Indian left-arm fast bowler, Jaydev Unadkat made his much-awaited comeback to the longest format of the game in the recently concluded Bangladesh Test series after waiting for a call-up for more than a decade. Following India’s clean sweep in the two-match series, the veteran fast bowler compiled an emotional post on Twitter, sharing the pictures of his India jersey from his debut match and his latest match, signed with the autographs of his teammates.
Jaydev Unadkat was named in the Indian squad as an injury replacement. However, he also managed to make a comeback to the playing XI, ending his wait of 12 years to play a Test match. His last red-ball game for the national team was his debut match against the Proteas, back in 2010.
Although the southpaw pacer did not make the most decorated of comebacks, he managed to grab his maiden Test wicket during the first innings of the second match. The 31-year-old went on to share a picture of his two jerseys, one picture was from his debut game, and the other one from his latest game, showcasing the journey he endured between the two outings.
“To the journey of all those years in between,” his caption read.
To the journey of all those years in between.. 🥂
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) December 27, 2022
Jaydev Unadkat made his debut for Team India in 2010, sharing the dressing room with some of the stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and current Indian head coach Rahul Dravid. Veteran Indian fast bowler, Umesh Yadav and middle-order bulwark Cheteshwar Pujara are the only two players to feature in both of Unadkat’s Test appearances for India so far.
The 31-year-old will be plying his trade for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) as the newly formed franchise bought him for his base price in the recently conducted IPL 2023 auction in Kochi. This was the 11th time that the Indian fast bowler was signed in the auction. His return to the Indian side came on the back of a couple of prolific seasons in the domestic circuit.