New Delhi: Unmukt Chand became a household name after leading his side to glory, in the under-19 World Cup in 2012. His match-winning century in the title clash made his tournament even more memorable.
But as former cricketers Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar graced the occasion of Unmukt’s book launch ‘The Sky Is the Limit’, they warned the talented youngster that under no circumstance should his focus shift from the game as that would be detrimental to his dreams of playing for the Indian team.
“I believe that cricket should always be the most important thing in your life. Endorsements, contracts, deals, everything should be secondary. If you look after the runs, life will look after itself. For all the great players that I have interacted with over the years, cricket has been their life,” Dravid said.
Manjrekar echoed Dravid’s sentiments. “I feel scoring runs should be your sole focus. Having watched you in the Indian Premier League, I feel that you should spend some more time in the middle. Also, each one has his own style and you shouldn’t follow anyone,” he said.
In fact, Dravid explained further, citing the example of Virender Sehwag.
“While the likes of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and I would have our pads on even an hour after being dismissed — at times, Viru would be whistling a song within five minutes after getting out and I would think how easy things are for him. But what I am trying to say is that everyone has his own style,” he revealed.
While critics have often said that youngsters should refrain from playing in the IPL, Dravid feels that Unmukt should take the positives out of the tournament.
“You should carry the good part of the IPL like sharing the dressing room with stalwarts from across the globe. Also, IPL teaches you a lot about how to handle the pressure of performing on the big stage as you have hundreds of people cheering, so that shall stand you in good stead,” he told Unmukt.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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