Explained: Why Orange Cap was given to Riyan Parag despite equaling top score with Virat Kohli?

Riyan Parag is currently at the top spot, alongside Virat Kohli in the list of leading run-scorers for the ongoing Indian Premier League 2024.

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The star RR batter Riyan Parag has left everyone amused with his sensational batting performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2024. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the tournament, alongside the former RCB skipper and the modern-day batting great, Virat Kohli.

Riyan Parag has scored 181 runs in 3 innings of the 3 matches with an unbelievable average of 181, including two unbeaten half-centuries to his name. Meanwhile, the fans are still confused about why Riyan Parag was given the orange cap after the MI vs RR clash despite having his score equal to that of Virat Kohli.

So, here we’ll explain the reason behind Riyan Parag getting the orange instead of Kohli even after having an equal number of runs in 3 innings of the 3 matches both players have played in the tournament so far.

Here’s the reason behind Riyan Parag getting Orange Cap:

In the case of two players having an equal number of runs scored and are jointly at one spot, the batter with the better strike rate is preferred for the Orange Cap. In the case of Virat Kohli and Riyan Parag, the latter has a strike rate of 160 while the former RCB skipper has a strike rate of 141. So, Riyan Parag was given the orange cap preference over Virat Kohli.

After his sensational performances in the tournament so far, Riyan Parag has impressed everyone; he also spoke his heart out at the moment when he was receiving the orange cap.

“When I play domestically, this is the exact type of situation I go in to bat so when Jos [Buttler] bhai got out and Ash [R Ashwin] bhai got out a little after, I was like 'this is what I do, this is what I've been doing for the last six months playing domestic cricket'. So, it was pretty simple to calculate everything," Parag said after another stellar knock,” said Riyan Parag after his wonderful and unbeaten match-winning knock of 54 runs against MI.

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