Indian fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat has shed light on his inspirations growing up as a fast bowler. The 29-year-old is currently along with Rajasthan Royals (RR), preparing for the 2nd leg of IPL 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Unadkat is also associated with the Saurashtra team in his domestic circuit and he led his State side to a Ranji Trophy title in the 2019-20 season, being the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, smashing a plethora of records.
I Grew Up Idolizing Household Names: Jaydev Unadkat
Speaking exclusively to Cricketaddictor, “It all began very early in my career. I started loving the game when I was 5-6 years old and then my Dad took me to the school where I started learning cricket professionally.”
My idols weren’t really the fast bowlers because to be honest, it was the guys who were actually household names when we were all growing up like Sachin, Sourav, Rahul. There wasn’t any one particular idol, but I loved watching Wasim Akram, or Allan Donald, or Zaheer Khan as well.”
Unadkat’s Career Trajectory Over The Years
Jaydev Unadkat played his only Test match for team India against South Africa in 2010 and after returning wicketless in the maiden outing, he did not get a chance to feature in another Test match for team India. He has also represented the Men in Blue in 7 One-Day Internationals, claiming 8 wickets in the process.
Unadkat has been associated with the Rajasthan Royals franchise since IPL 2018. He was bought by the franchise at a price of Rs. 11.5 Crores. He is only the second bowler from Saurashtra to clinch 200 wickets for the side.
He has also represented India in 10 T20I matches claiming 14 wickets for the Men in Blue. Rajasthan Royals were on the 5th spot in the IPL 2021 points table when IPL 2021 came to a standstill earlier this year. In the 7 games played this season so far, Rajasthan Royals won 3 matches and lost 4 games.