Unmukt Chand retirement: Unmukt Chand says, ‘playing IPL was massive experience, regrets things didn’t prosper for him: India’s 2012 Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand mentioned that his luck in the domestic league- IPL hasn’t been that great. He had high hopes of playing for the main Indian team but they didn’t prosper as expected. Unmukt had made a retirement from Indian cricket on Friday at a tender age of 28.
“Playing the IPL was a massive experience for me, but I wasn’t very lucky during my stint in it. I too dreamt of playing for India one day. I did realise some of those dreams with my time at India U-19 and India A. I have been abroad for the past two months, but it doesn’t feel too different from home. I am playing with and against new people,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Unmukt as saying.
“There are plenty of Indians in the cricket system here, and the game is being taken quite seriously. Just the shade of blue is not the one I had initially dreamt of,” he added.
Deep inside the 28-year old knows that the past years haven’ been great for the Indian player and it aches his heart for not being able to play cricket any further.
Talking about his decision to go to the USA, Unmukt said: “These last few years have been tough. But I wasn’t going to give up on cricket completely. If I wasn’t getting enough opportunities to play in India, where were the next four or five crucial years of my career going to go? I still get emotional imagining that I will never get to play for India again. But I have made some special memories while playing in India.”
The right-handed batsman has signed for the Silicon Valley Strikers side for the 2021 season of Minor League Cricket (MLC) in the United States
Unmukt Chand retirement: Unmukt Chand says, ‘playing IPL was massive experience, regrets things didn’t prosper for him
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