Jaydev Unadkat won the player of the match award against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. The Rajasthan Royals pacer scalped three crucial wickets in his four overs spell. He dismissed Delhi Capitals’ top-order in the first three overs he bowled in the match. During the post-match presentation, Unadkat revealed his plan to dismiss Prithvi Shaw.
Along with Prithvi Shaw (2), the left-arm pacer Unadkat also dismissed Shikhar Dhawan (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (8). Unadkat dismissed all the three top-order batsmen of Delhi Capitals for single-digit score and sent them off the field within the first six powerful overs. After Unadkat’s one wicket each in the first three overs he bowled, Delhi Capitals suffered a big blow with 36-3 on the scoreboard in 5.5 overs.
We Had A Couple Of Plans In Place For Prithvi Shaw: Jaydev Unadkat
During the post-match presentation, Unadkat revealed how the team used field placements as a plan against Prithvi Shaw.
“Field placements are something which we talk about a lot in our bowler meetings as well. We had a couple of plans in place for Prithvi (Shaw). He played really well last game, and he tries to hit it down the ground a lot. And if we have protection down there, the batsman will obviously try and do something new, be it Prithvi or anyone else.
“If the ball is doing something, then you will go out of your way and try to play a shot. That is what Prithvi eventually did. Lucky to get his wicket in that over itself,” Jaydev Unadkat said.
Jaydev Unadkat also mentioned that it was kind of homecoming for him and he likes to bowl with freedom. He also said that he made use of moisture in the match.
“I think I have a lot of experience now. This was kind of a homecoming for me. I would like to bowl with the freedom I got with the new ball, something I couldn’t do last season. This time, I didn’t get the first game; so I knew when the chances came, I’d have to take them. Worked out really well today.
“If you see the stats, I think I only bowled about 4 or 5 change-of-pace deliveries. It was the wickets I got. That’s why it seemed like I bowled more, but it was about hitting the hard lengths today. There was moisture, and I made use of it today,” Jaydev Unadkat further said.
Jaydev Unadkat was not part of the playing 11 of Rajasthan Royals in their first game against Punjab Kings. However, he truly justified his selection in the second game with his crucial 3-wicket haul. Jaydev Unadkat also gave only 15 runs in his 4 overs, showcasing a brilliant economy of just 3.8 in the match. Delhi Capitals were restricted to just 147-8 batting first.
Later, Rajasthan Royals managed to win the match by 3 wickets with stupendous quickfire knocks by David Miller (62 0ff 43 balls) and Chris Morris (36 off 18 balls).