Every U19 cricketer’s story is not that of Virat Kohli’s, says Unmukt Chand
The Indian cricket team has been in red-hot form in this edition of ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand. The young colts capitulated every opposition they faced on their way to the finals of the tournament. These youngsters are now just one step away from glory as they face Australia to decide the winners of the coveted trophy.
The likes of Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti became overnight sensations in world cricket as masses begin to analogize the future Kohli’s and Sachin’s within the youngsters.
Similarly, one man named Unmukt Chand basked the glory back in 2012 in the same turf of New Zealand when he led his U19 team towards triumph and brought home the title. Fans believed India already found another Virat Kohli in the making.
However, things did not pan out the way it was supposed to be as Unmukt Chand, after a promising start to his career, is struggling to find a place into the Indian side and is still waiting for his international cap, even after 5 years since the day he lifted the trophy in New Zealand.
Therefore, prior to the finals of the tournament, the Delhi-lad had some advice to dispense for the youngsters of the Indian team. Chand professed not every U19 cricketer’s story is that of a Virat Kohli’s, it is also about the likes of Shikhar Dhawan’s, Manish Pandey’s and the Unmukt Chand’s also.
“After tomorrow, they will enter the man’s world. A beautiful phase of their life will end and a new journey with full of challenges await them. Prithvi’s team tomorrow are favourites. They should just play freely forgetting everything else. Win or lose, it will only be significant but just a part of their bigger journey,” claimed Unmukt Chand according to TOI.
“The boys need to be practical. I know what happens after every U-19 World Cup. But every U-19 cricketer’s story is not Virat Kohli’s (There is a story of Shikhar Dhawan who made Test debut nine years after U19 WC) and there is a story of Unmukt Chand (trying to work his way back to national reckoning),” added Chand in a logical manner.
“Obviously, they will have their own set of expectations and they would want to play for India. But let’s get one thing straight. Among them a few may quickly be drafted in the senior team, a few will take time to blossom and some for all practical reasons might never wear senior national colours,” concluded 24-year old Delhi lad.