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Unmukt Chand Becomes First Indian Men’s Player To Sign BBL Contract, Joins Melbourne Renegades

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Since giving up on Indian cricket, Unmukt Chand has been on the rise. He retired from Indian cricket Earlier this year in August and since then has been making his presence felt in USA Cricket. After making all the waves there, now the former India U-19 skipper has joined the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. He has become the first Indian men’s player to feature in Australia’s top T20 franchise cricket league.

The Renegades official Twitter handle made the announcement of Unmukt Chand joining the franchise for the upcoming season.

Excited To Be A Part Of Melbourne Renegades: Unmukt Chand

“I’m very excited, it’s great to be part of the Melbourne Renegades family I’ve always followed the Big Bash and it’s a great opportunity for me to come and play some good cricket. I’m really looking forward to coming to Melbourne and to get going” Chand said.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing in Australia. I haven’t been to Melbourne before… I know for a fact there are lots of Indians in Melbourne, so it’s going to be nice, and I hope the crowds turn up for games as well” he further added.

Chand sent out a statement on his official Twitter handle on his retirement. After winning U-19 title with India and playing for Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, Chand took an early retirement from Indian cricket due to lack of opportunities.

“After thinking for a while, I still could not find the perfect beginning to this letter. Writing this down brings out mixed emotions in me. I don’t know how I should be feeling cause honestly I am still figuring it out. The very thought of not being able to represent my country again literally stops my heartbeat for a while”. 

“I have grown up playing cricket with just one and only dream of playing for India. The love for this game has been very pure for me and I am grateful to have achieved a few milestones along the way. From getting up early in the morning for training, scheduling my entire day around cricket and trying to find out ways to become a better player has always been my drive and motivation and still keeps me going as the journey is only halfway through” Chand wrote on his official Twitter profile.