Recently the Under-19 cricket team of India returned home with the Under-19 World Cup trophy. This Under-19 was led by Unmukt Chand from Delhi. The 19-year-old top-order batsman smashed a match-winning 111 not out against Australia, at Townsville on August 26. After Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli, Chand has become the third Indian skipper to lead the nation to Under-19 Cricket World Cup magnificence. He is being considered as the next Kohli in the making.
Unmukt has also played two seasons in first-class cricket and an IPL season before the World Cup. He made his Ranji debut, when he was in school. Chand is also an interesting personality off the field, maintaining a regular diary and reading dictionaries in his spare time. Unmukt is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. He has represented Delhi in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-19 cricket teams. He has scored 738 runs in 11 first-class matches. Born to Bharat Chand Thakur and Rajeshwari Chand, Unmukt started playing cricket at the age of six years.
As per his coach Sanjay Bhardwaj, Unmukt is more talented than his other illustrious ward Gautam Gambhir. Bhardwaj also said that Unmukt should be in the senior cricket team by early 2013. Unmukt's uncle is his mentor, who encouraged him to play cricket. Currently, he is a student of St. Stephens College, Delhi. As per the coach, he has never shown disgraceful qualities like youngsters of his age. His kitbag has books other than cricket gears. He has the habit of maintaining notes in his diary since he was just 9 years old. The Indian cricket fans are seeing him as another Indian batsman, who is ready to set the international stage on fire.