Robin Uthappa, World Cup winning Indian Player, has made a big statement on young sensation Riyan Parag. Uthappa, who was backbone of KKR’s batting in IPL, is quite impressed with the youngster’s performance in maiden IPL season and has termed him the one to watch out for.
“Currently, the young player which excites me out of my socks in Riyan Parag. I am extremely excited and he is the one to watch out for,” said Uthappa to Cricfit.
Riyan Parag, is one of the newest crops of Indian cricketers turning up for the team in 2018 under-19 World Cup and hogging the timelines with his rich in cricketing stories. At 16, Riyan Parag was already a world cup hero, having played a significant role in India’s successful Under-19 triumph in the 2018 World Cup.
Riyan, the Right handed batsman and a useful leg-break bowler, soon grabbed the eyeballs of IPL franchises and he was awarded with an IPL contract at the 2019 auctions when Rajasthan Royals picked him up for 20 Lakh.
Soon, he was donning the Rajasthan Royals outfit in the World’s greatest Cricket League. With the outfit also came the huge pressure of performing and holding the nerves at crucial junctures, this is where Riyan Parag concurred the battle as he shown great temperament and ability to blossom under the pressure. In his debut IPL season, Parag scored 160 runs in five innings with a strike rate of 127.
Praising the youngster for his temperament at such tender age, Uthappa went on to term him the next Dhoni in making. “I think he is someone who is looked after well and dealt well and nurtured well and will represent India for a very long time. He could be India’s answer to the next MS Dhoni,” the 34-year-old told Cricfit.
However, it would be as tough an ask as anything but if Rishabh Pant and other finishers kept failing time and again, Riyan might have his moments in due years. Riyan Parag and MS Dhoni also hold a strange connection as when Riyan Parag first met Dhoni he was just three. Paras Das, Riyan’s father was stumped by MS Dhoni some 19-years ago in a domestic match.