The former U19 captain of India, Unmukt Chand is slated to compete against his country of birth in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. The star India batter retired from Indian cricket in September 2021 due to a lack of breakthrough into the national team which resulted in a changed allegiance as he began representing the United States of America. The USA has gained automatic qualification to participate in the T20 World Cup, which is being jointly hosted by the country.
In an interview with Cricbuzz, Chand expressed that it would be an unusual experience for him when he competes against India in the tournament. The encounter between India and the USA is scheduled for June 12 in New York at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, with the match anticipated to commence at 8:30 PM IST.
"[It is] something which would be very strange (laughs), but I think since I've retired from India, my next goal was always to sort of play against India, and not in any bad blood but keen to test myself out against the best team in the world," Unmukt Chand told Cricbuzz.
Have spent a lot of time with Jassi over the years: Smit Patel
Another former India cricketer now based in the USA, Smit Patel also shared his experience of playing with Jasprit Bumrah. Smit recounted a humorous incident from their initial meeting, highlighting that the entire team was captivated by Bumrah's bowling action. The T20 World Cup 2024 schedule for India has also been unveiled, with the team set to face Ireland in their opening match on June 5. Additionally, India will square off against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 9 in New York.
"Have spent a lot of time with Jassi over the years. Still remember the day he rocked up to practice for the first and he left us awestruck with what we were witnessing (laughs). The team had a name for him those days, we used to call him Jasprit Gumrah (confuse)," Smit told Cricbuzz in an interview.