Unmukt Chand: Ready to handle pressure of captaincy

Unmukt Chand (above) and Abhishek Nayar will lead the side during India A’s home series against New Zealand  © Getty Images

Aug 11, 2013

New Delhi batsman Unmukt Chand, who was recently named joint captain of the India A side that will host New Zealand towards the end of this month, expressed his delight and said that he was now better prepared to handle the pressure of leading the side.

“This is a big boost for me. Post IPL, there wasn’t much cricket. There was a kind of vacuum building up,” Unmukt said, as reported by Times of India.

“Things were happening really fast all of a sudden. Yes, there was pressure building for me to perform. With this longish break, I have got time to relax and calm down. Now, I feel better prepared to take on the responsibility of leading the India A side and also dealing with the media attention,” he added.

“As a youngster, everyone is bound to think that success at the under-19 level can give you the India cap. I have seen Shikhar [Dhawan] from close quarters and have imbibed a lot from him. But then, every story is different. For example, Virat [Kohli] has never looked back since his under-19 days,” remarked the opener.