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Unmukt Chand (Records, Family, Girl Friends, Photos, Videos)
Unmukt Chand is a cricketer from India. He originally hails from Khudku Bhalya village of Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand. He plays for Delhi in Indian domestic tournaments and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. Unmukt Chand led the India Under-19 cricket team to the U-19 Cricket World Cup victory in 2012 played in Townsville, a city on the north-eastern coast of Australia. He hit an unbeaten century in the final against Australia
Unmukt is the son of Bharat Chand Thakur,who is teacher at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya at Surajmal Vihar , and Rajeshwari Chand. Unmukt started playing cricket when he was 6 years old. Unmukt's uncle Sunder Chand Thakur has played a major role in encouraging him to play cricket.He did his schooling in Delhi Public School Noida and Modern School, Barakhambha Road in Delhi. He is currently a student of St. Stephens College, Delhi. He plays for the L.B. Shastri Club situated in Bharat Nagar. His coach is Sanjay Bhardwaj, who is also Gautam Gambhir's coach. He has represented Delhi in the U-15, U-16 and U-19 age groups. Just like all the followers of cricket, he too is a fan of Sachin Tendulkar. The shot that he enjoys playing is the square cut.He is often compared to India's Rising star Virat Kohli and we hope that in future unmukt will become a part of indian cricket team.
Unmukt Chand… third consecutive hundred in a tournament final for India under-19 © Getty Images
unmukt chand has scored 435 runs during his stint with the Delhi U-19 team. The 435 runs include 2 centuries and 1 half century. His outstanding performance in the U-19, gave him a place in the Delhi Ranji squad. He scored 151 runs on a seaming track against a seasoned Railways attack in Ranji trophy 2010-11. That year he also scored 2 half centuries against Assam and Saurashtra. In fact he scored 400 runs for Delhi in 5 Ranji matches. He was the captain of the Delhi U-19 team and the North Zone U-19 team. He then went on to become the captain of the India Under-19 cricket team for the quadrangular series that was held in Vishakhapatnam, India. The quadrangular series included U-19 teams from India, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia. He scored an unbeaten 122 against Sri Lanka U-19. He ended the tournament with 336 runs from seven outings, just one behind Australia’s Cameron Bancroft.He is also a part of the IPL team, Delhi Daredevils. He has participated in Vinoo Mankad Trophy and the Cooch Behar Trophy at the junior level. He was the junior most player in the IPL IV. Playing for Delhi Daredevils he was clean bowled on the second ball by Lasith Malinga in the Delhi's Inaugural match against Mumbai Indians. He was caught by Rahul Dravid on the bowling of Shane Warne in his second match against Rajasthan Royals for 2 runs. He also participated in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Currently he is playing Ranji for Delhi and scored 245 runs in 3 matches played so far. In April 2012 India U-19 cricket team have won quadrangular series in Australia under his captaincy. In Aug 2012 he won the U-19 world cup for India. He is a promising star for Indian Team.
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Chand's batting performance playing for India Under-19s:
Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2012: Unmukt Chand serves notice of his bright future
Unmukt Chand… third consecutive hundred in a tournament final for India under-19 © Getty Images
By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Walking in the footsteps of Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli, Unmukt Chand has taken India to glory at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012. While the two former under-19 World Cup winning captains didn’t set the stage alight in the final, Chand saved his best for the last and stroked a brilliant 111 not out to anchor India’s pursuit of 226. It is his third consecutive hundred in a tournament final for India under-19 and establishes him as one to watch out for in the years to come. It was a thorough team effort in the final – one where the bowlers did their job well and the batsmen finished the task at hand to clinch the ultimate prize there is for young cricketers.
India’s bowlers continued their good form and limited Australia to 226 after winning the toss and putting the hosts in. Sandeep Sharma – a bowler who is in the Praveen Kumar mould – was the wrecker in chief with four wickets. He lacks pace, but makes up for it with good movement in the air and off the seam. The Australian top order collapsed to 38 for four until their captain William Bosisto took matters in his own hands. It was his unbeaten 87 along with a few cameos that helped take the hosts to 225.
