IND vs AUS: ‘Jaydev Unadkat’s Test Career Over’.  Jaydev Unadkat had to travel for twelve years before he could play his second Test for India. Unadkat has ended the long wait with a successful return to the Test team in Bangladesh, and he is keen to focus on factors in his control, such as the upcoming Ranji Trophy matches for Saurashtra.

Unadkat made his Test debut in South Africa in 2010 under MS Dhoni’s direction. He consistently played well in the Ranji Trophy, but he was never again given the chance to represent India in white. Unadkat even broke the record for most wickets in a season in the 2019–20 Ranji season when he took 67, but an India ticket never materialized.

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Jaydev Unadkat Looking Forward To Next Round Of Ranji Trophy Matches

A 31-year-old Saurashtra pacer named Jaydev Unadkat was brought in earlier this month as an injury replacement for a 2-Test series in Bangladesh, and his perseverance paid off. Unadkat was unable to make his first scheduled entry into Bangladesh because of visa issues. Kuldeep Yadav, who had a 5-wicket haul in the first Test and an overall total of 8 wickets, was replaced when he did.

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Unadkat was under pressure, but he managed to focus on the task at hand by drawing on his years of dedication to Indian pitches.

He grabbed two wickets in the first innings of the Mirpur Test and a third in the second. Unadkat made use of his height and physical disparities to cast a threatening aura with each spell.

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Jaydev Unadkat (PC-Shailesh Bhatnagar)

Unadkat would struggle to maintain his place in the starting lineup if players like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami re-join the team for the four-test series against Australia in February and March. The seasoned politician claimed he is not planning too far ahead.

“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,” Unadkat told the news agency PTI.  

“I hope India dominate Australia. It is going to be a great series,” he said. 

Unadkat went on to remark that he is ready to maximize what he views as his zenith.

“I was pretty young when I made my debut. 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.” 

Always Believed That I Would Get Another Chance: Jaydev Unadkat

Unadkat said he believed he would be able to return, giving insight into his thought process over the twelve years he was missing from the scene.

From 2016 to 2021, India’s speed bowling underwent a revolution as players like Bumrah, Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma beat batsmen all over the world. India went on to establish itself as one of the top visiting Test teams because of an impressive pace-bowling attack led by Bharat Arun and Ravi Shastri.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat. Image Credits: Twitter

The Indian pace-bowling movement, according to Jaydev Unadkat, had an impact on him.

“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,” Unadkat said.  

“Leading Saurashtra has helped me focus on my game and not be distracted by anything else. It has helped me see the future. Captaining Saurashtra, I am not just caring for my own performance but also for others and team goals. That kept me going,” he added. 

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