BCCI announced a 20-member India squad for the England tour where Virat Kohli and co. will play a total of six Test matches. One of those Tests will be the final of the ICC World Test Championship, where India will play New Zealand and then India and England face off in a five-Test series.
However, in the 20-men squad, one name was missing out which upset former India pacer Dodda Ganesh, that of Jaydev Unadkat. May expected the experienced left-arm pacer to be included in the squad or as a reserve player given that Indian batsmen will need practice against left-arm pacers from both New Zealand and England.
It’s Perplexing To See Jaydev Unadkat Being Ignored Again And Again: Dodda Ganesh
Jaydev Unadkat had made his Test debut for India way back in 2011 against South Africa in a match where he bowled 26 overs and went wicketless as India suffered an innings defeat. He has played 7 ODIs and 10 T20Is picking a total of 22 wickets in his India career.
In domestic cricket, Unadkat has led Saurashtra to Ranji Trophy glory and has developed into a consistent performer at first-class cricket. He has picked 327 wickets in 89 FC matches with a best of 7/41 at an average of 23.21 and a strike rate of 47.20. During the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy, he broke the record for the most wickets by a fast bowler in a single season, guiding Saurashtra to the title win. Unadkat, 29, took 67 wickets from 10 matches including seven five-wicket hauls at an average of 13.23.
was not happy with the exclusion of Unadkat from the Indian team, as the BCCI selection committee picked Gujarat’s Arzan Nagwaswalla, who is also a left-arm pacer as one of the reserve players to tour the UK.
“What else does @JUnadkat need to do to get into the Indian test squad. It’s perplexing to see him being ignored again and again despite great performances year after year at the FC level #ENGvIND,” Ganesh tweeted.
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) May 7, 2021
India will play New Zealand in the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final from June 18-22.
After this, India will engage in a five-match Test series against England with the matches to be played- 1st Test in Nottingham from August 4, 2nd Test at Lord’s from August 13, 3rd Test at Leeds from August 25, 4th Test at Kennington Oval from September 2 and the 5th Test at Manchester from September 10.