Coming into the all important final, it was evident that India’s batsmen hadn’t had the best tournament. With the exception of Prashant Chopra, all the other batsmen weren’t able to strike consistency. The conditions have majorly favoured the bowlers and made life difficult for the batsmen. India’s run through to the final is due to the consistency of their bowlers – who have been economical and created the pressure by picking the wickets. It is due to their efforts that India have been able to defend smallish totals through the tournament.
Chand’s form during the tournament wasn’t as prolific as his record over the last year. He had just one fifty to show with a few scores in the single figures. In the lead up to the final, the danger of him getting a big score was looming large going by past history. In a quadrangular tournament held in Australia earlier this year, it was Chand’s fantastic hundred in the final that helped India conquer the hosts. Against the arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup, he scored another brilliant ton in a tied game. Keeping his latest knock in perspective, it is clear that Chand has been a big match player for India under-19.
The stage looked set for Chand when the in-form Chopra was dismissed for nought early in the innings. In company of Baba Aparajith, Chand commenced a counter-attack that took Australia by surprise. Some of the shots the duo played were absolutely exhilarating. Chand in particular was combative and fearlessly played shots on the rise. The six he hit off Gurinder Sandhu was a fantastic display of maintaining balance and picking a ball on its length. Aparajith’s played a pull-shot that was an example of his good sound technique.
While the assault was damaging, Australia didn’t give up and came back with the wicket of Aparajith. From that point onwards, the pressure intensified as the Indians couldn’t get the ball away. There were too many dot balls to go with the Aparajith, Hanuma Vihari and Vijay Zol. Chand too found it difficult to match his early belligerence. It looked like the struggles of the Indian middle order were returning to haunt them at the most crucial stage of their campaign.
Smit Patel and Chand went about the recovery in a mature fashion. The asking rate was going up, but they reduced the number of dot balls and tried to construct a partnership. One could see the Australian bowlers were still in their element with a number of good balls. Although, the Indian batsmen kept ticking the scoreboard, the Australians bowled in the right areas as the asking rate went over a run a ball.
The most impressive aspect about Chand was his temperament. Through all those tough moments, he didn’t attempt a jail-break shot and merely played the ball on its own merit. The 40th over is evidence of how well he batted and maintained his composure. He charged to the off-spin of Ashton Turner and found himself beaten in the flight. Chand adjusted well and merely pushed it for a single. However, off the next delivery he faced, Chand charged down and lofted it for a huge six – a shot that was reminiscent of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. That showed that he was watching the ball well and willing to see it through to the end. It was a crucial moment because it swung the momentum in India’s favour.
It wasn’t just the way he batted, but also the way he guided his partner. Being the best batsman in the team, the onus was on Chand to guide his team and calm the nerves. If Patel would have a few nervy moments, Chand would walk up to him for a chat. Even when Patel played a few unnecessary strokes, Chand would express his disappointment and then walk up to him again.
While we heap praises on Chand’s brilliant effort, we mustn’t forget the importance of Patel’s contribution. He held one end solidly as Chand opened up during the slog overs. With Chand smashing sixes at will at the other end, it would have been very easy to get carried away. However, Patel was mature and only attacked deliveries in his zone. His fifty was a good reward for all the hard-work and fight shown during the middle overs.
While Chand is compared to his state-mate Kohli, his reactions on winning the game were in stark contrast to the Indian vice-captain. Back in 2008, Kohli had made an entry as a brash youngster who wasn’t afraid to express himself. In contrast, Chand was very composed and well behaved when the moment arrived. The comparisons would continue though and Chand has an ideal role model to emulate ahead. The stage is set and his real test starts now.
