Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Pic Credits: Twitter.

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Ravichandran Ashwin, an Indian spinner, believes that left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat’s incredible recovery during India’s recent Test series triumph over Bangladesh showed that local performance should not be disregarded.

Left-arm bowler Unadkat played his first and only Test as a teammate of current head coach Rahul Dravid in 2010, and he had since disappeared off selectors’ radar.

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Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credits: Twitter)

The 31-year-old, on the other hand, made his first appearance in a Test match in 12 years during India’s three-wicket triumph against Bangladesh at Mirpur.

“I told him you can hold this trophy because you lifted the other trophy (the Ranji trophy) as he posed with it. You have earned everything you have done for Saurashtra cricket,”  Ravichandran Ashwin said on his Tamil YouTube Channel in a segment called ‘Kutty Story’.

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The captain was once again instrumental in Saurashtra’s victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-dayers this season, opening the path for a Test comeback, after leading his team to the Ranji Trophy championship with 67 wickets in 2020.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (PC-Twitter)

“He bowled like an experienced pro and it is not easy. Everyone will have white ball memory and how well he didn’t bowl for Rajasthan and so on. But go and see his red ball numbers,”  Ravichandran Ashwin said.

” He has been a torchbearer of Saurashtra cricket”: Ravichandran Ashwin

Veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised Jaydev Unadkat for making a stunning comeback in Test cricket and referred to him as the Saurashtra cricket’s standard-bearer.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat. Image Credits: Twitter

“He has been a torchbearer of Saurashtra cricket. If Saurashtra is a powerhouse in domestic cricket, it is because of Jaydev. He was not out in the first innings and second innings I had a feeling he would be not out and hit winning runs.”

Unadkat claimed three wickets in the Mirpur Test.

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