MUMBAI, April 28 -- An endearing image of this IPL has been MS Dhoni talking to Rajasthan Royals' 17-year-old Riyan Parag Das after the game on April 11, a legend bonding with the teenager in his first IPL and batting fearlessly. The pictures have gone viral, and Dhoni wasn't merely interested in Riyan's batting. He was recalling the aggressive batting of his father, Pritam Das, who played for Assam and against Dhoni's Bihar in East Zone years ago.

Riyan, an India U-19 player, has played a range of strokes under pressure, and is seen as a refined version of his father. Pritam was a dasher in the Virender Sehwag mould and crossed swords with Dhoni in Ranji Trophy and in the inter-Railway tournament.

Das Sr recalls a contest between his Nor...