After scoring back-to-back centuries, Riyan Parag might make an entry into Team India for the England Test series

Riyan Parag: BCCI organizes various tournaments every year for players to showcase their excellent gameplay, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India has also initiated the Ranji Trophy this year. The Ranji Trophy 2024 commenced on January 5th, and its conclusion is set for March 10th. The tournament has showcased outstanding performances from several players, including 22-year-old batsman Riyan Parag from Assam.

For Riyan, this Ranji season has been exceptionally impressive. This year, he has captivated everyone by scoring back-to-back centuries in Ranji cricket. Observing his strong performances, the management might consider giving him an opportunity in the upcoming England Test series.

Riyan Parag’s Performance in Ranji Trophy 2024

Riyan Parag's Performance in Ranji Trophy 2024

Indeed, Riyan Parag’s recent form has been quite impressive, delivering stellar performances in every domestic cricket match. In the Ranji Trophy 2024, in his very first match against Chhattisgarh, he scored a remarkable 155 runs off just 87 balls. This innings included 11 boundaries and 12 sixes, showcasing his prowess with the bat.

And now, continuing in the same vein, Riyan has scored 116 runs against Kerala in the second match, facing 125 deliveries, including 16 boundaries and 3 sixes. Due to his strong performances, there are significant prospects of him joining Team India. His impressive display might earn him an opportunity in the Test series against England scheduled to start from January 25th.

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Riyan Parag could soon get an opportunity in Team India

It is worth mentioning that considering Riyan Parag’s recent performances, experts believe that he might soon receive a chance to make his Test debut for Team India. There, he could be seen playing in the series of 5 Test matches against the England Team. However, for this, he will need to continue scoring runs with his bat in the upcoming matches.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already announced the team for the Test series against England. However, the board has only announced the team for the first two matches. This means that there is still a golden opportunity for Riyan to be included in the team for the remaining 3 matches. The announcement for which will be made a little later.

Riyan Parag’s cricket career

Riyan Parag, who plays domestic cricket for Assam, will emerge not only as a prominent player for India but also as one of the top players in world cricket in the coming times. In 27 first-class matches, Riyan has scored 1711 runs at an average of 36.40 and a strike rate of 68.33, including 3 centuries and 10 half-centuries. His best score in first-class cricket is 155 runs, which is truly commendable.

Just like in first-class cricket, Riyan’s record in List A and T20 cricket is also remarkable. In List A cricket, Riyan has scored 1720 runs in 44 innings of 49 matches, with an average of 41.95 and a strike rate of 102.56. This includes 5 centuries and 8 half-centuries, with a best score of 174 runs. In T20 cricket, he has scored 2043 runs in 86 innings of 98 matches, with an average of 30.04 and an impressive strike rate of 142.17. His T20 record includes an unbeaten 77 as his best score, along with 18 half-centuries.

Not only in batting but also in bowling, Riyan has left no stone unturned. He has taken 49 wickets in first-class matches, 50 in List A, and 41 in T20 cricket. Despite having such impressive records, he has not been given the opportunity in the team. So, making predictions about his future opportunities is not possible.

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India vs England test series schedule

The Test series between India and England, consisting of 5 matches, will kick off on January 25th. The first match will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, while the final match of the series will take place at the picturesque ground in Dharamshala from March 7th.

All the matches of the India-England series will start at 9:30 AM, and they will be broadcasted on various television channels. Additionally, the series will be streamed online on Jio Cinema. The other Test matches of this series will be played in Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, and Ranchi.

TV Broadcast – Sports18 SD and HD (English), Colors (Tamil, Bengali, Kannada), Colors Cineplex Superhits (Hindi)

Online Stream – Jio Cinema

1st Test: 25-29 January (Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad)

Second Test: 2-6 February (Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam)

Third Test: 15-19 February (Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot)

Fourth Test: 23-27 February (JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi)

5th Test: 7-11 March (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala)

India Test Team – Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Dhruv Jurel (wk), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar and Avesh Khan.

England Test Team – Ben Stokes (C), Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow, Shoib Bashir, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (Wk), Tom Hartley, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Rehan Ahmed, Gus Atkinson* and Mark Wood. (*indicates uncapped players)

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