Critics have right to express opinions: Unmukt Chand

He es a batsman’s form can’t always be judged by the scorecard.

New Delhi: After the high of scoring a brilliant century to help India lift the u-19 World Cup in Australia came the relative low of getting out cheaply in the first three Ranji matches. But Unmukt Chand believes a batsman’s form can’t always be judged by the scorecard.

Speaking to MAIL TODAY after scoring a sparkling hundred and batting the whole day on the opening day of Delhi’s match against Tamil Nadu on Saturday, Unmukt said that while critics have every right to speak their mind, a player shouldn’t get overawed by it.

“Criticism is always welcome because it shows people care. But form shouldn’t always be judged by the scoreboard. For those who have followed my batting in the first three matches, I was hitting the ball really well in the first innings against UP and was unlucky when my stroke ricocheted off a close-in fielder and was caught by another fielder. Yes I didn’t play too well in the second innings and the first innings against Odisha."

“But I was unbeaten in the second innings against Odisha and hit a fluent half-century in the only innings we batted against Baroda. Yes, I didn’t score a hundred, but then it was just round the corner. Rather than getting pressurised by the criticism, I feel good when I am expected to score runs in every outing,” he said.

Talking of pressure, Unmukt says for him, the pressure is from within.

“I have never felt pressure when others have spoken about it. For me it is always about how I feel and how the team feels. I am a complete team man and what my team expects from me is what matters. I personally am not too happy when I get out after scoring a fifty. Although I have realised with time that it isn’t possible to score big runs every time I go out to bat, I still don’t feel happy with the 40s and 50s – however attractive it might look to those watching,” the 19-year-old said.

Curbing his natural instincts during Saturday’s knock was part of the pact Unmukt had with coach Vijay Dahiya.

“We had a plan. While he initially wanted me to give the first hour to the bowlers, he then wanted me to be at the crease at lunch. When we did succeed in the first two plans, he then wanted me to play it session by session and wait for the loose deliveries. And finally when I went in at tea, he asked me to be unbeaten at the end of the day,” Unmukt said.

Unmukt, who has his India u-19 teammate Baba Aparajith in the opposition camp, gifted the all-rounder a bat on Friday.

“I have been following each and every innings that my u-19 teammates like Aparajith and Smit Patel play and every time they do well, I congratulate them. I wish Aparajith all the luck and wish to see him score a lot of runs with the bat I gifted him,” he said.

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