Jaydev Unadkat was the India's strike bowler during Under-19 World Cup 2010 , which helped him to get his first IPL contract. It was a dream come true for him when he was the surprise inclusion in Indian team of South Africa tour in 2010, but the inexperienced bowler was on African batsman radar. After that he lost his touch and was part of many IPL franchises , but the 2017 IPL season strikes for the left-arm bowler. It changed his career completely, he picked up 24 wickets in just 12 matches.Rajasthan spent a huge amount on Unadkat in 2018 auction by picking him for massive 11.5 Crore.read more
The 29-year-old Rajasthan Royals says he used the break after the IPL 2021 first phase to work on his bowling and spend some quality time with his family in Rajkot.
The Indian cricket board had on Thursday announced a 20-member squad for the tour with Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the captain and vice-captain. Five net bowlers were also picked for the tour.
After not even finding a place even in the reserves for the UK tour, Unadkat was not picked for a second string India squad for the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka next month.
The 29-year-old, whose only Test appearance came in 2010 and last played for India in 2018, had led Saurashtra to their maiden Ranji Trophy title in 2020 with a record-breaking 67 wickets in the season.
The 29-year-old, who has played 18 internationals for India -- one Test, seven ODIs and 10 T20Is -- is a veteran of 89 first-class matches with 327 wickets.
Reacting to Unadkat's absence from the Test set-up, former India pacer Dodda Ganesh said it's 'perplexing' to see the Saurashtra skipper being denied a comeback.
The 29-year-old from Gujarat, who was retained by Rajasthan this year after being bought for Rs 3 crore in the 2020 IPL auction, made the announcement on his social media account.
Luck smiled on Unadkat on Thursday as he removed the powerful and international-level top-order of DC to give RR the advantage.
The selectors have picked the likes of Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Avi Barot, Prerak Mankad and Vishwarajsinh Jadeja as specialist batsmen along with young wicket-keeper batsman Harvik Desai, who has also played for India U-19 side.
Saurashtra are the reigning Ranji Trophy champions.
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Steve Smith was captain of Rising Pune Supergiant when Unadkat had his breakthrough season in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Unadkat's brilliant 2017 season in which he took 24 wickets at an average of 13.41 for the Rising Pune Supergiant led to him being bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 11.5 crore
Unadkat, however, admitted that the competion to find a place in the Indian pace lineup is the strongest presently. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav are part of India's Test lineup in the pace department.
The IPL has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Unadkat said although he is dying to be back on the field, he can't complain keeping the present situation in mind.
Indian pacer Jaydev Unadkat and his family has donated to aid fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Unadkat shared a picture with his fiancée Rinny on Twitter and Instagram with the caption, "6 hours, 2 meals & 1 shared mud cake later."