Unmukt Chand © IANS
Unmukt Chand © IANS

Unmukt Chand, who is in his prime form in domestic cricket for his Delhi team, was dropped for the entire Ranji Trophy season in 2016-17. That failed him to land an IPL contract then. In 2017-18, too, Chand was dropped from the Delhi squad for 4 matches of Ranji Trophy. He was, however, called back to the Delhi team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Chand’s omission has hurt his IPL opportunities for the second time. His axing during Ranji Trophy came a month before the IPL auctions. Chand blamed Delhi team management’s internal politics for halting his career’s progress.

Chand also revealed he is planning to play for another state with the ongoing petty politics. At the moment, Chand is on a mission of making a comeback. He has scored 400 runs from last 8 matches for Delhi. In an interview with The Times of India, Chand opened up about his omission, his comeback and disappointment on losing an IPL contract:

On omission from Delhi team: “Getting dropped from Delhi was the biggest disappointment of my life. I became the scapegoat of petty politics in the team. I was playing a T20 zonal match in Mumbai two years back when I heard the news of getting axed from the one-day side. I was leading India A in a couple of months before that and was the highest scorer there. I had been the top run-getter for Delhi the previous season, and I was dropped. That was shocking.”

On losing an IPL contract: “I was retained by MI last year but because I didn’t get to play matches in the previous year, I decided to get released from the squad to find a team where I could play, and not sit out, even at base price. It was a hard decision and a big risk too, but I opted out. Unfortunately, I was dropped from the Delhi side four days before the auction, and I’m sure it didn’t send the right signal to the franchisees. I wasn’t picked.”

On playing for another state: “Yes, I have thought about it. I have been forced to think about it. However, things are still not concrete. I had lived my biggest fear of getting dropped from the Delhi Ranji team, and thus overcame the fear by only realising the next day that it was a mental barrier and nothing else. I went beyond the fear. It liberated me.”