Senior left-arm fast bowler, Jaydev Unadkat returned to the Indian team during the just-concluded Test series against Bangladesh. Notably, he made a comeback to Test cricket after 12 years. Meanwhile, Unadkat has said that he is not bothered about getting selected for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar trophy against Australia in February-March, and is solely focused on doing well in the ongoing Ranji Trophy for his state team Saurashtra.
As per the quotes in India Today, Jaydev Unadkat said, “I don’t want to expect things as that has been helping me honestly. I am looking forward to the next round of Ranji (against Delhi), and that is all I am thinking about. If it has to happen, it will happen. I was pretty young when I made my debut.”
He further added “All these years (at Ranji level) I never felt like a veteran. I am still 31 and at my peak. These four to five years would be the peak of my career and I want to continue as much as I can. I always believed that I would get another chance. I didn’t know how to be honest as the Indian pacers were doing well over the past thee four years. I was getting inspired watching them to be honest.”
Jaydev Unadkat, who replaced Mohammed Shami in the Test squad, could not reach Bangladesh on time due to visa issues and hence failed to be a part of the opening Test. He was given a chance in the second match in Mirpur at the expense of Kuldeep Yadav who had received the Player of the Match award in the first Test in Chattogram.
The lanky fast bowler bowled good lines and lengths and went on to bag three wickets as India successfully completed a 2-0 series victory. Jaydev Unadkat will now be playing his trade for a new IPL team in Lucknow Super Giants, who bought at his base price of INR 50 lakh in the recent auction.