Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson heaped praise on the young all-rounder Riyan Parag and his entire unit after their collective match-winning efforts helped the franchise beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 29 runs in the 39th match of the ongoing IPL 2022 on Tuesday, April 26.
Batting first, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) were in trouble after losing three wickets in the powerplay, but Parag’s brilliant unbeaten knock of 56 runs helped the side to post 144/8 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday.
Defending the total, Kuldeep Sen (4/20) and R Ashwin (3/17) bowled brilliantly to restrict RCB to 115 to win the match by 29 runs for RR.
Sanju Samson said in a post-match presentation: “It is a really great win. After the start in the first 15 overs, we had real belief and trust in someone called Riyan Parag. We have been backing him for the last three-four years and he just showed it to the world today.”
The skipper further added, “I thought we were 10-15 runs short with no dew in the second innings. The pitch was turning and was two-paced, so 150-160 would have been a good total. It was something we were waiting for, for the back end of our batting to win us matches. Almost everyone has put up a match-winning performance so far. The chat we had just before the second innings, and were that when you are chasing 200 there is only one gear. But for such totals like 150, it was only a matter of putting pressure as the batsmen had to change gears.”
He signed off by saying, “The dressing room atmosphere is really important. We make a couple of changes according to the wicket and the opponent, but communication is very important. Karun, for example, was left out just because we needed that one over from Daryl Mitchell, and he understands that, and he can come back in later.”
(With ANI Inputs)