There have been many cricketers who have left no stone unturned in performing consistently in domestic cricket before bursting onto the stage at the international level and staying there due to consistency. However, they have also needed to wait patiently in line and keep on proving themselves by toiling hard for years before finally reaping the fruits of hard work.
Jaydev Unadkat is one such example and finally, he gets a chance to be in India’s Test squad against Bangladesh starting Wednesday, December 14. The southpaw faster bowler has replaced Mohammed Shami who injured his bowling arm while training and has been ruled out.
Meanwhile, Unadkat’s joy knew no bounds after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officially confirmed his name for the Indian Test squad he took to Twitter and came up with an emotional post thanking everyone who kept believing in him and supporting him.
“Okay, looks like its real! This one’s for all those who have kept believing & supporting me.. I am grateful #267,” Unadkat tweeted.
Okay, looks like its real!
This one’s for all those who have kept believing & supporting me..
I am grateful 🤍
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) December 11, 2022
After 12 long years, Jaydev Undakat finally got the chance to don the Indian jersey and he would be looking forward to treasuring every bit of these priceless moments by making the ball do the talking. The Gujarat cricketer made his only Test appearance during the 2010/11 tour of South Africa and made his debut in the Centurion Test match.
Jaydev Unadkat went wicketless in his debut game and conceded 101 runs. However, he has come a long way and is one of the most accomplished bowlers in Indian domestic cricket.
His best phase happened to be during the 2019/20 season of the Ranji Trophy where he not only led Saurashtra to a title but also registered 67 scalps to his name which is the second most for a bowler in a single edition of the prestigious tournament. After a 1-2 defeat in the ODI series, the Indian team would be looking to make amends by coming out on top in the two-match Test series.