Jaydev Unadkat came up with a Player of the Match performance after a long time for his franchise, Rajasthan Royals (RR), in the 7th match of the IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals (DC), as he picked 3 wickets in his team’s 3-wicket victory, their first in this edition.
Saurashtra and Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been constantly backed by the franchise despite his poor performances in the last three Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons despite being paid a handsome sum in the auction every time.
This time, RR took a chance by including in the team in place of a spinner in Shreyas Gopal and Unadkat repaid the trust shown by his franchise. As Delhi Capitals batted first after Sanju Samson won the toss and chose to field, Unadkat ran through their middle order with figures of 3/15 in 4 overs.
His victims were Prithvi Shaw for 2, Shikhar Dhawan for 9, and Ajinkya Rahane for 8 runs, as DC was left reeling 36/3 in 6 overs. Unadkat helped his team gain an early advantage with his performance with the new ball and earned the Player of the Match award for his bowling.
Was Kind Of A Homecoming For Me: Jaydev Unadkat After Winning Player Of The Match
Unadkat’s bowling performance kept DC to 147/8 in 20 overs despite Rishabh Pant’s 52 runs which had 9 fours in it. Lalit Yadav (20) and Tom Curran (21) also contributed to the DC total.
“Have a lot of experience now I can say of handling tough situations. Was kind of a homecoming for me. Was bowling with the kind of freedom I wanted with the new ball. Couldn’t do that last season. Had to step up this time. Didn’t get the first game so I knew the chances when they come, I have to take them. If you see the stats I think I only bowled about four-five change of pace. It was about hitting the hard lengths, hitting good lengths because it was doing a bit. Feel there was a bit of moisture. Made good use of it.
Changes you as a person in whole (marriage). Feel more settled, more calmer. Nothing like coming to the ground hugging your wife and then sitting beside guys believing in you,” Unadkat said.
RR was also reduced to 42/5 as their top four batters failed to cross the 10-run mark. But David Miller’s 62 and Chris Morris’s 36* in 18 balls with four sixes, were enough for RR to win the match by 3 wickets and get on the IPL 2021 points table.