At some point, you will have to pick me for India, says confident Riyan

MUMBAI, May 29:

To the world, it might be perceived as extreme arrogance but when Riyan Parag looks into your eyes and tells you that “I am going to play for India no matter what”, it is extreme self belief in one’s own skill-set and abilities.
“At some point, you’ll have to take me, right? So that is my belief, I’m going to play for India. I don’t really care when,” Parag would sound bullish yet confident during his exclusive interaction on Wednesday.
No youngster has polarised opinions in a short span of time as the 22-year-old from Assam, who enjoyed a breakout IPL season with 573 runs at a strike-rate close to 150, coming in at No.4 for the Rajasthan Royals.
In five previous years of IPL, Riyan, a 2018 U-19 World Cup winner didn’t even enjoy a 200-run season and a vicious social media was more than unkind to a youngster who was making a transition from boyhood to manhood.
“When I was not scoring runs – I said this in an (earlier) interview as well that I am going to play for India,” Parag said on the sidelines of a Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament here on Wednesday, a tournament he lauded for giving exposure to talented youngsters.
“That is me believing in myself. That is not me being arrogant. That is what my plan was with my dad (former Railways and Assam player Parag Das), when I started playing cricket when I was like 10-years-old. We (a joint project) were going to play for India regardless of anything.”
There is a strong possibility that Riyan along with Abhishek Sharma and Harshit Rana will be picked for the tour of Zimbabwe.
“Whether it’s the next tour, whether it’s a tour in six months, whether it’s a tour in one year… I don’t really put my thought behind when I should play. That is the selector’s job, that is other people’s job,” Riyan said. (PTI)

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