The Indian cricket team has seen some of the most iconic and unique cricketers who graced the Sky Blue jersey, and from young to old, fans of all ages agree to the fact that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been one of the greatest cricketers from the country. Now in the twilight of his career and an uncertain future with the Indian team, the veteran wicket keeper batsman’s place in the squad won’t be easy to fill in, or would it? Veteran batsman Robin Uthappa names the next Dhoni of the team: the young and energetic Riyan Parag!
The son of former domestic cricketer Parag Das, who played for the Assam cricket team, Riyan Parag had the chance of meeting Dhoni when he was only a kid. Now, an 18 year old batsman for Assam and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, the teenager has been hailed by Robin Uthappa to walk in the shoes of India’s former captain.
Uthappa recently joined in an online session with Cricfit, where the 34 year old batsman put forward Parag’s name as a future star for India.
“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,”the 34 year old said.
Bought by RR for IPL 2020, Uthappa sparks hope for his young teammate, who has played 7 matches for the franchise, scoring 160 runs. He also became the youngest cricketer to score a half century in IPL 2019, at an age of age of 17 years and 175 days, beaking the joint record of Sanju Samson and Prithvi Shaw.
Uthappa continued, “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 veteran batsman added.
Hailing from Guwahati, Parag has made 13 first class appearances, and was a member of the Indian Team at the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.