The sky is the limit for Unmukt Chand
India’s captain in ICC U19 World Cup 2012 has performed well on the field, and written a memoir off it
Unmukt Chand's biggest moment came when he led India U19 to the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title in 2012.
Unmukt Chand made his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi as a 17-year-old, and in just his fourth first-class match, he hit 151 against Railways in December 2010. Less than a year later, he captained the India Under-19 side. His steady rise also earned him an Indian Premier League contract with Delhi Daredevils in 2011.
A right-hand opening batsman, Chand’s biggest moment came when he led the India Under-19 side to victory in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012, hitting 111 not out in the final to earn the Man of the Match award in a six-wicket win against Australia, the defending champion. Chand ended with 246 runs in six matches in the tournament. It capped an impressive campaign for the Indian Under-19 side under Chand, who had made it a habit to deliver on the big stage with centuries in the finals of three Under-19 tournaments, including the World Cup.
Chand graduated to senior cricket rapidly, becoming a regular in the Delhi side across formats and hitting another century in a big final, with 116 for Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012-13, India’s domestic 50-over competition.
Off the field, Chand’s habit of maintaining detailed diaries led to a book recollecting the Under-19 World Cup triumph. The book, titled “The Sky is the Limit” was launched at a function with Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar and hit the stands in November 2013.