joined the team’s camp ahead of the IPL 2021 in Mumbai. RR welcoming the youngster tweeted a video of him.
“Ya, really excited, man. Finally, it’s (IPL) back in India now. See you after seven days,” Parag said.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 22, 2021
The former member of India’s U-19 squad made his IPL debut in 2019 and became the youngest cricketer in the tournament to score a half-century. In his first year, he scored 127 runs including a half-century in 7 matches with an average of 60.50.
In IPL 2020, he wasn’t that successful, scoring 86 runs in 12 matches with an average of just 12.28, batting down the order. But his scores included an unbeaten 42 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He partnered with Rahul Tewatia to chase a target of 60 off just 25 balls.
“The preparation has been good. I was in Nagpur for a week. I did some training, some skill work. So yeah, it has been good,” the Assam youngster said in a video that was posted on Instagram by Rajasthan Royals.
However, more than Parag, RR are anxiously waiting for Jofra Archer. Their frontline pacer is set to miss out on the opening few matches of the IPL 2021 owing to an elbow injury. The England pacer had to go back to the UK to assess his injury and isn’t a part of the squad for the three-match ODI series against India. It remains to be seen if he joins RR midway through the IPL. In his absence, the pace department will depend a lot on Andrew Tye and Mustafizur Rahman.