Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkat was picked in India’s Test squad for the first Test against Bangladesh after a brilliant domestic performance. The 31-year-old was called up to replace the injured Mohammad Shami but was stuck at home in Rajkot due to visa issues. He missed the opener in the two-match Test series at Chattogram.
Jaydev Unadkat made his Centurion debut during India’s tour of South Africa in 2010. The 31-year-old has been in phenomenal form in the domestic circuit over the past three seasons, picking up 115 wickets in 21 matches, including 67 wickets in Saurashtra’s title-winning season in 2019/20. He led Saurashtra to both the Ranji Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy and played a key role in both winning campaigns.
The BCCI Welcomes Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat has joined the Indian Test team in Bangladesh. The left-arm seamer returned to the Indian red-ball line-up after a long wait of 12 years. He was selected for the squad, but his visa did not arrive on time, delaying his journey.
The Board of Control for Cricket confirmed it on Twitter, tweeting, “Hey @JUnadkat, welcome back to #TeamIndia!”
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 15, 2022
The 31-year-old left-arm bowler has played seven ODIs and ten T20Is since his debut in South Africa in 2010. However, he was never considered for the five-day game. He has earned a recall with the injuries to Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Prasidh Krishna. If Unadkat gets the chance to play in the second Test match in Bangladesh, he will break Parthiv Patel’s record for the longest period between two Tests by an Indian cricketer.