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In order to win on Riyan’s ground, the Royals need one

The most popular player to come out of northeast India, Riyan Parag, is anticipated to get a hero’s welcome from his home supporters on Wednesday when the Rajasthan Royals take on the Punjab Kings in their last season match, hoping to secure a spot in the IPL Playoffs.

One victory will be enough.

With 16 points, the Royals are ranked second out of 10 teams; thus, they must win one of their next two “home” games in Guwahati. That will guarantee a spot in the last four. The Royals made a calculated decision to relocate to Guwahati as their second home base a few years ago after spending a solid six years developing Parag’s potential.

Despite receiving criticism for his unpredictability on social media, Parag’s return this year is particularly noteworthy because of his amazing 483 runs at a 153 strike rate without ever being an opener. Parag has already established himself as an India candidate for the next T20 series, when he is anticipated to make his international debut, thanks to a steady core and adaptability to match circumstances.

When it does, Parag will be the first player from the northeastern region of the nation to don the famous blue shirt of the national squad.
This game, as well as the RR’s next encounter with KKR, will have more significance because of Parag’s rise to prominence as the hometown cricketer.

The 22-year-old will get organic assistance, which will also benefit Sanju Samson and his squad against Punjab Kings. Although the latter team produced two T20 diamonds in Ashutosh Sharma and Shashank Singh, they were once again unable to perform as a unit.

Things were made worse by the fact that captain Shikhar Dhawan missed much of the season owing to injury, and Sam Curran didn’t look the part.

Samson takes the lead from the front.
In contrast, Samson has become more of a leader in what should be his finest season as a hitter. With 486 runs, he is already his team’s highest scorer. The season has been mediocre for the exciting opening combination of Jos Buttler (359 runs) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (344 runs), but Samson and Parag have made sure that the batting has stayed stable and reliable, with the low-scoring match against CSK being an exception.

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