5 Indian players who announced retirement to play in the USA
The Indian domestic players have taken this step to switch abroad to play the sport and extend their careers which might have not been possible in the country.
Updated - Aug 26, 2021 10:50 am
In India, it is not too long out of the cradle that a child picks up the bat and dreams to play for the country. Thus, there is cutthroat competition and cracking the code of making it to the national team isn’t a cakewalk. Even after having a decent stint in the domestic circuit, not every player is able to grab the attention of the selectors.
Consistency in the game is the other aspect that often comes to the fore. A little lean patch and someone else gets the edge above the other. This makes playing for the Indian cricket team a furthermore challenging task. The bench strength that India currently possesses exemplifies the talent that the nation beholds in the sport. Despite showing their prowess in the Under-19 circuit, the players have to go through a grueling journey to make it to the Indian team.
However, often excess competition leaves behind a few players who aren’t able to fetch in the opportunity to make it big. Over the course of time, fans have heard of quite a few cricketers who have hung up their boots from Indian cricket in order to get exposure and opportunities elsewhere. The Indian domestic players have taken this step to switch abroad to play the sport and extend their careers which might have not been possible in the country. Hence, let’s take a look at-
5 Indians who announced retirement to play in the USA
1. Unmukt Chand
The 2012 U19 World Cup-winning captain of India, Unmukt Chand, has signed a 3-year deal with the USA’s Major League Cricket (MLC) after bidding adieu to Indian cricket. For every cricketer, wearing the Indian blues is a dream and it was no different for Unmukt as well. He had caught the attention of many by displaying his flair in the Under 19 cricket.
Unmukt Chand hit an impressive unbeaten 111 to sail India to victory in the final of the Under-19 World Cup. Chand was then handed over the mantle of being the captain of the India A side and that further pinned his hopes on becoming a part of the Indian team soon. After smashing two consecutive tons in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy it was expected that he will make it to the national squad for the India-West Indies ODI series in 2014 but things turned out the other way.
Chand’s cricketing career witnessed its fair share of ebbs and flows. He was termed as the next big thing in Indian cricket as parallels were drawn between him and Virat Kohli. He had last captained the Indian side in the year 2016. The other players who featured in the series went on to play for India but not Chand. He was then also dropped from the Delhi one day side later this year. With the view of making most of the talent he has under his belt, Chand thus took the step of shifting to the USA.