Unmukt Chand remained not out on a splendid 111 off 130 balls, which included six sixes and seven boundaries © Getty Images
Townsville: Aug 26, 2012
Unmukt Chand led from the front with a magnificent hundred as India Under-19 lifted their third World Cup title after beating formidable defending champions Australia by six wickets in the final.
This was India U-19s first triumph after Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli led their respective teams to victory in 2000 and 2008 editions respectively.
Courtesy a magnificent unbeaten 111 by Unmukt and his unbroken partnership of 130 runs with glovesman Smit Patel, India overhauled a competitive target of 226 on a bouncy strip with 14 balls to spare.
It was one of the best centuries one could have witnessed at the junior level as Unmukt hit seven fours and as many as six sixes during his 130-ball knock.
He completed his century with a six over extra cover off Alex Gregory but the celebrations were very muted. The skipper knew that the job was only half done.
Once Smit, who hit an effective 62, slog-swept off-spinner Ashton Turner towards deep mid-wicket for a four a number of Indian supporters rushed to the ground along to celebrate with the team.
Though four wickets were lost in the chase, it never looked like an uphill task for the Indians, who were subdued in the middle overs but accelerated towards the end to get to the target with ease.
After Prashant Chopra was out chasing a delivery down leg side of Mark Steketee without troubling the scorers, Unmukt and in-form batsman Baba Aparajith (33) took the attack to the opposition.
The duo added 73 runs for the second wicket playing the Aussie pace trio of Steketee, Joel Paris and Gurinder Sandhu with ease.
Unmukt, especially, was phenomenal in the closing stages hitting a couple of glorious sixes off Sandhu's bowling. The first was over long-off while second looked even more spectacular as he presented a full face of the bat with a nice follow through.
Aparajith on the other hand hit a nice hook shot off Paris and some lovely cover drives that pierced the field.
However, Sandhu had the last laugh when he forced Aparajith to drive on the up and was brilliantly caught by Ashton Turner at short cover.
The Tamil Nadu all-rounder scored 33 off 38 balls with five hits to the fence. Hanuma Vihari (4) and Vijay Zol (1) didn't score much but some damage was done by the number of deliveries that were consumed in the process.
Zol's discomfort against the moving deliveries also frustrated Unmukt who didn't get much of the strike. The Indian captain finally completed his half century in 68 deliveries.
Zol's agony ended as he edged one off Paris to wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson. The Bowling Powerplay proved to be useful for the hosts as they conceded only 11 runs in the five overs.
At 97 for four, Smit Patel joined Unmukt and the circumstances were difficult. The boundaries dried up and so did the singles.
It was Smit, who hit fine straight drives as India got their first boundary after 44 deliveries.
Slowly, the two resurrected the innings with singles and twos. There were the occasional boundaries but only a few compared to the flurry of fours that Unmukt and Aparajith hit in first 15 overs.
Earlier, India frittered away the early advantage as defending champions Australia recovered from a shaky start to post a competitive 225 for 8.
Electing to field after winning the toss Indians had the Aussies on the mat at 38 for 4 before host skipper William Bosisto (87 not out) rebuilt the innings with the help of some notable contributions down the order from Tavis Head (37) and Ashton Turner.
Colts 'veteran' Sandeep Sharma who got four for 54 was the most successful bowler.
Both teams named the same XIs that had got them through the knockouts. While Australia, aiming for a fourth title, entered the final undefeated, India had lost one game in the first group stage to the West Indies.(PTI)
Brief Scores: Australia U 19 225 for 8 from 50 overs (Willliam Bosisto 87*, Ashton Turner 43, Travis Head 37; Sandeep Sharma 4 for 54) lost to India U 19 227 for 4 from 47.4 overs (Unmukt Chand 111*, Smit Patel 62*; Joel Paris 1 for 33) by 6 wickets.
Man of the Match: Unmukt Chand
Man of the Series: William Bosisto
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