At one time, Unmukt Chand was talked about because the Next Big Thing of Indian cricket. After main India to their third Under-19 World Cup win in 2012, comparisons between Unmukt and Virat Kohli began doing the rounds, with folks suggesting that the teen is more likely to climb the identical ladder of success Kohli has since he led India to a U19 WC win in 2008.
In reality, Ian Chappell in his column had talked about how he needed Chand to straightaway play for the Indian crew and that him enjoying home cricket would take him two steps down. However, Chand’s story since has been effectively-documented as he stays the one Indian Under19 World Cup successful captain to not play a single recreation for the senior males’s crew.
However, not getting an India cap but has not left Chand disturbed, and the batsman admits that he continues to be taught from his experiences.
“Of course, for any Under-19 player, the World Cup is the most important thing. The hard work of so many years – from Junior cricket to Under-16 and so on, it’s like a summit for any junior cricketer to reach there and definitely. Just like winning the World Cup is a dream, similarly, lifting the Under-19 World Cup is also one,” Chand advised former India batsman Aakash Chopra on his YouTube Channel.
“Four years ago, I had seen Virat bhaiya leading the side and winning the cup, so since it was fresh in the memory its impact was big. I knew stories could be different. It’s not like you always automatically play for India but for me it was more important to win the Under-19 World Cup.”
In the ultimate in opposition to Australia, Chand led from the entrance and scored a match-successful 111 to be named the Man of the Match. He returned house to a hero’s welcome. He grew to become an everyday characteristic for India A and even led the crew to wins in opposition to New Zealand A in 2013, Bangladesh A two years later and in a triangular sequence. But regardless of all these accolades, a nationwide name-up eluded him.
“It’s not like I didn’t get opportunities after the win. I played for India A and I was captaining the team till 2016 as well. I was getting runs. A few times I was told ‘just be ready, we’ll be picking you’. But that’s ok. To say that had I played, I would have done this and that isn’t logical. The most important is what happened and what I could have learnt,” Chand mentioned.
Luck and timing had been components in how his profession transpired, Chand reckons. When the runs had been coming thick and quick, the Indian crew and its openers had been just about balanced; whereas the chance for Chand to make his case arrived, the runs went lacking. Yet, at 26, Chand stays upbeat and is raring to look forward.
“At times it’s like you’re aware that the Indian cricket team is about combinations. I remember very clearly that when things were going well with me, Viru bhaiya and Gautam bhaiya used to open for India. Then there was a time when there was a dearth of good openers, and during that period, my form was under a slump. Those things are also important,” Chand mentioned.
“I take it in my stride. I have had many good experiences and even though that couldn’t materialise into getting an India cap, it’s a journey. I’ll be able to sum it better the day I finish with my cricket.”