Unmukat Chand does Anil Kumble in Vijay Hazare trophy, scores century with broken jaw

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New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2018 11:09:24 AM

Former U19 India World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand on Monday did what Graeme Smith did back in 2009 against Australia. Chand in a match of Vijay Hazare Trophy scored a century. However, it is not his century that makes the innings special but him reaching the 100-run mark with a broken jaw was something commendable.

Unmukt Chand scored a sublime hundred despite breaking his jaw. (Source: Twitter)

Former U19 India World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand on Monday did what Graeme Smith did back in 2009 against Australia. Chand in a match of Vijay Hazare Trophy scored a century. However, it is not his century that makes the innings special but him reaching the 100-run mark with a broken jaw was something commendable. Becoming an opening batsmen needs a lot of courage and the Delhi lad very well showed the valour against Uttar Pradesh. The 24-year-old right-hand batsman scored a spectacular 116 runs in 125 balls. He hit 12 fours and three sixes as Delhi went on to post 307 for 6 against UP.

However, this is not the first time cricket has witnessed something of this sort. Graeme Smith in 2009, only to secure the most dramatic of draws walked out at No.11, looking to survive 8.2 overs with a broken hand, his own blood recently injected into his right elbow and a desperate Australian attack who were on the brink of winning the Test match. A shirt was borrowed from Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris’ pullover was worn with a hamburger stain on it. He took off the plastic cast that had been protecting the fifth finger on his left hand and a re-modelled glove was put on instead.

There were no painkillers. Morne Morkel laced up Smith’s spikes. He started to pad up when Ntini went out to bat and the target had shrunk to 50 deliveries when he took guard. While Smith was standing in the middle, taking 17 balls over 3, it was easy to tag the act as an inspiration for many.

Even the sight of Anil Kumble emerging from the pavilion, ready to bowl, his face bandaged, in the Antigua Test of 2002, is one of cricket’s most inspiring. Kumble sent down 14 consecutive overs and became the first bowler to dismiss Brian Lara while bowling with a broken jaw.

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