Early Life of Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand was born on 26th March in the year 1993. He is an Indian cricketer who led the India Under-19 cricket team to the U-19 Cricket World Cup victory in 2012. He hit an unbeaten 111 in the final against Australia in Townsville. Unmukt Chand is an Indian cricketer who was born in Rajput family to Bharat Chand Thakur and Rajeshwari Chand, who are teachers. He originally hails from Khudku Bhalya village of Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand. Unmukt Chand shifted to Modern School, Barakhamba Road, in the 9th standard, getting admission in this prestigious school on the basis of his excellent performance in studies, in the written test and his skills in swimming.
Domestic Cricket Career of Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand plays for Delhi Cricket Team in Indian domestic tournaments and played for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. In Indian Premier League Season 7 Unmukt Chand has been bought by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs.65 lakhs during the IPL 7 Auction.
Unmukt Chand with Delhi U-19 Team
Unmukt Chand scored 435 runs during his first stint with the Delhi U-19 team. The 435 runs include 2 centuries and 1 half-century. His outstanding performance in the U-19, gave him a place in the Delhi senior team. He scored 151 runs on a seaming track against a seasoned Railways attack in Ranji Trophy 2010-11. That year he also scored two half-centuries against Assam and Saurashtra. In fact, he scored 400 runs for Delhi in five Ranji matches. He has participated in Vinoo Mankad Trophy and the Coach Behar Trophy at the junior level.
Unmukt Chand as the captain of Delhi U-19 Team
Unmukt Chand was named the captain of the Delhi U-19 team and the North Zone U-19 team. He then went on to become the captain of the India Under-19 cricket team for the quadrangular series that was held in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The quadrangular series included U-19 teams from India, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia. He scored an unbeaten 122 against Sri Lanka and two fifties against Australia and West Indies. He ended the tournament with 336 runs from seven outings, just one behind Australia’s Cam Bancroft. He also participated in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy later that season. In his captaincy India also won the U-19 World cup in Australia. In April 2012, India U-19 cricket team played a quadrangular series in Australia involving U-19 teams from Australia, England and New Zealand. Batting at 3, Unmukt Chand scored an impressive 94 against England in the semi-final to help India win the match by 63 runs. He followed it up with a blistering century against Australia in the final - an unbeaten 112, which included 9 fours and 6 sixes - to take India to an emphatic 7-wicket victory. India won the tournament under Chand's captaincy who ended with 281 runs from 5 matches, only six runs short of the tournament's highest run-getter Daniel Bell-Drummond.
Unmukt Chand in Indian Premier League
Unmukt Chand made his Indian Premier League debut for Delhi Daredevils in 2011. He continues to play for them in IPL 6 too. His performances however are nowhere near his match-winning performances for India U19 in the World Cup and he was dropped for the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He's played a total of 7 matches scoring only 61 runs in total. He has been bought by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 65 lakhs during the IPL 7 Auction. Fans would be hoping that Unmukt Chand, who was touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket will learn his lessons just like Ajinkya Rahane and take massive strides and improves under the mentorship of Rahul Dravid.
Books by Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand has penned down his memories of the U19 World Cup into a book "Sky is the Limit". The book describes his journey from a normal boy practicing on uneven grounds with his peers to becoming captain of the winning India Under-19 cricket team.
(Last Updated on : 21-05-2015)
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