Takeaway from IPL: When Steve Smith's advice for the Ranji season helped young Riyan Parag

NEW DELHI: Steve Smith The art of dropping deliveries is not for those seeking aesthetics, but the former Australian captain allowed a young man Riyan Parag take a look at his unorthodox technique over the last IPL who helped the teenager while playing Ranji Trophy.

Assam's multi-faceted 18-year-old hitting, a key member of the Prithvi Shaw The winning team of the U-19 World Cup made a mark for Rajasthan Royals in last IPL but there was a bigger takeaway - Smith's batting tips for red ball cricket.

Of course, I've had a lot of conversations with Steve and Jos Buttler . They helped me a lot during IPL. When you are batting with someone of Smith's caliber and 30,000 people are watching you, it gets a bit tough. He would advise me to be calm and not think about the pressure, Riyan told PTI during an interaction.

But most important was Smith's advice to Riyan about the red ball technique that helped him through the Ranji season, where he finished with 492 runs for Assam, including one hundred and three and a half centuries. He also caught 12 wickets with his practical off-breaks.

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I love the way Steve leaves the ball. Not only because of his appearance, but you must think about why he leaves the ball like this. Which is the reason?

The bat is hanging and the body and legs are synchronized, you see that not many players can leave the ball with their body. It is a difficult art that he has mastered. Fortunately, I have absorbed part of it in my Ranji season after talking to him, said Riyan, who appeared for his 12th standard exam this year.

So what exactly did Smith tell him about leaving the balls?

It's just not the bat (arms to the shoulder). Cover all stumps while leaving the ball. That was an education for me, as he told me how he does it. I tried to copy it and tried to leave the balls in the trough out of the stump with all the stumps covered.

Steve told me that the more I cover the ball with my body and leave it, the bowler will be forced to throw a few on the pads, which is the strength of any hitter. Then you can score runs.

Currently in Guwahati due to the lockdown, Riyan said that when one has done well in IPL, Ranji Trophy can be a bigger challenge.

Red ball cricket for four days is enjoyable and it tests your stamina. But what IPL does is, it raises expectations as then I would be expected to do well for Assam ... But I don't feel any pressure, said the son of former Assam all-rounder Parag Das and national champion swimmer Mithu Barua.

Right now, Riyan is doing the routines given by Rajasthan Royals physio John Gloster and is awaiting for the lockdown to end so that he can give the one paper of CBSE that is left.

I have already taken four documents. Hopefully, I will be able to get grades with what I have studied in the final outcome document. My school has been very helpful.

I couldn't appear on my blackboards last year, but this year the students helped me with notes and the teachers took care of my attendance, she said with gratitude.

So will you be looking for graduation after the 12th standard ends?

I do not know. I guess my mother has set plans when it comes to my academics. Whatever you tell me, I will.

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