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“It was mental torture for me to see myself sitting out and xyz playing” – Unmukt Chand

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"It was mental torture for me to see myself sitting out and xyz playing" - Unmukt Chand

Unmukt Chand, who gain fame by leading the country to a then-record third Under-19 World Cup title in 2021, is now settled in San Franciso.

He made his resignation to the BCCI on August 13, the same day Minor League Cricket Silicon Valley Strikers announced their newest recruit.

He also conceded that he did not even consider this option for months back. Unmukt Chand did not fail his childhood dream of donning the senior India jersey.

The system failed him. He said, he reiterated the ongoing nightmarish politics in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), which wrongfully backs players, thus repeatedly leaving him on the bench.

Unmukt Chand traversed a full circle – got dropped from Delhi in the 2017/18 season, plied his trade for Uttarakhand in 2019/20, came back to his home state for the 2020/21 season – only to see nothing has changed.

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In 2017, Delhi cricket also coincided with the IPL franchise asking Unmukt Chand to quit the MI. But he remained unsold in the auction that year.

Impressing IPL franchises at a raw age, after leading India A with distinction, after amassing 9,449 runs and 18 hundred and 53 fifties in Indian professional cricket, Unmukt Chand is in a much better space.

Unmukt Chand last captained India A in a tri-series in 2015 featuring Australia A and South Africa A. He led his side to victory, defeating Usman Khawaja’s Aussies in the final by 4 wickets. He finished the tournament with 235 runs at an impressive average of 47.

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