Kapil chides Unmukt for leaving training camp

Updated: Sep 07, 2012, 23:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Indian captain Kapil Dev on Friday chided young cricketer Unmukt Chand for skipping practice for attending a Youth Summit and advised him to focus on the game.

Unmukt, the Under-19 World Cup winning captain, attended India Today`s Youth Summit to speak on cricket when he is supposed to play a match, which will also feature Sachin Tendulkar tomorrow.

Unmukt is part of the India `A` squad which will tour New Zealand soon. The team is currently undergoing a preparatory camp in Bangalore.

"What are you doing here? Why you have come here," is what Kapil asked him when he saw the youngster at the programme.

"If I were his coach or manager, I would not have let him come here even if I was given a million dollars. I would have kicked on his backside for coming here," Kapil said in front of a packed audience mainly comprising youngsters.

When the programme`s host jokingly told Unmukt that he was lucky that Kapil was not his coach, the world cup winning captain said actually the youngster was `unlucky` not to have him as his coach.

"I would have made him work hard for the next three years so that he could live life like a king in the next 20 years."

Both Kapil and Mohammed Azharuddin suggested Unmukt to "stay humble".

"You are outstanding talent, a good player. Stay humble," Azhar said while also urging the youngsters in the audience to "not get into bad habits."