Riyan Parag - Rising Star of Indian Cricket

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At just 16 years old, Riyan Parag had already achieved the remarkable feat of winning a World Cup medal with India's Under-19 team in 2018. His love for cricket began early, inspired by his father Parag Das, a former Assam cricketer, and his mother Mithu Baruah, an accomplished international swimmer. Despite being surrounded by athletic excellence, Riyan chose cricket and made his Twenty20 debut for Assam in January 2017. His talent did not go unnoticed, leading to his selection for the 2018 U-19 World Cup squad in New Zealand.

Before his World Cup triumph, Riyan had already displayed his prowess in red-ball cricket during a successful tour abroad against England in a 2-Test series. Despite his young age of 15, he contributed significantly with three half-centuries, including notable performances in both innings of the first unofficial Test. His skills attracted attention, and he earned an IPL contract with the Rajasthan Royals in 2019, becoming the youngest player to score an IPL fifty at just 17 years and 175 days, surpassing the previous record held by Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson. Despite being released, he was re-acquired by the Rajasthan Royals at the 2022 IPL Auction, showcasing his growing impact in the cricketing world.

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