Last Update on: December 10th, 2022 at 11:14 am
The left-arm bowler Jaydev Unadkat has been called up to the India squad for the Test series in Bangladesh.
Unadkat, who recently bowled Saurashtra to the Vijay Hazare Trophy victory, has been selected in place of Mohammed Shami, who has been ruled out of the series owing to bowling arm tension, as reported by Cricbuzz. India will play two Test matches in Bangladesh.
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Jaydev Unadkat was the highest wicket-taker in the just-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy which has had 19 scalps in 10 games.
Unadkat, one of the most successful pacers in Indian domestic cricket, has 353 wickets in 96 matches, including a record-breaking 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season in which he scalped 67 wickets to assist Saurashtra to win their maiden Ranji Trophy title.
Furthermore, there is a line of thought that the veteran pacer has demonstrated a high level of maturity in all formats, and he was on the minds of the outgoing selection committee, which supposedly came near to selecting him for the India team several times. Unadkat, who is based in Rajkot, will join the India squad in Dhaka by Sunday.
Twitter Reacts To Jaydev Unadkat’s Return:
Jaydev Unadkat in First Class cricket since 2018-19:
Overs bowled: 886.4
Returns to the Indian Test squad after a long wait for the Bangladesh tour👏 https://t.co/IhIJeVkTiX
— Lalith Kalidas (@lal__kal) December 10, 2022
Jaydev Unadkat returning to the Indian Test team after 12 long years, a comeback to remember.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 10, 2022
Many congratulations to Jaydev Unadkat for earning a call back to the Indian Test team after 12 long years. He just played 1 Test for India.
Years of hard work in domestic and some healthy performances finally opened the doors for Unadkat!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 10, 2022
Performance of Jaydev Unadkat in last few Ranji seasons :
2018/19: 39 wkts @ 17.1
2019/20: 67 wkts @ 13.2
2021/22: 3 mat, 9 wkts
🔥Overall – 96 matches, 353 wickets, 23.04 avg, 2.94 eco, 46.9 SR and 1732 runs with bat
— Indian Domestic Cricket Forum – IDCF (@IndianIdcf) December 10, 2022
Jaydev Unadkat’s selection for Bangladesh Tests reaffirms the @BCCI policy, conceived by Dravid, of not selecting 30+ players for India ‘A’ tours. If you are that experienced, you will be picked for national team. Developmental sides for rookies.
— Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) December 10, 2022
Jaydev Unadkat inspiration for everyone.
Watched his spell live in duleep Trophy finals at Coimbatore which made me realise how good he was consistently.
Atlast there is the reward for all the hardwork go well Champ.@JUnadkat #CricketTwitter #Cricket #IndianCricketTeam pic.twitter.com/Il6SKAgkNo
— Sujith V (@Sujith1727) December 10, 2022
The Indian team in Bangladesh has been beset by injuries, with several players, including captain Rohit Sharma, joining the list. It is unclear whether the captain has been completely ruled out of the series.
Rohit, who received a ‘blow on his thumb’ during the second ODI in Dhaka on December 7, is expected to be available for the second Test (December 22-26). KL Rahul will captain the team in the first Test (December 14-18).