Unmukt Chand, U-19 World Cup winning India captain, retires at 28; eyes USA stint

Chand,
28,
announced
the
decision
on
social
media
with
a
series
of
tweets
and
a
lengthy
note
along
with
his
some
memorable
videos.

In
all
probability,
Chand
will
play
in
a
T20
league
in
the
United
States,
like
his
U19
World
Cup
winning
team-mate
Smit
Patel.

To
compete
there,
he
needed
to
announce
his
retirement
since
the
BCCI
does
not
allow
its
registered
players
to
compete
in
foreign
T20
Leagues.

“Though
a
part
of
me
is
not
at
peace
with
the
way
things
have
unfolded
in
the
last
few
years,
I
still
choose
to
see
the
silver
lining
and
with
fond
memories
bid
adieu
to
BCCI
and
seek
better
opportunities
around
the
world,”
Unmukt
wrote
in
the
lengthy
note.

Chand,
a
right-handed
batsman
and
off-break
bowler,
who
led
India
to
2012
U19
World
Cup
win,
soon
became
a
household
name
in
the
country.
Chand
was
the
‘Man
of
the
Match’ in
the
final,
as
his
111
not
out
and
shaped
India’s
victory.

“Cricket
is
a
universal
game
and
even
though
the
means
might
change,
the
end
goal
is
still
the
same

to
play
cricket
at
the
highest
level,”
the
former
U-19
skipper
further
wrote.

He
also
thanked
the
BCCI
and
described
winning
the
U-19
World
Cup
as
the
biggest
moment
of
his
life.
“Big
thanks
to
BCCI
for
giving
cricketers
like
me
a
platform
to
express
and
showcase
our
skills
through
so
many
camps,
age
group
and
senior
board
tournaments
and
the
IPL.

“Personally,
there
have
been
quite
a
few
glorious
moments
in
my
cricketing
journey
in
India.
Winning
the
U-19
world
cup
for
India
is
one
of
the
biggest
moments
of
my
life.

“It
was
a
special
feeling
to
lift
the
cup
as
a
captain
and
bring
smiles
to
so
many
Indians
across
the
world.
I
can
never
forget
that
feeling.
Also,
leading
India
A
on
numerous
occasions
and
winning
various
bi-lateral
and
tri-series,
are
etched
in
my
memory
forever,” Chand
wrote
in
the
note.

After
his
U19
exploits,
former
Australia
skipper
Ian
Chappell
had
written
in
one
his
columns
that
he
should
be
included
in
the
Indian
team.
For
Chand
things
happened
at
a
break-neck
speed
as
he
landed
a
big
television
commercial
with
the
legendary
Mahendra
Singh
Dhoni
and
Virat
Kohli.

The
Delhi-born
top-order
batsman
wrote
his
World
Cup
memoir,
something
that
had
even
amused
former
India
captain
Rahul
Dravid.
But
there
were
also
many
instances
in
his
life,
which
did
not
go
down
well
with
former
cricketers.

He
once
took
a
break
from
India
A
camp
to
attend
a
talk
show
seminar
of
a
private
channel
which
had
prompted
former
World
Cup
winning
India
skipper
Kapil
Dev
to
criticize
him
on
the
stage.

Dev’s
teammate
and
former
chairman
of
selectors
Sandeep
Patil
wanted
him
to
be
sent
to
Zimbabwe
in
2015,
but
he
somehow
missed
the
bus.

Chand,
who
played
for
Delhi
and
later
also
captained
Uttarakhand,
was
given
chances
for
India
A
and
Delhi
but
couldn’t
crack
the
red-ball
code
despite
a
memorable
151
against
Railways
on
a
seaming
track
when
he
was
still
a
student
of
Modern
School,
Barakhamba.

Chand
played
67
first-class
matches,
amassing
3,379
runs,
with
eight
hundreds
and
16
fifties.
However,
he
never
had
that
break-through
Ranji
or
IPL
season
that
could
have
catapulted
him
to
the
next
level.



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