Chand played for India Under-19 and India A many years ago. He was also with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
He captained the Silicon Valley Strikers in the first ever Minor League Cricket Championship in the United States of America earlier this year. Now, he has the opportunity to impress with the Renegades in the BBL.
The Renegades have gone relatively low key with their overseas signings, with Chand partnered by Afghanistan spinners Mohammad Nabi and Zahir Khan and England seamer Reece Topley.
Among the local batsman, Chand will be batting alongside Sam Harper, Jake Fraser-McGurk, MacKenzie Harvey, Will Sutherland and Jonathan Merlo. Australian internationals Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh are also there.
Betway have priced Chand at 4.75 to be the top Melbourne Renegades batsman for the 2021-22 Big Bash. These are longer odds than the 3.5 and 3.8 for Harper and Finch, respectively.
Chand is shorter odds than Nic Maddinson and Harvey in the same market. Maddinson is priced at 6.5 and Harvey 8.0 by the same BBL betting site.
With more than 1500 in 70-plus T20 professional appearances and that recent Minor League Cricket Championship experience, Chand is a very good pick for top Melbourne Renegades batsman this season.
It's worth noting Maddison and Marcus Harris' time with the Renegades will be limited. Maddinson is involved with Australia A. Harris will be playing in the Ashes series. This makes Chand an even stronger option.
BBL Betting Tips – Top Melbourne Renegades Batsman Odds
BBL Betting Odds
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BBL Betting Tips – Selected Top Big Bash Batsman Odds
If you want to bet on Chand to score the most runs in the tournament overall, not just for the Renegades, take a look at Betway's top BBL batsman market.
Josh Phillipe, Marcus Stoinis and D'Arcy Short are among the favourites, while overseas stars Alex Hales, New Zealand's Colin Munro and others are also listed.
It will take a lot for Chand to outscore these big names, but his long odds of 34.0 are well worth a bet, especially when you see who else is is in the top BBL batsman market.
BBL Betting Odds
Josh Phillipe (Sydney Sixers)
Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars)
D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes)
Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder)
Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
James Vince (Sydney Sixers)
Matthew Wade (Hobart Hurricanes)
Unmukt Chand (Melbourne Renegades)
Cameron Bancroft (Perth Scorchers)
Laurie Evans (Perth Scorchers)
BBL Betting Tips – Outright Winner Odds
The arrival of Chand should boost the Melbourne Renegades' chance of winning the 2021-22 BBL. They won the title in 2018-19, but came stone last in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
10CRIC have the Renegades offered at 13.0 to win the final this season. The Adelaide Strikers are also at long odds of 12.0 to do the same.
The Sydney Sixers are the favourites. They are chasing a third successive Big Bash League title and fourth overall. The Perth Scorchers are also pursuing a fourth BBL title.
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