Assam floods: Cricketer Riyan Parag donates Rs 1 lakh for victims
Guwahati: As flood continues to wreak havoc in Assam, people from different walks of life have been making every possible effort to support the affected ones. Assam heartthrob Riyan Parag is the latest to step forward and contribute Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMFR).
On Saturday, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal took to Twitter to express his gratitude towards the Assam cricketer. “Thank you @ParagRiyan for your contribution of Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. It is heartening to see the young generation coming forward in large numbers to help those affected during #AssamFloods,” he tweeted.
Hailing from Assam, Parag was one of the most promising cricketers in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and was a part of the India Under-19 side for the two youth Tests in England. He was India’s second highest run-getter behind Parthiv Shaw in the youth Tests and played a crucial role during India's win in Chesterfield.
In October 2017, Parag was named in India’s squad for the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup. He made his first-class debut for Assam in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy against Hyderabad and has one 50 to his credit.
In the 2016-17 Cooch Behar Trophy, Parag scored 642 runs in 14 innings with a best score of an unbeaten 202.
In May, Parag became the youngest cricketer to score 50 runs in IPL when he hit Trent Boult for a six in the 20th over of the match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals played at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Seventeen-year-old Riyan struck two maximums and four fours to reach 50 off 49 before holing out to Sherfane Rutherford off the last ball of Rajasthan’s innings.
Several other people have lent a helping hand by offering whatever monetary aid that they can towards relief efforts of the lakhs of people affected by the second wave of floods in Assam.
This year, over 47 people have already died, while 48.87 lakh have been affected by the floods in the state.
Meghalaya IPS officer Vivekanand Singh showed his effort by contributing one month of his salary to aid the flood victims. CM Sonowal again took to Twitter to appreciate his efforts. “Great gesture by IPS Vivekanand Singh. My heartfelt thanks,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Rima Das, who hails from Assam, also contributed Rs 1 lakh for the cause.
Popular Assamese actor Jatin Borah, too, made a donation of Rs 1 lakh to the CM’s Relief Fund. He also urged the people of nation and state to come forward and help the people in need.