Former India Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand.
Unmukt Chand , who captained India to victory at the Under-19 World Cup in 2012, announced his decision to retire from Indian cricket on Friday.
The 28-year-old posted a note on Twitter saying he will be seeking "better opportunities from around the world". "The very thought of not being able to represent my country again literally stops my heartbeat for a while," he wrote.
"I have always been honest to my game with all my hard work and determination but sometimes things dont pan out as imagined and make us make life-changing decisions which can only be judged at the end of the journey."
"Though a part of me is not at peace with the way things have unfolded in the last few years, I still choose to see the silver lining and with fond memories bid adieu to BCCI and seek opportunities around the world," he wrote.
Chand played 67 first-class games, scoring 3379 runs at an average of 31.57. In List A cricket, he has scored 4505 runs at an average of 41.33 in 120 matches. In the T20s, he had 1565 runs at an average of 22.35 and a strike rate of 116.09 in 77 games. He is likely to ply his trade in the U.S. now.
Why Unmukt Chand retired?
"I have grown up playing cricket with just one and only dream of playing for India. The love for this game has been very pure for me and I am grateful to have achieved a few milestones along the way. Getting up early in the morning for training, scheduling my entire day around cricket, and trying to find out ways to become a better player has always been my drive and motivation and still keeps me going as the journey is only halfway through.
"Playing amongst the best players in India and across the world has taught me a lot. I would also like to thank DDCA for giving me an opportunity so early on in my career to rub shoulders with the stalwarts of Delhi and Indian cricket. Having spent time around these legends for so many years has been instrumental in my own. journey. I want to thank all my fellow players, coaches, support staff for bringing out the best in me. I will forever cherish these memories.
"Lastly, I would like to say that things have not been as smooth in the last few years, and opportunities have been denied. Though a part of me is not at peace with the way things have unfolded in the last few years, I still choose to see the silver lining and with fond memories bid adieu to BCCI and seek better opportunities around the world," wrote Chand.
After the Under-19 World Cup title win in 2021, Unmukt went on to captain the India A team as well, during his golden period he was also considered as one of the main batting stays of the Delhi state team but everything fell like a house of cards in the year 2016. First, he got dropped from Delhis one-day team, then he lost his IPL contract and the final nail in Unmukts coffin came in the form of him losing his place in the India A side as well.