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When it comes to cricket, no player can continue to be in the best of forms every single time they head out to the pitch for their team or franchise. A similar situation took place in the 2021 Indian Premier League on Tuesday for Rajasthan Royals hitter Riyan Parag, who was dismissed for just four runs in five deliveries.
However, such an understanding often goes over the head of some overzealous fans who do not see reason and lack patience. Thanks to the availability of direct contact between players and fans with the help of tools like Twitter and Instagram, showing their frustration towards these players has become extremely easy for common folk.
Legendary Sunil Gavaskar remembers Dhoni after Riyan Parag’s failed helicopter shot. pic.twitter.com/u7NSiLDBEK
— Shubham Shah (@Shubham41419985) September 22, 2021
Riyan Parag is big loser in royals squad. Just after bowling one legal delivery, trying fancy things as if RR in comfortable position in the game. In first innings, his fancy helicopter shot caused downfall of Rajasthan in the game !!
— Mathmagician (@NaniPruthviraj) September 21, 2021
Riyan Parag ko helicopter shot try nahi karna tha, wo keval ek hi legend khel sakta hai, naam to suna hi hoga
— ️️ ️️ ️️ ️️ (@Extra__Cover) September 21, 2021
Another disappointing drawback of such a level of communication is that all the criticism is not only accessible to the players but also to their family members. While players sometimes respond to their critics and shut them up for good, their family members often refrain from doing so.
So after Parag had to walk back after an early dismissal, his Twitter handle was buzzing with trolls who were simply there to criticise him for getting out early, refusing to see the kind of hard work he has been putting into getting better at his craft every single day.
— Arun Jyoti Nath (@ArunJyotiNath2) September 21, 2021
Bad day for Riyan Parag
— Mr. Nirlipta / Mr. ನಿರ್ಲಿಪ್ತ (@NkBlr) September 21, 2021
1st half me riyan parag bond ban raha catch ke bad selfie le rahe the ajj catch drop ki to kiya cameraman ne uski selfie https://t.co/0BkuAWWsCp
— SHASHANK (@IBeingShashank) September 21, 2021
But it wasn’t just Parag who saw the negative comments, it was his mother as well and she immediately knew that her little boy needed her support. Since Parag is in the United Arab Emirates, inside a completely sealed bio bubble, it was not possible for the mother and son to meet.
So, all she could do was send a simple message on WhatsApp, and based on the reaction Parag has had, it is safe to say that that message did its work just fine.
Maaaa. She knows. Always pic.twitter.com/BlTRJCOSgy
— Riyan Parag (@ParagRiyan) September 23, 2021
“How are you doing baba? Don’t stop believing in your abilities,” she wrote in her text in the screenshot that was shared by the young cricketer on his Twitter handle. “Maaaa. She knows. Always,” Parag wrote in the caption.
It didn’t take long for the supporters to show up on his Twitter thread and compliment the mother-son duo for sharing such a heartwarming moment.
You can conquer the whole world, if she’s just behind you. https://t.co/TwYrT4y1ns
— KIRANKUMAR REDDY (@imkkreddy18) September 24, 2021
The only creature who cares https://t.co/tEkioUI0rq
— Harsh Sharma (@wanted_munda_99) September 24, 2021
It’s so cute how she has your profile pic. https://t.co/9eRiUPjyCw
— 𝓡 𝓲 𝓭 𝓭 𝓱 𝓲 (@ittnisibaathai) September 23, 2021
Oh my god. This is so beautiful. https://t.co/XjKXYUvrBw
— TheRandomCricketPhotosGuy (@RandomCricketP1) September 23, 2021
Mothers are the BEST. https://t.co/zwyhkB3aie
— Paridhi Srivastava 7 (@BeingKohlicious) September 23, 2021