Assam cricketer Riyan Parag Das is yet to be 16 years of age but he has already shown the class. Riyan who is a member of England-bound India Under 19 team has scored back-to-back 50s which indicates the potentiality to enter the league of big boys in a grand manner.
In the first four-day match against the England colts, India registered a huge victory. India won the match by 334 runs on the day four played at Chesterfield. Several local media has also highly appreciated the powerful performance by Riyan.
The second innings 50 off 34 balls by Riyan has missed a record by a whisker to be the fastest half century at the junior level. He hit for fours and four sixes. In 2007, present Indian captain Virat Kohli had scored 50 of 32 balls.
Riyan, a hard hitting batsman, who is the son of former Assam cricketer Parag Das and national award winning swimmer Mithu Baruah, has already shown his character in the domestic circuit. He also bowls decent leg break which has fetched him a number of wickets at the junior level.
Riyan has already made his debut for the Assam team in Vijay Hazare Trophy and The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2016-17 season.
Tauhid Ali Talukdar, a former Ranji player and current physical trainer of the state Ranji team said that Riyan has the potentiality to become the first player from the state to don the national cap.
“I have seen him grow as a kid. He’s not even 16 but the way he is playing indicates that he is there to make it a big. He has already played for the state senior team last season. If he continues the same way, I’m sure Riyan is going to be the first player from Assam to wear the India cap soon,” Talukdar told The News Mill.