IPL 2019, RR vs MI: Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith says 17-year-old Riyan Parag has a great future

Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith was all praise for the 17-year-old Riyan Parag who was associated in a 70-run fourth wicket partnership with him to lay the foundation of the five-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians

Press Trust of India, Apr 21, 2019 08:49:25 IST

Jaipur: Newly-appointed Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith was all praise for the 17-year-old Riyan Parag who was associated in a 70-run fourth wicket partnership with him to lay the foundation of the five-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an IPL match on Saturday.

Riyan Parag of Rajasthan Royals in action against Mumbai Indians. Sportzpics

Riyan Parag of Rajasthan Royals in action against Mumbai Indians. Sportzpics

"He (Parag) played with cool head, he is calm, cool and composed. In the previous matches he had batted the same way, he works very hard, he is big and strong young kid. He came out and played with that freedom, saw the ball and hit the ball did not worry about anything, just played the game," Smith said after his side's victory.

"I think he has got some terrific skills with the ball too. He bowled really in his first game against Chennai and bowled pretty well today also. The kid learns really quickly and that is sign of a really good player and someone who has a great future," said Smith about the Assam youngster who showed great application.

Smith also praised Ajinkya Rahane from whom he took over the captaincy on Saturday.

"It is not easy to be told such kind of things but he is a terrific guy. Look at the way he came out and played his shots to give us a decent start. It was the management's decision. I was called and told about the decision and I was bit surprised by it," said the Australian.

"Ajinkya has done a good job in the last year and half. I did have a chat with him. I am lucky to start with a victory; hopefully we go from strength to strength and have to play every game as final," said Smith who returned to competitive cricket last month after serving a 12-month ban for his involvement in the infamous ball tampering scandal in South Africa.

Talking about his individual performance, he said, "I am getting better and better, the way I am hitting the ball, more importantly my mind getting better and better, the decisions I am making and I am clear in the mind.

"My elbow also is better but I can't stretch it completely and I still have to play heavily strapped. Couple of weeks ahead I would be out with full pace. I like to be in action and involved in game. I am getting better and better with each game," said Smith.

Mumbai Indian batsman Suryakant Yadav said his side knew that the first six overs of Rajasthan Royals innings were going to be crucial.

"We had reached a par score on a wicket which was similar to the one we had played earlier. I think Smith and Parag batted really well and did not feel the pressure in the middle and death overs," he said.

"I don't feel that Hardik Pandya and Keiron Pollard were a bit slow in the death overs. They batted the way as they always do. The wicket was not that easy. The runs they could add were very important ones," said Yadav.

On Mumbai Indians' five consecutive defeats against Rajasthan Royals, Yadav refused to concede that luck had any role.

"There is no role of luck. It's hard work which pays dividends. Jos Buttler had played a good knock when we played in the last game and here too they have batted well and have shown character. Hopefully, we will turn it around when we meet next time.

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Updated Date: Apr 21, 2019 08:49:25 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254