The Guwahati lad, who powered Rajasthan Royals to a five-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, earned praises for donning the traditional Assamese ‘identity’ in IPL match
Guwahati: Assam lad Riyan Parag made the state and his team, Rajasthan Royals, proud by powering the team to a five-wicket victory over formidable Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday.
All of just 17 years, this was just his second game for the Royals but proved his worth with an all-round performance against Mumbai Indians. Parag made his IPL debut against the Chennai Super Kings on April 11 and impressed with a 1-ball 16.
Rajasthan Royals rode on Parag and captain Steve Smith's 70-run partnership for the fourth wicket chase down 162 with 5 wickets and 5 balls to spare and kept their campaign alive in IPL this season.
While Smith remained unbeaten at 59, Parag scored 43. He was just 7 runs short of creating history to become the youngest in IPL to get to a half-century.
Besides his cricketing skills, what made his home state proud was the 'gamusa' that he used while playing the match in Jaipur on Saturday.
Gamusa is an article of great significance for the people of Assam. Besides daily usage, it also symbolises love and respect and is a representation of the Assamese culture.