Unmukt Chand © Getty Images
Unmukt Chand © Getty Images

India A skipper Unmukt Chand slammed a healthy half-century in the sixth match of the India A Triangular series against South Africa A. India A were 83 for loss of no wickets after 18.1 overs. Chand took 64 balls to reach his half-century, slamming three sixes and two fours on the way. Mayank Agarwal is not out on 28 with him. South Africa A won the toss and elected to field first. India A made a slow start, however, Chand and Agarwal quickly picked up the pace. South Africa A have used four bowlers so far. Quinton de Kock returns to the side and Dean Elgar has been left out. South Africa need to chase down the target inside 29 overs, in order to qualify for final against Australia A. READ: Unmukt Chand: Learnt a lot from Virat Kohli, but our paths are different

Having flattered to deceive on most occasions after his transition from Under-19 to senior cricket, Chand would like to make amends as he leads India A in the tri-nation A series, which is considered to be a launchpad for getting into the senior team. The tournament will be an acid test for 22-year-old Unmukt, whom the Sandeep Patil chaired selection committee thinks as one for the future.

With India playing a lot of cricket in the next two years, the tri-series will also be a chance for the likes of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav to consolidate their position in the senior team after a fruitful series against Zimbabwe. But the centre of attention will be Unmukt, who would like to prove his detractors wrong and assert that he belongs to this level. An average of shade below 35 and a strike rate of 68 plus in over 55 List A matches is certainly not a true reflection of Unmukt’s capabilities as he can be destructive on his day and single-handedly win matches for his team.