Out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir has been retained captain of the Delhi team for the upcoming Ranji season as the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) announced a 15-member squad for the one-day Vijay Hazare trophy to be played in Himachal Pradesh.
Wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin's century went in vain as West Indies slumped to a 16-run loss against India A in their second and final warm-up 50-over match ahead of the five-match ODI series against India at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
Veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and talented youngster Unmukt Chand put up impressive performances as India A made short work of the touring West Indies side in the first of the two warm-up one dayers here on Friday.
Unmukt Chand, Jagrit Anand and Milind Kumar struck fighting half centuries in Delhi`s five-wicket win over Himachal Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy (North Zone) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Monday. Out of form Virender Sehwag pulled out of the game at the last minute owing to "sickness".
Virender Sehwag`s decision to continue batting at No 3 didn`t make much of a difference to his poor form but defending champions Delhi did enough to beat Jammu and Kashmir by 38 runs in the opening fixture of the north zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Talented Delhi opener Unmukt Chand will be donning the Rajasthan Royals jersey in IPL this season but he has another reason to celebrate as he will be getting former India skipper Rahul Dravid as a "mentor`.
Virender Sehwag`s preferred batting slot would be one of the primary issues when defending champions and hosts Delhi take on an upbeat Jammu and Kashmir in the opening fixture of north zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Thursday.
As the first day witnessed some of the star players signing multi-crore deals, the second-day too saw some unexpected bidding for uncapped players who went up for grabs at the IPL auction which resumed in Bangalore`s ITC Gardenia Hotel here on Thursday.
Some of India`s up and coming talents, including Unmukt Chand and Rishi Dhawan, are expected to feature in the IPL auction for the first time as they feature in the 651-strong list of uncapped players to be put under the hammer on February 12 and 13 in Bangalore.
Former India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand`s brilliant unbeaten century helped ONGC thrash Jain Irrigation in a Group A league match of the Rs 12 lakh T20 tournament at the D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai Monday.
Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir`s dogged insistence of playing on a seaming track was vindicated once again as the hosts bowled out Punjab for just 74 runs in on a fog-hit first day of the Ranji Trophy group A encounter here Sunday.
Young Indian batsman Unmukt Chand, who led the Under-19 team to World Cup victory last year, today said he has learnt a lot from the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Virender Sehwag while sharing the dressing room with them during the Indian Premier League.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid today said that one of the benefits youngsters can reap by competing in the IPL is that it gives them the experience of playing in front of large crowd even before representing India, besides giving them opportunities to share the dressing room with legends.
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.