The first innings of the 18th match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) ended on a below-par score. Put in to bat first, KKR once again struggled in the middle as RR’s Chris Morris picked up 4 wickets for 23 runs.
While Rajasthan Royals did an excellent job by restricting the opponent within 133, it was Riyan Parag whose celebration after taking catches went viral. He took two catches in the ongoing match; the first one was to dismiss Rahul Tripathi whereas the second one sent dangerous-looking Pat Cummins back to pavilion.
Tripathi was going strong in the middle but a stunning catch from Parag ended his knock. It was a slower ball from Mustafizur and Tripathi hit it towards the deep square leg but Parag grabbed it and sent him out for 36. The next one happened in the final over when Cummins hit a ball straight to deep mid-wicket. Though it was a powerful shot, Cummins failed to pick the gap and Parag took a stunner despite being stepped back. Soon after, he was seen taking a mock selfie as part of the celebration by using the ball as the imaginary mobile and his celebration became viral in no time.
Here is the video:
— Sportzhustle_Squad (@sportzhustle) April 24, 2021
Here is the how Twitterati reacted to it:
You just can't hate Riyan Parag – he is just a great character. pic.twitter.com/AvzZhRqfd4
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 24, 2021
Once again Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia doing selfie Celebration. pic.twitter.com/BrlEJRneIX
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) April 24, 2021
— Dr Khushboo 😷 (@khushbookadri) April 24, 2021
Riyan Parag is just 19 years old.
If you cant love his celebration please ignore , dont abuse him that may harm his career.
I beg you pic.twitter.com/yfSP9dPXlT
— Wear Mask 😷 (RR-CSK) (@Attitudist) April 24, 2021