Unmukt Chand is leading Silicon Valley Strikers in Minor League.
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- Unmukt Chand is leading Silicon Vallyer Strikers in the Minor League
- The former India U-19 captain had moved to USA in 2021
- Unmukt has scored back-to-back half-centuries in 2 matches
Former India U-19 World Cup-winning captain, Unmukt Chand, has continued his purple patch for Silicon Valley Strikers. Unmukt kicked off the Minor League season from where he left and has scored two half-centuries in as many matches.
In the opening game against Hollywood Master Blasters, captain Unmukt led from the front and scored an unbeaten 94 off just 65 deliveries as they put on a huge total of 180 on the board. Unmukt's knock included 5 sixes and 7 fours. The Master Blasters managed a total of 117 and suffered a big 63-run defeat. Unmukt also displayed his bowling skills and scalped a wicket in his three-over spell.
The right-handed batsman carried his form in the next game against Social Lashings and hit 53 off 34 while facing the new ball. He hit 8 boundaries in his knock. Courtesy of his half-century, Silicon put on a score of 175 on the board. Social Lashings were bowled out for 132 and suffered a 43-run defeat.
There are many more matches left in the season and Unmukt will hope to continue his dream run. He has been in form since moving to the USA in August 2021. Under them, Silicon won the Minor League title in October last year.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Unmukt confirmed that he wants to play for USA. He will be eligible for national selection in 2024.
“It is wonderful to be playing alongside cricketers from South Africa, West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. USA Cricket is growing massively. I want to play for USA but before that I want to make sure I score lots of runs. I will be eligible to play for USA when I complete 36 months in the country. A bigger platform is for me to establish my credentials first at the BBL and then in the USA Major T20 League to be held in 2022," he had told Hindustan Times in 2021.
Unmukt played for India A and made it to the 30-member squad for 2 ICC events. He represented Delhi and Uttarakhand in domestic cricket. In IPL, the right-handed batsman played for Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.