Guwahati: The much awaited 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to be played from September 19. The glamorous IPL 2020 season was expected to be unique even before the coronavirus pandemic struck as the superstar bandwagon was set to make an appearance in Guwahati, Assam.
IPL’s first ever champions, Rajasthan Royals were to host the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. Nonetheless, now that the caravan’s travelled a fair few miles to the UAE where they’ll play the tournament across three venues (Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai).
Hailing from Assam, Riyan Parag is one of India’s future cricket stars. He has put in incredible efforts at youth-level cricket, winning the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He represented Assam state team in various domestic tournaments and shone bright for Rajasthan Royals in the world’s biggest T20 franchise league.
Currently Riyan Parag is practicing hard for his upcoming IPL matches in UAE. He is training under the guidance of Rajasthan Royals batting coach Amal Majumdar and is being praised by the trainers.
For his outstanding performance in the last season Riyan was lauded by several cricketers, including Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Riyan Parag is the son of former Assam team cricketer Parag Das and Mithu Baruwa Das who was also former national record holding swimmer.
At 16, Riyan Parag was already a world cup medalist, having played a significant role in India’s successful Under-19 triumph in the 2018 World Cup. Having made his Twenty20 debut for Assam in January, 2017, Riyan, who is a right-handed batsman and can bowl useful leg-breaks, was soon spotted and named in the squad for the 2018 U-19 World cup in New Zealand.
The World cup success was preceded by another successful overseas outing, this time in the red-ball format of the game as the Indian colts demolished their English counterparts in a 2-Test series.
Only 15 then, Parag played his part in the monumental success, stroking three half-centuries, including fifties in both innings of the first unofficial Test.
An IPL contract happened at the 2019 auctions when Rajasthan Royals picked him up. Still raw but talented, Riyan has shown that he has the temperament in the few IPL knocks that he has played, and it suggests that he is one for the future.