Unmukt Chand became the first Indian male cricketer to play in Australia’s Big Bash League

Former ICC Under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand on Tuesday became the first Indian male cricketer to play in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). After saying goodbye to Indian cricket, he relocated to the USA last year. Later, he was signed by the franchise Melbourne Renegades for the 2021–22 season of the T20 league.

A few days back, he took a dig at the franchise for not giving them matches in the current season. He posted a sarcastic message on Twitter, which read, “Feeling like a holiday. Thanks Melbourne!!”

A week later, the Renegades made it official that they were making their Delhi batsman debut. Unmukt received his cap before his team’s clash with the Hobart Hurricanes at Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium. He will take the field under Australia’s limited overs captain Aaron Finch.

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Unmukt, who also led the India A team, never got a chance to play in the senior Indian team. However, he represented three IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. His domestic career spanned over a decade, during which he played 67 first-class games in which he scored 3379 runs and scored over 4500 runs in 120 List A matches.

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He came into the picture during the Under-19 World Cup 2012, where he led India to a title win. He won the Player of the Match award by scoring an unbeaten 111 in the final against Australia. This win took him to the IPL, but he could not cement his place in any of the franchises.

Back in 2019, he moved to Uttarakhand to settle himself but left within a year as he had to drop out due to inconsistent performances. Eventually, he moved to the United States in search of opportunities.

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