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Riyan Parag and Dhoni: Story of a Fan And His Hero Who Are Now Rivals

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  • The 17-year-old cricketer, Riyan Parag, hails from Assam and was all of six, when he first met and clicked a picture with his idol MS Dhoni.
  • Riyan Parag is currently playing for Rajasthan Royals.
  • On Thursday, Riyan got out scoring 16 runs after he was caught behind by Dhoni. Ever since the two met, this picture of their 'then and now' started circulating on social media.

The Indian Premier League is one of the most lucrative sports tournaments around the world. Anybody who plays cricket wants to play in the IPL and not just for money but also for fame and future endeavours.

Riyan Parag is one such example, the seventeen-year-old cricketer, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL.

Riyan Parag was just a six-year-old boy when he first met Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2007 and got a photo clicked. Parag met Dhoni when India was playing a bilateral ODI series against Pakistan and played a match in Guwahati, which they won. Parag got the opportunity to meet his idol after the match as his parents are both from a sports background.

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Parag was just three-years-old when MS Dhoni made his international debut in 2004. The age difference between Parag (17) and Dhoni (37) caught Twitter’s attention and fans were quick to react on their first meeting as rivals.

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IPL debut against Dhoni

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Fast forward to the present and Riyan not only made his IPL debut but also played against MS Dhoni.

On Thursday, Riyan got out scoring 16 runs after he was caught behind by Dhoni. Ever since the two met, this picture of their ‘then and now’ started circulating on social media and is now making people go crazy.

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About Riyan Parag

Riyan Parag is from Assam and his father and mother both played sports at different levels. Riyan’s father Parag Das is a former first-class cricketer and his mother Mithoo Barooah is a national record holder in swimming and also represented her country in Asian Championships and SAAF games.

Riyan Parag Cricket
Image Source: Twitter

Riyan made his T20 debut for Assam in domestic cricket in the 2016-17 season. Riyan was part of the U-19 Asia Cup squad that won the trophy this year. He also has the second-fastest 50 in U-19 cricket after the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli and is also India’s second highest run scorer in youth Test cricket.

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Bhawna Kothari
Lover of cultures, varied colors, and underdogs, Bhawna is a by-heart and professional playwright. Hailing from a journalism & communication background, she incorporates a careful study at both flips of the coin which is essentially required to be analytical in thoughts and words. Actively abreast of the current affairs around the globe, she likes knowing and bringing into light the unexplored. Problem solving via the power of content is what inspires her and hence KreedOn, a platform created for the betterment of sports ecosystem in India, is now her happy workplace!


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