IPL 2013 April 1, 2013

Ryder's absence will be felt - Chand

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Delhi Daredevils batsman Unmukt Chand has said the absence of two key overseas players in Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder will increase the responsibility on the rest of the team during the IPL. Ryder, the New Zealand batsman, was in a coma after he was assaulted outside a bar and has since begun the path to recovery. Pietersen had to withdraw from the tour of New Zealand early due to a knee injury and was ruled out of cricket for up to eight weeks. Daredevils are yet to name their replacements.

"Jesse's incident was unfortunate. We really feel sad about it. His absence would mean additional responsibility. He will be a big miss this time." Chand said. "We have to rise to the occasion. It probably gives some of us Indian batsmen an opportunity to put our hands up and perform well."

Ryder was hospitalised on Wednesday for a fractured skull and a collapsed lung. Over the next few days he came out of coma and on Sunday was released from the intensive care unit.

Chand made his IPL debut for Daredevils in 2011 but didn't feature regularly over two seasons, having played only four games for them in total. He led India Under-19s to victory in the World Cup last year and featured in four Champions League games in South Africa later in the year. He was in good form in the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, smashing back to back centuries for his state team, Delhi. In the Ranji Trophy, he hit 445 runs in eight matches with a century and three fifties.

"I have played well in Ranji matches this season. I hope I will be able to retain the form I displayed in Ranji matches," he said. "I would like to take the confidence and momentum from the couple of hundreds that I scored in [the T20s] in Indore last week. I hope I am able to replicate that in IPL."

While the IPL may not match up to playing for India, it still required players to perform at their best, Chand said: "Even though you are not playing for your country, you have to raise your game to international standards. Being able to play with some of the big names and with everyone watching you, it sure is a big platform."

Chand opened the batting for Delhi in the domestic T20 games, but isn't sure where he will fit in for Daredevils. "The team management had not told me anything so far. I will bat in whatever position the team management asks me to."

Daredevils play their first game on April 3 against Kolkata Knight Riders - the tournament's curtain-raiser.

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  • Naresh on April 2, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    CHAND is a GEM of a player. I hope he goes on and plays to his potential for India. His introduction to the India side has been gradual, in a way this is good. I see him playing in the next WC for India in ODI's. He is a player who has already proved that playing on foreign pitches can be taken into his stride. All the best to our new HERO. He made india proud in the U19 WC.

  • ramachandra on April 2, 2013, 5:36 GMT


    Virat Kohli - the best batsman at the moment? Chand - will be the next moment?

    Ahh..I realize IPL time has arrived.

  • Raj on April 2, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Unmukt has already been signed by Pepsi and not only Ian Chappell but many present and former greats have spoken highly of him...Hope he makes it Big like Kohli. Virat was also drafted in to the IPL after winning the U-19 world cup and he immediately clicked and is the best batsman in the world at the moment. Now it is Unmukts chance. ALso Sunrisers have signed Dekock who is being also spoken of highly..It will be interesting to see these two top U-19 batsmen in the IPL.

  • murali on April 1, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @ cricketsunami don't even consider Ian chapel views every body knows what he said about ishant sharma,rohit sharma. If he likes any body he praises them as future superstars. But this fellow looks good but needed to score in ranji level first

  • uncle bob on April 1, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Yeah I read Ian Chappel's interview. He said if Chand was in Australia nd Cahppel a selector Chand would have already playing in tests. Keep it up chand. You are future of Indian batting.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Chand is a top class batsman. Ian Chapell rates him very highly. He will be the best player after Virat Kohli to come up the ranks through U-19

  • uncle bob on April 1, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    DD should play Chand as an opener. He is a big six hitter and will be handful for opposing bowlers.

  • anand on April 1, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    I think that he is the best batsman produced by U-19 cricket till now.His ability to stay on wicket and hit sixes to make the scoreboard ticking at a brisk rate makes him perfect for limited-overs cricket. Few days ago he made back to back hundred in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and proved that he can also bat well in this format.Hope he cements his place as early as possible in ODI side.Best of luck to him My DD line up : Sehwag,Warner,jayawardena,Chand,Botha,Jadhav,Juneja,Pathan,Morkel,Yadav,Kaul/Nadeem

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