Sreesanth criticized Riyan Parag for saying he wouldn’t watch the T20 World Cup, underlining the importance of patriotism and supporting the national team even if not selected.

During the 2024 T20 World Cup, a controversy arose involving young cricketer Riyan Parag and former fast bowler S Sreesanth. Parag, after a successful IPL season with 531 runs for Rajasthan Royals, caused a stir with his comments about not watching the World Cup. He mentioned he wasn’t interested in watching the matches and would only check the final results, which went viral on social media.

“It will be a biased answer (prediction on the top four teams), but to be very honest, I don’t even want to watch the World Cup. I’ll just see who wins it at the end, and I’ll be happy. When I play in the World Cup, I will think about the top four and all of that,” Parag had said in an interview.

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Meanwhile, India won the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, their first ICC trophy since 2013 and their second T20 title since 2007. During the team’s victory lap, former cricketer Sreesanth, commentating on Star Sports, criticized Parag for his comments about not watching the World Cup. Sreesanth highlighted the need for patriotism and urged all players, selected or not, to support the national team wholeheartedly.

Kuch Players ne yeh bhi kaha ki main World Cup nahi dekhunga, kyunki main select nahi hua. Main bol rha hu ki pehle dekhbhakt hona Chahiye, aur jo team mein select nahi hue, unhe poora dil, dimag junoon ke saath team ko support karna Chahiye. (Some players have said that they won’t watch the World Cup because they weren’t selected. I’m saying that first you should be patriotic, and even if you weren’t selected for the team, you should support the team with all your heart, mind, and passion.),” Sreesanth said on Star Sports.

However, Riyan Parag has been selected for the upcoming T20I series against Zimbabwe, beginning July 6. The squad also includes several rising stars in Indian cricket, such as Abhishek Sharma, Dhruv Jurel, Nitish Reddy, and Tushar Deshpande, all making their first appearances.

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Last Updated on July 1, 2024

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