Memoirs of Unmukt Chand comes out in a book

PTI| Updated: Nov 30, 2013, 21:10 PM IST

New Delhi: Barely 20, Unmukt Chand has already done enough on the cricket field since he picked up the willow for the first time 14 years ago, and the promising young Turk`s diary today took the shape of a book that encapsulates India`s triumph at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup last year.

The Delhi boy launched the book titled `The Sky is the limit` in the presence of former India cricketers Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar.

"I have always had this habit of writing diaries. I asked my uncle and he told `why not write a book now`," Unmukt said here today.

Both Dravid and Manjrekar praised the young cricketer, who is considered a future senior India prospect by many players and experts.

"My advice to him is keep the focus. I saw him train at the camp at NCA before the Indian team left for the World Cup (at Townsville, Australia)," Dravid said.

Manjrekar said he was impressed with the no fear attitude of the current crop of young cricketers.

"He called me and I didn`t take his call as I didn`t have his number. But then he send me a text saying, "I am Unmukt Chand and I request you to be present during my book launch". I liked the fact that he had no fear despite I didn`t know him. I have noticed that these young cricketers have no fear of anything," said Manjrekar.

Unmukt said right from the beginning his team always believed that it could win the World Cup and that belief played a big role in the triumphant campaign.

"We have always believed that we could win the World Cup and our aim was to bring the Cup back," Unmukt said.

As captain of the side, Unmukt led by example as he scored a brilliant century in the title clash against Australia to guide his team to victory.

Son of a teacher, Unmukt began playing cricket at a tender age of six. Greatly encouraged by his father and his uncle, Unmukt steadily climbed the ranks until he won a spot in the Delhi team.