By our sports reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 3: His ultimate target is to earn a berth in the Senior squad of Team India and Riyan Parag, the promising batsman of the State, wants to use U-19 World Cup as a ladder to reach that goal.
Riyan will be the part of the Indian team which will participate in the U-19 World Cup scheduled to be held in New Zealand next year.
Talking to The Sentinel from Mumbai after the team selection the batsman today said,“ U-19 World Cup is a very big tourment. Many of our cricketers came into the senior India team by performing well in this tourment. I too want to follow the footsteps of those cricketers by playing good cricket in the forthcoming tourment. Please all of you stay beside and bless me.”
Riyan admitted that good performance in the U-19 Challengers trophy helped him to get selected in the U-19 World Cup squad. Riyan, playing for India Red, scored one century and two half centuries in the tourment. “Before this tourment I made debut in the Ranji Trophy this season. However I was not able to perform well with bat in that game although successful to collect a couple of wickets in the second innings. It helped me to get back the confidence. During the Challengers Trophy Rahul Sir (Rahul Dravid) guided me nicely and also advised me to be confident and keep faith on myself,” said Riyan.
Meanwhile the promising batsman has been invited by Mumbai Indians to play a trial game which will be held tomorrow in Mumbai.
It should be mentioned that Riyan is the third criketer from Assam after Khanin Saikia (2000) and Abu Nechim Ahmed (2006) who represent India in U-19 World Cup.