Delhi opener Unmukt Chand skips Vijay Hazare Trophy match to attend Hindi exam

Cricketers sacrificing their education for the sake of game is not a new thing, especially in India. But how often do you hear a cricketer miss a match to attend an examination? It happened on Thursday, when India’s premier domestic One-Day tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy commenced. Delhi’s young opener Unmukt Chand missed his team’s opening game against Baroda to attend an exam.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Chand had cleared all but one paper of his graduation course. Due to his hectic cricket schedule, the 22-year old had missed his Hindi exam during the first semester five years ago and hadn’t attempted it ever since. Finally, he made it to the exam hall on Thursday, which happened to be his last chance to answer the paper, failing which he would not have been able to complete his graduation as per Delhi University rules.

“The date-sheet was released a month ago and I knew the exam clashed with the Baroda game. I informed the team, coach and captain well in advance that I will have to take the exam as it was my last attempt. I had missed my Hindi exam due to a packed cricket schedule but this time I had to sacrifice a day of cricket to complete my graduation,” Chand told the English daily.