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Jaydev Unadkat disappointed over selection snub

May 24, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Jaydev Unadkat finished as the highest wicket-taker in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy with 67 wickets from 10 matches. However, despite his brilliant performance in the domestic circuit, he was not included in the squad for the upcoming series. Hence, he doesn't feature in the Indian team for the ICC WTC final and the Test series against England that is to be held later this year.

The left-arm pacer stated that he was hopeful for his selection in India's 20-member team for the forthcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton and the five-match Test series against England. Unadkat also highlighted that he is currently at the peak of his form and deserved a chance to be in India's squads for Australian and England tours.

No first-class cricket in the 2020-21 season might have affected my chances: Jaydev Unadkat

Injuries marred the Indian cricket team during their four-match Test series in Australia. India's regular Test players Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah all picked up injuries at different stages. Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, and Mohammed Siraj got their chances in playing XI. On the other hand, Unadkat, the star performer of India's premier first-class tournament, was kept waiting. To this, the pacer responded that because of no first-class cricket in the 2020-21 season, it might have affected his chances in the squad.

Jaydev Unadkat feels disappointed at not getting a chance even after proving his worth in the domestic circuit. The pacer accepts that his helpless structure for the RR in IPL 2020 hampered his chances for the Australia Tour. In the seven IPL matches that he played for RR in 2020, Unadkat managed to pick up only four wickets. He also went for around ten runs in an over, with the side ending on the eighth spot.

For the England tour, team India has picked an amateur left-arm pacer Arzan Nagwaswalla as one of the backup players. Talking about Jaydev Unadkat, he is among the best bowlers in the Indian domestic circuit. The 29-year-old has 327 wickets from 89 top-of-the-line matches at 23.21. Unadkat has been brilliant with the white ball during the T20s. In that, he has scalped 182 wickets from 150 games. In the four games he played for RR in the IPL 2021 last month, the pacer picked up a three-for against Delhi Capitals, which also won him the Match award.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh