Unmukt Chand has now moved from Delhi and is currently set to play for Uttarakhand in the upcoming domestic season. The Delhi boy was the talk of the nation after he captained the U-19 side to a World Cup in 2012. But it has been a story of unfulfilled potential for him.
While many expected Unmukt Chand to go on and become another world class cricketer like Virat Kohli, it hasn’t been a similar journey for him when compared to his fellow statesmen. Chand had to sweat it out for about seven seasons in the domestic circuit before earning a chance to play for India.
The likes of Prithvi Shaw, Kuldeep Yadav made their U-19 debuts well after Chand but have already made the cut into the national side unlike him. But the Delhi lad is still optimistic and confident that he could one day make it to the top level while also saying that his journey is completely different when compared to the likes of Kohli or Shaw.
‘It has been seven years since the Under-19 World Cup win. Many things changed after that. That was a very special moment for me. I was fortunate to lead the Indian side in a big tournament and took them to a title win. That moment will always stay in the heart. It will be top of my list. The feeling was incredible,’ Unmukt told while speaking to the Times of India.
‘But it’s time to move on. I want to perform and play for my country. Of course, I am just 26. I am in the best shape and I am sure I will (play for India seniors). That’s my ultimate dream. The rest is up to God. Sometimes it takes time and sometimes it happens so quickly. ‘
‘Let’s not compare your journey with someone else’s. Some people get it so early like Virat (Kohli) and Prithvi (Shaw) got it. My journey is very different. I want live my own journey. I want to make my own way and name. That’s all. That’s the dream (representing India). I am working hard for it and I am sure I will get there soon.’