Unmukt Chand acknowledges the crowd after reaching 3- figure mark ONGC scholarship player and future star of Indian cricket, Unmukt Chand led India to U-19 World Cup glory at Tony Ireland Stadium, Australia. His unbeaten century could not have come at a better time. Indian U-19 team captained by Unmukt pulled off the highest successful chase at this venue to beat defending champions Australia in the final. Unmukt, who was ably supported by Baba Aparajith and Smit Patel, secured India's third Under-19 world title, after triumphs in 2000 under the leadership of former ONGCian, Mohd Kaif and in 2008 under another ONGCian, Virat Kohli.
Kamal Passi in action Chand (111 not out) and Patel (62 not out) shared an unbroken 130-run stand for the fifth wicket, after India had slipped from 75 for 1 to 97 for 4. At no stage of the chase did they allow the asking rate to climb beyond inaccessible limits. Several huge hits on the home stretch ensured the target was achieved in the 48th over.
The other ONGC scholarship player Kamal Passi pitched in with a stupendous bowling performance throughout the tournament. His 6 wkt haul in an earlier match along with 22 runs off 8 balls helped India reach finals. ONGC has always identified the upcoming and promising players in various games in the country at early stage of their career and provided them with required training and financial assistance to help them enhance their skill and register their performance at both national and international levels.Unmukt and Kamal celebrating after the match
U-19 India team celebrating with the trophyDays are not far, when these two talented youngsters will don the mantle and step into the boots of their seniors in the National Cricket Team. CSD along with all the readers of or.net wishes Unmukt and Passi many more laurels.