Unmukt Chand-The U19 star and the next big thing of Indian Cricket, 'in rising'....
Unmukt Chand is the name that is majorly bursting out , with the conclusion of the ICC U19 World Cup 2012 in Townsville ,Australia.
This 19 year old, Delhi boy's unbeaten 111* in the U19World Cup finals,guided India, recover from feeble condition of being 97 for 4, to chase down the winning total of 227 at the Tony Ireland Stadium.With this achievement, he has overnight became the jewel of Indian Cricket, the most talked about sports personality of world cricket and a big cricketing hope for Indian. Unmukt Chand ,during his knock of 111* runs ,was supported by Smith Patel and Baba Aparajith with partnerships of 130 and 73 runs,respectively.Chand was slow but very cautious and calculative about his moves, throughout his innings of 111 runs because the Indian side was going on loosing important wickets at regular intervals and this accumulated pressure on Unmukt's young shoulders, to reach the competitive total of 225 runs and lead their team towards the victory which would be the 3rd U19 World Cup win for India after 2000 and 2008. But the pressure of performing well, really worked wonders for him,which made him hit the ball in the right areas without putting even a single step wrong and making India proud.After slamming that 'much needed' 111* runs for India U19,and rightfully playing a skipper's knock,rumors has already started doing the rounds that Unmukt has eventually evolved as the apt contender for stepping into the senior's team soon.
Unmukt ,for his stupendous and scintillating performance in the U19 World Cup finals, earned him the 'Man of The Match' title.He even has been bestowed with the "Castrol Junior Cricketer of the year 2011"award,in bangalore,on his return to India after the cessation of the U19 World Cup 1012. His consistent performance for the last two years,in the quadrangular tournaments, which started with a series in Vishakhapatnam and ended with this World Cup,along with triumphs in each of those ,has made Unmukt the right candidate for being the proud owner of this award.
Following the footsteps of his predecessor in this field,Virat Kohli,who is again a Delhi boy like Unmukt,has did the same job of captaining the Indian U19 side and bringing the World Cup home, after a victorious expedition in Malaysia,4 years before.Being a Delhi boy,captaining the U 19 Indian team and winning the U19 World Cup for the country,are some of the points that brings him to get compared with one of the most successful batsman in Indain team at presentand that's none other than Virat Kohli,himself.Apart from this he also shares a common factor with left-handed Indian batsman,Gautam Gambhir & i.e of having the same cricket coach.
Talking about his cricketing career uptil now,it includes many small but successful steps which has bought him where he is now.Till now he has represented Delhi in U15,U16 and U19 teams.He has also been a part of L.B Shastri club in Bharat Nagar.Playing for the Delhi U19 team ,he has garnered,435 runs comprising of 2 centuries and a half century. Unmukt's steady form,complimented for his selection in Delhi Ranji Squad and also privileged him with an opportunity of captaining the Delhi U19 and the North zone U19 sides.He also scored a brilliant 400 runs out of just 5 Ranji matches and 2 half centuries against Assam and Saurashtra in a single year.Other innings of his,which claims mention are his,unbeaten 122 against U19 Sri lanka and a total of 336 runs out of 7 matches.Not to forget about his participation in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy ,Cooch Behar Trophy & Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy at junior levels.
Inspite of his performance, being praise worthy every time he was in that competitive arena, he was unable to spread his magic in his short IPL carrier,playing for Delhi Daredevils. But later in one of his interview he has said that ,"Ipl has helped him perform better in the U19 team .Also ,brushing shoulder and sharing dressing room with star cricketers like Virender Sehwag,Kevin Pietersen & also others, has given him lot of confidence,experience and tips to perform well".
Unmukt Chand's dashing cricket carrier uptil now,doesn't gives us even a little idea about his academically inclined family background with his father being teachers.But his parents decision of allowing him to pursue his sports career definitely has given Unmukt a big mental support without which he wouldn't have reached the shrine today.Unmukt has totally stood up to the expectation of his parents and also his uncle,Sunder Chand Thakur,who has been a major inspiration behind his stepping into cricket,right from his(Unmukt's) childhood. But Unmukt's love for sports hasn't totally diverted him from pursuing his education,Unmukt, after completing his schooling from DPS,Noida and then Modern School,Delhi,is currently doing his graduation from St.Stephen's College,Delhi.
Unlike many other budding cricketers,Unmukt's career graph has been exceptionally progressive.In very less time,he has achieved a lot of success which makes him the perfect Team India batsman,material.It is a sign that he can serve Indian Cricket very well in the long run, yet to come.Unmukt is yet to join the senior team but he has already gathered a huge fan following and became an icon for many junior cricketers.His achievements ,time and again has out proved to be very much infectious for budding aspirants of this field.
Combination of flawless, classic cricketing talent & a charming personality,is what makes Unmukt Chand stand apart from the crowd.The kind of expertise , he plays with,each time,is very assuring and has a sense of certainty in it.Apart from that he has also displayed his successful captaincy skills which will certainly give him top priority for his selections in the senior team.
So,here's wishing Unmukt Chand a very prosperous forthcoming cricket career.Hope he proves his mettle in the upcoming New Zealand tour for India A Team and also that, many many successes kiss his feet in the long run.