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Tendulkar inspired Unmukt

New Delhi (PTI): Former India Under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand has revealed that it was a gesture from legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar that inspired him to work harder and dream bigger.

Talking about his recent meeting with Tendulkar, Unmukt, who tasted U-19 World Cup glory in 2012 as captain, said: “That will be an unforgettable day in my life.”

Eleven young cricketers associated with a corporate sports initiative were given the opportunity to be mentored by the recently-retired batsman and Unmukt was “humbled” by his icon’s encouraging words.

“Sir came to me, shook my hand, handed me a bat, patted my back and said, ‘Unmukt, you have always been a special talent. I see you doing well for the country in years to come. All the best and keep working hard’,” Unmukt wrote on a social network blog.

“I grew up in an era where Sachin Tendulkar ruled the world of cricket. Who can forget the desert storm in Sharjah or that pull off Andrew Caddick in the 2003 World Cup, which went out of the park!” he added.

Unmukt, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals at the recent IPL auction, said it was a step forward in realising his dream of playing for India in future. “A dream for every cricketer playing in this country is to walk across the field in that blue jersey and cling onto it for as long as possible. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t my dream growing up – it still is.”

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