The all-rounders are probably the most exciting players in the matches. But unfortunately, the Indian cricket team has not been blessed with this rare breed. Kapil Dev in 1983 and Yuvraj Singh in 2011. All players can be the liaison between players on both sides. Giving your skipper the option of bowling extra as well as demoting and finishing things off.
Hardik Pandya might be India’s answer to suppose Yuvraj or Dev as we head into the 2023 edition, however, his fitness in taller form is a concern.
In such a scenario, Pandya backup can be a godsend. And this is where Ryan Barrage steps in. One of the most brilliant cricketers of the next generation Parag has had his share of controversy, but his ability to finish on a high certainly convinced IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals to keep him for another year. Parag is not among the seven players released through the franchise. Perhaps RR management knows its value. Especially his ability to hit big as well as some spin.
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“100 percent, 100 percent. Like I said, the domestic season has been going great for me. So, we hope for the best,” he told Sportskeeda when asked if he was focusing on bowling.
The 21-year-old knows that setting himself up as an all-rounder could be his ticket to the Indian team.
“That’s definitely the point,” he admitted. Before adding: “I think I have a good Mushtaq Ali, I have a decent Vijay Hazare – with both bat and ball. If we can win the quarter-finals, qualify for the semi-finals and the final, some boys can get India A calls or something Like that. Because we never qualified, our names didn’t come up.”
“So this time, perhaps, I hope to call India A, and India in the near future.”
Parag is currently busy playing for the Vijay Hazare Trophy as he played his part in Assam to reach the quarter-finals. They now face Mumbai or Uttar Pradesh in the last eight.
The Assam youngster was bought for 20 lakh in the IPL 2019 auction and has been held ever since. However, his numbers still left much to be desired. Moreover, Parag is huge Virat Kohli admirer.
“You just look at him and anything he does can inspire you. The way he carries himself off the field; on the field, we know what he does. All his antics, everything, everything – he’s a complete package. How he gets himself involved in business and how he promotes his brand.” commercial, he is just a traveling inspiration.”