Riyan Parag was 16 years old when he represented India in the 2018 U-19 World Cup. His relative young was not surprising, given that he had made Assam’s U-16 team. At the age of 12 and the U-19 team at the age of 13.
When you consider that Parag has been playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2019. It’s easy to forget that he’s only 19 years old. The teenager has played 29 matches in the league. Which is meant to catapult him into international prominence. Avoiding the ordeals that come with representing a small state like Assam in the local circuit. During the last three seasons. Rajasthan Royals
Parag is known for his sporting background, being the son of a first-class legend and a national swimmer, and as a result, he is held to a higher level than those around him. Even he, however, will readily concede that he has fallen short of expectations in the IPL.
Parag has had his share of highs and lows. Last year, the 19-year-old slammed a 26-ball 42 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, becoming the youngest batsman to make a fifty in the IPL. Not the way he pushed Khaleel Ahmed over the boundary twice. But his snappy joyful dance minutes after hitting the winning runs was the highlight of that innings. Rajasthan Royals
Parag has also shown us glimpses of his bowling and fielding prowess. Everyone has been attracted by his round-arm variety and the casual ease with which he takes catches. Which may even work against him when things aren’t going well.