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Watch: Harshal Patel and Riyan Parag get involved in heated arguement

By Daniel S

April 27, 2022

The 39th game of the Indian T20 league 2022 saw Rajasthan beat Bangalore by 29 runs. It was a clinical performance from the Sanju Samson-led side, to say the least. This was their sixth win of the 2022 edition.

With this victory, the Rajasthan-based franchise went to the top of the points table. However, things did look dicey for them during the first innings. At 68-4, it looked as if Rajasthan wouldn't be able to put on a decent total. However, their youngster Riyan Parag finally came good as he scored a brilliant half-century under pressure. He scored an unbeaten 56 off 31 deliveries.

This enabled his side to get to 144-8. After which, fans witnessed an intense moment on the field which involved Parag and Bangalore's Harshal Patel. There was a heated argument between the two. So much so, that a substitute player from the Rajasthan camp had to go to Patel and curb him.

 


While this occurred after the completion of the first innings, the reason for their verbal duel wasn't clear. To add fuel to the fire, Bangalore's all-rounder didn't even shake hands with Parag after the completion of the match. In a video that went viral, Patel can be seen intentionally ignoring Parag when players from both sides were shaking hands with one another. Nevertheless, Rajasthan bundled the Bangalore-based franchise for just 115.

In what turned out to be an icing over the cake, Parag also took four catches during the second innings. His all-round performance ensured that he won the player of the match award. Parag was very satisfied after his performance. During the post-match presentation, he stated that the Rajasthan-based franchise have been backing him for a really long time.

"A bit of satisfaction. Rajasthan have shown faith in me for the last three years, and I am paying them back bit by bit. I love pressure and I am just showcasing my abilities. During the time-out, Sanga came out and we agreed that 140 was a good total on this wicket. We decided to go big in the last two overs. I wanted to target Hasaranga in his second over, but we lost wickets, and so I had to strategize and go after Hazlewood and Harshal," said Riyan Parag.