|Riyan Parag Quick Info
|5 ft 8 in
|Date of Birth
|November 10, 2001
Riyan Parag is an Indian professional cricketer who has played for his home state of Assam (2017–Present) across all 3 formats, as a top-order batsman, in the Indian domestic circuit. In the IPL (Indian Premier League), he has turned out for Rajasthan Royals (2019–Present). He was an integral member of India’s squad that had created history by winning the 2018 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup which was India’s 4th such triumph, setting a new record that was previously held jointly by India and Australia (3 titles each). A child prodigy, he had first come into the spotlight in January 2017, when as a 15-year-old, he had made his domestic senior-level debut for Assam, in the 2016–17 Inter-State Twenty-20 Tournament. His performances over the next 2 years had helped him earn selection for both the IPL and the 2018 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Riyan Parag Das
Guwahati, Kamrup Metropolitan District, Assam, India
Guwahati, Kamrup Metropolitan District Assam, India
- Father – Parag Das (Former First-Class Cricketer for Assam and Railways)
- Mother – Mithu Baruah (Former National Record-Holding Swimmer in 50m Freestyle, Represented India at the Asian Championships and the South Asian Federation Games)
Right-Arm Leg Break
- 5 – Rajasthan Royals (IPL)
- 3 – Under-19 ODI
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Often sports a light stubble
Riyan has been sponsored by the Austrian beverage manufacturing company Red Bull.
Riyan Parag Facts
- Riyan, inspired by his father, had started playing cricket at a very young age and had cracked the Assam Under-16 cricket team when he was just 12 years old.
- He was the leading run-scorer for Assam in the 2018–19 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy (India’s premier domestic one-day cricket competition). He had recorded 248 runs in 7 matches in what was just his 3rd season of domestic cricket.
- During the 2019 season of the IPL, he had become the youngest cricketer to score a fifty in the history of the tournament. He was 17 years and 175 days old when he had achieved the feat. The record was previously jointly held by Sanju Samson and Prithvi Shaw who were both 18 years and 169 days old when they had achieved this feat.
- He idolizes Indian cricketing legend MS Dhoni who incidentally used to play with his father in Railways’ cricketing tournaments in cities like Kharagpur and Guwahati. Just before Dhoni’s international debut, the duo had finished on top of the run-scoring charts for their department in the Inter-Railways competitions in Nagpur in 2004.
- It was only fitting that when Riyan made his IPL debut on April 11, 2019, his team Rajasthan Royals was up against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. Weirdly, Dhoni went on to dismiss Riyan in that match for a score of 16 by stumping him off the bowling of Shardul Thakur.
- A day after that match, Riyan had shared a childhood picture of himself on Instagram where he was posing with Dhoni who had posed for the picture at Riyan’s father’s request.
- In 2023, he was being trolled by ex-cricketers and commentators on social media for his average performance in the IPL 2023 edition. However, Parag wanted that these experts should message or text him privately instead of using a public platform.
Featured Image by Riyan Parag / Instagram