Mumbai, April 28 -- An endearing image of this IPL has been MS Dhoni talking to Rajasthan Royals' 17-yearold Riyan Parag Das after the game on April 11, a legend bonding with the teenager batting fearlessly in his first IPL. The pictures have gone viral, but Dhoni wasn't merely interested in Riyan's batting. He was recalling the aggressive batting of his father, Parag 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. Parag was a dasher in the Virender Sehwag mould and crossed swords with Dhoni in Ranji Trophy and in the inter-Railway tournament.

Parag recalls a contest between his North East ...