Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat. Image Credits: Twitter

Jaydev Unadkat, Team India’s senior bowler, was handed a shot in the second Test of the series against Bangladesh, ending a long wait for a return to the Test XI. 

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Unadkat last played a Test for India against South Africa in Centurion in 2010; the left-arm bowler returned wicketless from the game, never to be seen again until December 22, 2022, when he was recalled to the XI in place of Kuldeep Yadav in Dhaka.

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Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (PC-Shailesh Bhatnagar)

Jaydev Unadkat Breaks Record For Greatest Gap Between Two Test Appearances

Jaydev Unadkat broke the record for the greatest gap between appearances in a Test match for India when he returned to the Indian Test team after a 12-year absence. Prior to rejoining the squad, Unadkat missed 118 Tests for the national team, surpassing Dinesh Karthik’s record of 87. Unadkat’s overall record is second to England’s Gareth Batty, who missed 142 Tests. 

Unadkat, who plays for Saurashtra in domestic cricket, was awarded for his dependable efforts. With 67 dismissals under his belt in just 16 innings, Unadkat finished as Saurashtra’s best wicket-taker in the 2019–20 Ranji Trophy. Unadkat, who served as the team’s captain, was instrumental in helping Saurashtra win the Ranji Trophy that season.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat  [photo: Sportstar: The Hindu]
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Bangladesh had earlier in the second Test won the toss and chosen to bat against India in Dhaka. At the opening match in Chattogram, the Indian side defeated the hosts by a margin of 188 runs, with significant contributions coming from Kuldeep Yadav (8 wickets), Cheteshwar Pujara (90 and 102* across two innings), and Shubman Gill (110 in the second innings). 

India, which is presently in second place in the World Test Championship, will want to maintain that position by defeating Bangladesh handily at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. 

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credits: BCCI/Twitter)

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