I’ve tried to copy Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses: Riyan Parag

first_img Indo-Asian News Service JaipurMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 11:55 IST Riyan Parag impressed for Rajasthan Royals during IPL 2019 (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana is among the few batters Parag admires and takes inspiration fromPerhaps, Parag is one of the few male cricketers who admit of being an ardent fan of women cricketersHe also revealed his experience of playing in the IPL17-year-old batsman Riyan Parag, who rose to fame after he helped Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in one of their fixtures in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), has admitted he admires leading woman batter Smriti Mandhana and tries to copy her style of batting.Mandhana is among the few batters Parag admires and takes inspiration from.”My dad is one of them (idols). He has to be the first one. Then there’s Sachin (Tendulkar) sir and Virat Kohli. And in women’s cricket, I’ve followed Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses and play with a BAS bat. I was really young then. I love the way she times the ball and caresses it through point. I’ve tried copying that as well but it didn’t work out,” Parag said on the sidelines Red Bull Campus Cricket event in Jaipur.Perhaps, Parag is one of the few male cricketers who admit of being an ardent fan of women cricketers.He also revealed his experience of playing in the IPL. “I have learnt a lot from my first IPL stint. In IPL, you play with your idols and legends of the game. Just to share the dressing room was surreal,” Parag said.He further said that he doesn’t like to bat in the nets as he feels ‘locked’. “Actually, I hate batting in the nets. It’s just the closed environment. I feel someone has got a hold of me and I am like captured and locked.””Even before the matches, I try to hit as many sixes as possible,” he added.advertisementWhen quizzed about his most challenging moment from this year’s IPL, Parag said: “The time I felt really nervous this season was before the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. I don’t have a great record at the Eden Gardens. Before the KKR game, I’d scored nine runs in each of the three innings I’d played there. So the knock I played that day is the most special one for me this season. I feel pressure brings out my A-game,” he said.In that match, Rajasthan Royals were in serious trouble chasing 176 but Parag (47 off 31 balls) first joined forces with Shreyas Gopal and then with Jofra Archer to leave KKR fans at the Eden Gardens stunned.When asked if he reads about the comments made on social media about him, Parag said, “Yes, I do. I had this conversation with Ben Stokes after the Mumbai Indians match this season, where I did well and contributed with the bat. I asked him if he reads comments online and he said that he does no matter how he performed on the field that day.”You can’t really hide from that. If you post something on Instagram, people are going to tell you things to your face. And you’re bound to read those comments. But like I said, it’s all about keeping things simple and not thinking about it too much,” he added.Also Read | Playing for India my goal, says Riyan Parag after impressive IPL 2019Also Read | Riyan Parag to Alzarri Joseph: Youngsters who brought IPL 2019 aliveFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Riyan ParagFollow IPL 2019Follow Smriti Mandhana I’ve tried to copy Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses: Riyan ParagRiyan Parag, who did well for Rajasthan Royals at IPL 2019, admitted to idolizing the India Women opener Smriti Mandhana along with Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkaradvertisementlast_img read more

DR Congo Security Council urges all stakeholders to ensure upcoming polls are

In a Statement read out in a formal meeting by the President of the Council, the 15-member body “called on the authorities to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right of peaceful assembly, and to exercise maximum restraint in their response to protests. The statement also called on the opposition forces in the country “to show responsibility by ensuring the peaceful character of their demonstrations.” The Council further underlined the need for the Government and its national partners to accelerate preparations for the elections without further delays, including by expediting the update of the voter registry. It further noted it remains concerned over the risk for destabilization of DRC and the region as a whole, as illustrated by the violence of 19-20 September 2016, in the absence of a swift and consensual resolution to the current political crisis, and called on the Government to hold accountable those responsible for the killings as well as all violations and abuses of human rights. Also, the Council expressed deep concerns over humanitarian situation and persisting violence in eastern DRC, in particular, North Kivu province, and called on the Government to “end the threat” posed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and all other armed groups operating in the central African country. It is estimated that nearly 840,000 people have been displaced in North Kivu and more than 700 civilians have been killed since October 2014. Further in the Statement, the Council also welcomed regional initiatives to promote peace, stability and democracy in the DRC as well as the reform of the governing mechanisms of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the region. Also at today’s Council meeting, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Maman Sambo Sidikou and the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) informed the members of the Council that the mission continued its engagement with the Government, political parties and civil society and that it has updated its contingencies and adjusting deployment to mitigate politically driven violence and to protect civilians, to the extent possible, within its available resources and in its areas of deployment. However, Mr. Sidikou, added “these efforts may not be fully sufficient to mitigate or respond adequately to any major outbreak of politically-related violence,” and underlined that it was political will of the main political actors that would determine how the existing tensions will be managed, and whether or not these degenerate into violence. He also expressed caution at the deteriorating economic situation and its adverse impact on the stability of the country. “Socio-economic factors constitute an important potential trigger for violence in this period,” he said. read more