Assam batter Riyan Parag extended his ongoing record in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2023, as he hit his 7th consecutive half-century, this time against Bengal on October 31.
The match was the preliminary quarter-final of the SMAT 2023 which was played in Mohali. Assam captain Riyan Parag won the toss and chose to bowl first. Bengal could only manage 138/8 with Karan Lal (24), Abishek Porel (23), and Abhimanyu Easwaran, and Kaushi Maity with 21 each being the top-scorers.
Akash Sengupta picked 3 wickets, while Parag took two wickets for Assam.
In response, Bishal Roy’s 45* and Parag’s 50* were enough for Assam to cruise home with 8 wickets in hand and 13 balls remaining. Parag’s knock contained four sixes and a couple of boundaries.
After completing his half-century, Riyan Parag gestured towards his dressing room signaling that he was above the level of all the players playing at the moment.
Parag was chided for his celebration as many fans felt that it reeked of arrogance from the young cricketer.
However, one user on X gave a bit of context as to why Riyan Parag did that celebration. The user with the handle @HitmanCricket, revealed that a commentator had mentioned that former Assam players seemed like second-class citizens when compared to former Bengal players.
He added that Parag’s celebration was seemingly an answer to that remark by the commentator.