Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand. (Photo: Twitter)

Former India player Unmukt Chand, who had recently quit cricket in India and moved to the United States of America (USA) to pursue his dream of playing international cricket, has made a cheeky dig at his Big Bash League (BBL 11) franchise Melbourne Renegades, for benching him throughout the season.

Chand, who captained the India U19 team to Youth World Cup glory in 2012 in Australia, grew frustrated with the lack of opportunities in Indian domestic cricket and even in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and decided to move to the USA to play cricket there and qualify for the USA cricket team and play international cricket.

Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand (Image Credit: Twitter)

Feels More Like A Vacation: Unmukt Chand On Being Benched By Melbourne Renegades

However, he had made history after becoming the first Indian men’s player to sign a contract with a Big Bash League (BBL) franchise, when he associated with Melbourne Renegades, a former BBL Champion for the BBL 11 or BBL 2021-22 season.

“I’ve loved watching the Big Bash and players around the world coming in. It’s a great platform and I always wanted to play there. I’m really looking forward in the coming years that I can make a name for myself and hopefully win championships for the teams I play for,” Unmukt had said when he signed the contract.

Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand. Credits: Melbourne Renegades

“I’ve always enjoyed playing in Australia. I haven’t been to Melbourne before. I know for a fact there are lots of Indians in Melbourne, so it’s going to be nice, and I hope the crowds turn up for games as well,” he added.

However, Chand is yet to make his BBL debut for the Renegades, despite the team losing 7 of their 11 matches and even after the fact that the ongoing BBL league has faced numerous COVID-19 cases within team camps, leading to the franchises trying to make up numbers.

This led to a frustrated Unmukt Chand taking a cheeky dig at the Melbourne Renegades.

He tweeted: “Feels more like a vacation. Thanks Melbourne!!”

Meanwhile, in the USA, the 28-year-old has begun his Minor League career in America by leading his team Silicon Valley to the title. In all, he has played 77 T20s since making his debut in 2010 and has an average of 22.35 and a strike rate of 116.09.

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