Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkat has announced that he is taking a break from social media to “focus more on my game and work even harder” after being ignored by the India selectors once again despite outstanding domestic returns.
Jaydev Unadkat, who has played a solitary Test in 2010 versus South Africa in Centurion, would have expected a recall to the national setup after bagging 67 wickets in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season and led Saurashtra to the title. However, he was snubbed from both the Test tour to England and the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka.
Going to keep fighting till the very end: Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat had featured 7 ODIs taking 8 wickets, and 10 T20Is for 14 wickets before being put aside completely. In fact, his Rajasthan Royals and Saurashtra teammate Chetan Sakariya, who was impressive in his debut IPL season this year, has been selected for the Sri Lanka tour.
The 29-year-old has decided to take a break from the online world of social media. He penned down a heartfelt message for his fans thanking them for their constant support. In the post, the left-hand pacer, however, isn’t going to “repent on why not me, or when will my time come and what have I done wrong”. Instead, he reckons, he would just put more effort into his game and will continue to perform to the best of his abilities, till he can.
“I found my passion when I was a kid, inspired by watching all the greats of the game play with all their heart on the field. All these years later, I got to experience it myself. And above everything else, that never-say-die attitude that I saw in them and nurtured inside myself, stayed with me! When I was young, some labelled me as a raw, erratic bowler, an over-dreaming bloke coming from a small town. Slowly, their perception changed. And that’s cos I changed.
“I matured. The highs, the lows, the enormous joy, the extreme disappointment! Oh, what would I have been without this sport. This game has given me so much, and not for one moment, am I gonna repent on why not me, or when will my time come and what have I done wrong. I have got my chances in the past & I will still get them. It will be when it will be!”Jaydev Unadkat wrote in his post.
“At this point in my career, with all the useful experience that I’ve fortunately gathered, I am only going to appreciate what comes my way and keep fighting till the very end (and that’s not gonna be soon, sure!). May be that could be taken as being soft, but then, I’ll keep the ruthlessness and aggression for when I am out there on the field.
“I am super grateful for your good wishes & support. Time to focus more on my game and work even harder. Until then, social-media detox mode on!” the seamer concluded.
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) June 12, 2021