Riyan Parag Blasts into the Record Books with a 56-Ball Century in Ranji Trophy

Riyan Parag, the Assam captain and rising star of Indian cricket, etched his name in the record books with a sensational performance in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. On Day 4 of their Group B clash against Chhattisgarh, Parag smashed a belligerent 155 off just 87 balls, including a record-breaking 56-ball century – the second-fastest in the history of the prestigious tournament.

Parag’s innings was a display of brute power and clean hitting. He launched into the Chhattisgarh bowlers from the outset, clearing the ropes a staggering 12 times and finding the boundary with 11 fours as well. His strike rate of 178.16 was a testament to his aggressive intent, leaving the opposition bowlers shell-shocked.

While Parag’s heroics were the highlight of the Assam innings, unfortunately, they ended up on the losing side. Despite his contribution, which accounted for over 50% of Assam’s total of 254, Chhattisgarh chased down the target comfortably in just 20 overs, winning the match by 10 wickets.

Despite the defeat, Parag’s individual brilliance couldn’t be overshadowed. His 56-ball century is now the second-fastest in Ranji Trophy history, only behind Rishabh Pant’s 48-ball ton in 2016. He also joined an elite club of batsmen to have scored a century before lunch on the fourth day of a Ranji Trophy match.

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Here’s a look at the Top 5 Fastest Centuries in Ranji Trophy History:

  1. Rishabh Pant (Delhi) – 48 balls vs Jharkhand (2016-17)
  2. Riyan Parag (Assam) – 56 balls vs Chhattisgarh (2023-24)
  3. Karun Nair (Karnataka) – 57 balls vs Tamil Nadu (2015-16)
  4. Mayank Agarwal (Karnataka) – 58 balls vs Rajasthan (2013-14)
  5. Ravindra Jadeja (Saurashtra) – 59 balls vs Jammu & Kashmir (2012-13)

Parag’s performance has once again highlighted his immense talent and potential. He has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit for a while now, and his exploits in the Ranji Trophy have only added to his growing reputation. With his ability to play fearless cricket and clear the ropes with ease, Parag is definitely a player to watch out for in the future.

It will be interesting to see how Parag builds on this remarkable achievement and continues his journey towards bigger and better things in the cricketing world.

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