Young Indian cricket player and one of Assam’s brightest prospect, Riyan Parag, was the last name picked up by the Royals in 2019 IPL auction. Son of former Ranji player Parag Das and national record holder swimmer Mithu Baruah, Riyan is a hard-hitting batsman and a leg-break bowler who a part of young Indian cricket team that won the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2018.
Riyan broke into the Assam under-16 team in 2013 at age 12, and the under-19 team at 13. However, his breakthrough year came in the 2016-17 season, where he was its third highest run-getter, with a highest score of 202*. Six months later, he was on the flight to England on his maiden India under-19 tour. While Riyan was picked only for the ‘Youth Test’ leg of the tour, he showed that he had more than just a good leave and defence. He scored 68 and 50 in the first ‘Test’, the former coming off 137 balls, and the latter of just 33, creating a record for the fastest Youth Test half-century. He added another half-century in the next ‘Test’ as well.
Following that Riyan came into the under-19 Challenger Trophy — essentially a selection tournament for the World Cup. He responded with 207 runs in four innings, the standout being a century where he displayed excellent footwork against spin, and both timing and power against pace.