New Delhi: Unmukt Chand draws instant comparison with Virat Kohli, who too, led the Indian under-19 team to World Cup glory.
While many of his teammates faded away, Kohli did justice to his immense talent and has established himself in the Indian senior side. Unmukt looks up to his fellow Delhiite and finds his attitude towards the game “infectious.” With both playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy, there has been enough opportunity for Unmukt to discuss cricket with him.
“Many people have inspired me. Over the past two years Virat Kohli for the way he has been playing, the way he has been chasing big totals for India so easily. His attitude is quite infectious. That is something I am really influenced and inspired by,” Unmukt was quoted as saying in Delhi Daredevils website.
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“I started playing because of my passion and not because of someone. Over the years, Sachin Tendulkar has been a great inspiration and I like to watch him bat,” he added.
It was a special moment for the youngster when Kohli gave him the Castrol Award for the ‘junior cricketer of the year’. The top line Indian players were all there at the function.
“That was superb, I was there with them. That was something really special. Sharing the stage with them made me feel at the top of the world. I hope to be with them soon.”
Talking about leading the team to victory in Australia, Unmukt credits the entire team. “We started with a loss, but never felt any pressure. We peaked at the right time. The belief was there and everyone contributed in their own ways. We were able to maintain the three standards that we had set for ourselves — self- belief, communication and controlled aggression,” said Unmukt, who played a captain’s knock in the final against Australia, bailing the team out from a precarious position with a century.
The Indian Premier League stint with Delhi Daredevils has taught Unmukt a lot.
“Playing with senior players like (Virender) Sehwag, (David) Warner and others has really contributed a lot. I’ve learned a lot from all of them.”