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Dean Jones pointed out a small flaw that Parag – the ability to tackle the short ball – but he’s confident that with age on his side, he can go on to be a star in Indian cricket circles. @ Twitter

Rajasthan Royals are known for producing young Indian talent year after year. The find for, and from RR this season is 17-year-old Riyan Parag, who became first cricketer from Assam to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Parag paved a special place in every cricket fans’ heart with his brilliant 43 run knock against Mumbai Indians, earlier this season. Guwahati-born Riyan, who plays with a Gamusa tucked in his trousers, missed out on becoming the youngest half centurion in the history of IPL not once but twice before eventually scoring a brilliant half century against Delhi Capitals to break the record.

The young Parag has won a lot of praises from the fans as well as experts. Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones has been so impressed by Parag’s capabilities that made him draw parallels with former South Africa captain AB de Villiers.

“I think Riyan Parag is an absolute potential superstar. I reckon he plays amazing shots to all parts of the ground. He is just 17 years of age; can you believe it? He has amazing stroke play and is good on the back foot and front foot, he’s good everywhere. He has a knack for getting into the right position just as the ball is released. Just like AB de Villers he gives himself access to the ball to hit it 360 degrees,” Jones, an expert on the Star Sports Select Dugout, said on Monday.

Jones pointed out a small flaw that Parag – the ability to tackle the short ball – but he’s confident that with age on his side, he can go on to be a star in Indian cricket circles. (ALSO READ: Riyan Parag youngest to score maiden IPL fifty, surpasses Sanju Samson, Prithvi Shaw)

“There is one little issue I think at 17 years of age and that is bowling the short ball to him. AB De Villers gets back and across his position, goes back and swivels on top of the ball or if he wants he goes high. Every time Riyan has played the hook shot or the pull shot his hands go up and he finishes with no balance. But, he is just 17 and I haven’t seen a kid like him in a long time. He I think could be an absolute superstar if handled in the right way,” he said.

“He has promise at a very young age. He just looks very cool, calm and collective. What I also love about him is that he is a momentum player, he can break the momentum of a game. Those guys you can’t make, they are born.”