U-19 World cup winning team captain has to choose between Sports and Studies
Unmukt Chand who played a crucial knock of 111 not out in the tense final against Australia last Sunday to lead India Under-19 team to World Cup glory has to now fight a legal battle for continuing his studies. Unmukt studying BA in St. Stephens College was detained from writing his first year examinations due to attendance shortage. According to University rules students from sports quota must have a minimum of 33.3% attendance which Unmukt didn’t have.
College principal said no relaxation can be made for the 19-year-old, who is impressive in academics as well, scoring 74 per cent marks in 12th standard exams.
Valson Thampu, the principal of St Stephen’s College said, “He could’ve gone to the teachers and spoken to them and asked what did you teach and then have taken his exams on them. If students do that, then I will stand up for them.”
“I did not know that it will become such a big issue before I reached Delhi but definitely things are expected to be sorted out,” Unmukt said.
Many Cricketers and sportsperson have come forward to support Unmukt in his case including Dhoni
“Marks for sports takes back seat attendance for now takes centrestage. This shows how much importance sports has in INDIA. Sad to hear,” Dhoni wrote on his Twitter page.
Former Indian cricketer and alumni of St Stephens College Kirti Azad said it was unfair to punish a player who was representing the country.”When I was representing my country, I used to get special attention for all of that. Unmukt has won the World Cup for us. He is a good young man, he has secured good marks. Penalising him is really unfair on the part of the college,” Azad said.