New Delhi. Unmukt Chand, who made India the champion of the Under-19 World Cup under his captaincy 9 years ago, announced his retirement from international cricket 2 days ago. He has tied up with the Minor Cricket League of America. However, his debut in this league was not good. Playing for the Silicon Valley Strikers team, Unmukt got out on 0. He started the innings on behalf of Silicon Valley. But he got clean bowled on an incoming ball. He played 3 balls. However, even after Unmukt’s poor performance, his team won the match by 15 runs.
A video of Unmukt being clean bold has also surfaced. It can be seen in this that he is not able to sense the ball coming in fast and gets bowled. According to sources related to this batsman, this year he did not get a chance to play for the Delhi team in limited overs cricket tournaments like Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtal Ali T20 Trophy. For this reason, he decided to play league cricket in America saying goodbye to international cricket.
I don't think Unmukt Chand will be sharing this on his Instagram Stories anytime soon. Third-ball duck on @MiLCricket debut for the ex-India 2012 U19 World Cup winning captain. He was opening the batting for Silicon Valley Strikers in Morgan Hill, California today. pic.twitter.com/El0G1fLmP1— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) August 15, 2021
Unmukt didn’t get many chances in domestic cricket
Unmukt played for Uttarakhand in the 2019-20 domestic cricket season. But he could not perform much better. He scored 144 runs in the last 6 first class matches with this team. After this, he had decided to try his luck for Delhi in the 2020-21 season. However, he was also ignored by the selectors of the Delhi team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. He was given a place in the team for the Vijay Hazare tournament. But did not get a chance to play a single match.
Made his IPL debut at the age of 18
Unmukt Chand made his IPL debut in just 18 years and 15 days. After this he was compared to Virat Kohli. After his retirement, he had said in a conversation with ESPNCricinfo that playing IPL was a big experience for me. But I haven’t been lucky. Unmukt, who played from Mumbai, scored his first IPL half-century against Bangalore in 2015. However, after this he did not get much opportunities and he also got away from the IPL.