Unmukt Chand scripts history to become the first male Indian player to feature in BBL

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Unmukt Chand, after announcing retirement from all formats of cricket last year, wrote history as he became the first Indian male player to play in Australia’s Big Bash League.

After he signed a deal with Melbourne Renegades, he made his debut for the franchise in the 2021-2022 season of the BBL.

However, he did not have a very pleasant debut as he got out very quickly and made only 6 runs off 8 balls against the Hobart Hurricanes. He was dismissed by Sandeep Lamichhane in the second-last over of the match.

The Melbourne Renegades tweeted the welcome of the U-19 World Cup-winning captain on Twitter.

In the rest of the match, for the Hurricanes, it was Caleb Jewell (35), D’Arcy Short (37), and captain Matthew Wade (48) as well as an unbeaten knock by Tim David ensured that Hobart Hurricanes posted a total of 182/5.

In reply, the Aaron Finch-led Renegades could only come up with 176/6 as they lost the game by 6 runs.

Renegades are at the bottom of the table with just 16 points from 13 games while Perth Scorchers are the toppers with 41 points from 14 games.

In the U-19 World Cup in 2012, it was Unmukt Chand’s India that beat Australia U-19 in the finals in Townsville. Chand had made a century in 130 balls in the match.

He also led the India-A team but could not make it to the senior team.

Unmukt Chand is now trying his hand at playing different leagues across the globe.

In IPL, Chand played for Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils), Mumbai Indians, and Rajasthan Royals.

He also played a lot of domestic cricket for a decade, which included 67 first-class matches but could never go beyond that.

In India, a male cricketer is only eligible to play in overseas leagues after his retirement from all formats of cricket.

For women cricketers, this rule doesn’t apply and they are free to participate in all T20 leagues overseas.

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