New Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on Tuesday offered a job to Unmukt Chand, star captain of Under-19 world champion cricket team. "We have today felicitated the star cricketer and have decided to make a job offer," ONGC chairman and managing director Sudhir Vasudeva said in New Delhi.
ONGC has traditionally offered jobs to Indian cricketers. Batsman Virendra Sehwag, pacer Ashish Nehra and U-19 world cup winning captain Mohammad Kaif were on its rolls previously.
Currently, explosive batsman Virat Kohli and stylish left-hander batsman Gautam Gambhir are employees of ONGC. Other cricketers on ONGC rolls are Charanjit Singh, Gagan Khoda, Amit Bhandari, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.
Vasudeva said Unmukt was already under scholarship with ONGC and the company felicitated him on Tuesday with a purse of Rs 3 lakh.
Kamal Passi, another star contributor in India's Under-19 triumph, was also felicitated with Rs 2 lakh, in absentia. Passi is also under scholarship with ONGC.
Thanking ONGC for the support extended to him for the last one year, Unmukt Chand said that three things helped the Indian Under-19 team to become the champions – self-belief, communications among the team members and controlled aggression.
"I welcome Unmukt in the ONGC family... ONGC will be always there behind all his endeavours," Vasudeva added.