Former India wicketkeeper batsman Deep Dasgupta expressed delight for Jaydev Unadkat, lauding the Rajasthan Royals pacer for his match-winning spell against Delhi Capitals in their IPL 2021 match in Mumbai on Thursday.
Speaking to Sports Today, Deep Dasgupta said it’s important that players like Jaydev Unadkat, who put in the hard yards all through the year in the domestic circuit, find success in the IPL.
Jaydev Unadkat was not picked in the Royals’ playing XI for their season-openeer, a 4-run defeat against Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium. However, he returned to the XI, replacing Shreyas Gopal for Thursday’s match. Unadkat made an immediate impact, picking up 3 crucial wickets — Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane – inside the powerplay.
Unadkat used his variations to great effect and finished with figures of 3/15. He chipped in with the bat as well, hitting a 7-ball 11 in Royals’ successful but tense chase of 148 on a tricky pitch in Mumbai.
“Very happy for Unadkat, because I have seen him slog it right through the domestic season, every year. He plays every game for Saurashtra. He is their captain, he is their talisman. I really, really hope he has a good season,” Dasgupta told Sports Today.
“I see him, as compared to some of the others, slog through the domestic season. Every game, in that game, on flat pitches, come and bowl 15, 20, 30 overs. I am so happy that he is successful. I truly, truly hope and pray he has a good season.
“Because you need people like Jaydev Unadkat to be successful in the IPL as they put in so much effort. It’s not just the 2 months of IPL, they put in the hard yards right through the year for their state side for whatever games they are playing, whatever format they are playing,” he added.
Unadkat, who has played a Test, 7 ODIs and 10 T20Is, has not represented India since 2018. However, the 29-year-old pacer has been working hard in the domestic circuit. He led Saurahstra to the Ranji Trophy title in 2019-20 season, picking up a record-breaking tally of 67 wickets in 10 matches.
Unadkat wished for an India Test comeback after the record Ranji Trophy season last year but the left-arm pacer was overlooked.
Speaking after the Royals’ win, Unadkat shed light on what has changed in his bowling in the new IPL season.
“ I think I have a lot of experience now. This was kind of a homecoming for me, I would like to bowl with the freedom I got with the new ball. This time I didn’t get the first game so I knew when the chances came, I’d have to take them,” he said.