Unmukt Chand the 2012 U19 Indian captain retires from Indian cricket at 28
Unmukt Chand, who seven years ago was considered as one of the future best next generation of batsmen from India, retires from Indian cricket in all forms with immediate effect. He is only 28.
Chand was the Indian under 19 captain in the 2012 World cup and his brilliant 111 in the final vs favourites Australia won the title for India.
That innings was poised to set up a long India career for him as he became India A captain. However, things did not turn out the way it was expected and he started to drop down in the pecking order. Averages returns at domestic level and none too impressive IPL stints gradually pushed him away from the selectors radar gradually.
However, Unmukt Chand is not leaving cricket. He will move to USA where he will be signing a 3-year deal with USA’s Major League Cricket (MLC). Chand now joins his World Cup winning teammates – wicket keeper batsman Smit Patel and left arm spinner Harmeet Singh – at the MLC.
Chand believes that subsequently a lot of Association politics was behind his. Not being able to make good at the national level. He was not getting enough matches to play for Delhi, hence he moved to Uttarakhand. In IPL he was promised by the Mumbai Indians that will be picked up at the auction in one particular season but it did not happen. Unmukt Chand the 2012 U19 Indian captain retires from Indian cricket at 28 .
Chand finally made the painful decision to leave Indian cricket. When he did not get a match for Delhi this season. He blames DDCA for indulging in politics.
Chand feels that at 28 he still has a good 10 years ahead of him and hence is making the move to play in the USA. Where cricket is gaining popularity, at the right time to make a difference.
He also feels that the growth of various T20 leagues is the future of world cricket. As the game is now moving towards a club based structure.
Chand has played 67 first-class games scoring 3379 runs at a 31.57 average. He scored 300 runs in 21 IPL matches at 15 average and 100 strike rate.