Mumbai, May 30 -- After five years in the Indian Premier League (IPL), managing just 600 runs, it finally felt like Riyan Parag announced his arrival this season. He scored 573 runs to finish as the third-highest run-getter in IPL 2024, playing a key role in Rajasthan Royals' run to the playoffs.

For the 22-year-old, not trying to do anything extraordinary has worked wonders. He was the highest run-scorer in the 2023-'24 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy playing for Assam and ensured the focus remained on himself. It was about changing his mindset, not technique.

"Everyone says maturity comes with age, but I believe it comes with pain," Parag said on the sidelines of the Red Bull Campus Cricket Finals.

"The things I've suffered over the past two-t...