SMAT 2023: WATCH- Riyan Parag’s unique celebration after 7th straight fifty goes viral; X user adds context as fans rage

Riyan Parag scored a record 7th consecutive fifty for Assam in the tournament.

Riyan Parag scored a record 7th consecutive fifty for Assam in the tournament | BCCIAssam 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.

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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.

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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.



By Jatin Sharma - 01 Nov, 2023

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