26-years old Indian Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat is looking forward as he wants to play the next World T20 as well as the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Unadkat believes that the upcoming Nidahas trophy is a great opportunity to prove himself.
Making a Test debut in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has played only Test, 7 ODIs and 6 T20Is. He has very inconsistent career in the Indian squad. While he played the only Test in 2010, made his ODI debut in 2013 and played all his seven ODIs in that year.
After missing out almost two and a half year from the national squad, Unadkat made a comeback once again in June 2016 through the T20I and played only one game. After the almost one year and six months, he made another comeback through the T20I and featured in the last two T20I series where he also claimed a Player of the Match as well as a Player of the Series award.
Unadkat is selected for the upcoming T20I tri-nation series on the Sri Lankan soil, which is also known as Nidahas Trophy that will be played between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. He is expected to be featured in the matches of this series as he is the most experienced international pacer for his team in this series.
Talking about the upcoming tri-series, Unadkat told PTI, “It (the tri-series) is a very good opportunity for me, having played a couple of series now with the Indian team. I am settling down in the team well and I have got the confidence to execute my skills out there at the international level, which I badly needed when I was making this comeback.”
Talking more about this opportunity, Unadkat quoted, “I will definitely think that this is a build up for the big tournaments coming up, not just the World T20, but the limited-overs World Cup as well. As I said, it is about pushing for place in the team, being able to execute skills in the middle now that I have the confidence of the (team) management and the skipper.”
Before this upcoming T20I tri-nation series, Unadkat played the T20I against Sri Lanka in December last year. In the third and final T20I of that series, Unadkat won the Player of the Match as well as a Player of the Series award.
Talking about playing against the same team, the Indian left-arm pacer said, “It will be an advantage, for sure, having known their strengths and how they play in situations. Those were T20s and we are again playing T20s. So that will be an advantage for us to plan things for their batsman in the middle and a couple of new guys are coming in and we will be looking to plan for them too.”
Unadkat was included in the recently concluded T20I series against the host South Africa where he played two matches and took total three wickets. Talking about his experience in that series, Unadkat shared, “It (South Africa tour) was a good learning experience. The wickets were different and the boundaries were in fact, a bit smaller than what we are used to playing here in India. Experience wise it was good for me to bowl on those wickets and to those batsmen in their own backyard and the pressure was high of playing South Africa in South Africa.”