Jaydev Unadkat is one of the premium pacers in India’s domestic circuit. The left-arm pacer has donned the national jersey in one of the Tests, seven ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He made his Test debut back in 2010. But since then he is constantly being ignored by the national selectors. Now, Unadkat’s coach has made some shocking revelation in an interview informing Jaydev Unadkat will not play for India again.
The 30-year-old pacer has done what it takes for a bowler to play for Team India. Before the pandemic hit the world, Jaydev Unadkat was performing at his best. He took 67 wickets and helped Saurashtra in winning Ranji Trophy. It was a dream season for the pacer and there were rumors that he will be once again seen donning the national jersey. But that was not the case as Indian selectors offered Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj with the opportunities, who had a decent season with the ball in domestic cricket.
Saurashtra Coach Makes Shocking Revelations Over Jaydev Unadkat’s Constant Omission
In an interview, Saurashtra coach Karsan Ghavri revealed that he had a conversation with one of the selectors after Jaydev Unadkat’s dream Ranji season. The former player asked how is it possible that a bowler with 60 wickets in one season is not being considered for the national side.
He got a reply from the national selector that why they will invest time in a player, who is already moving in his early 30’s. As per him, the management will invest their time in young players, who are moving in their early 20’s and they can serve the nation for around 8 to 10 years.
“I asked a selector during the Ranji Trophy final (2019-20) that if a bowler takes more than 60 wickets and has taken his team into the final of the Ranji Trophy single-handedly, shouldn’t he be at least picked for India A. That selector told me: ‘Kadu Bhai, he won’t be picked for India anymore. His name is not even considered by us when we think of 30-odd players.’ ‘Why not, I asked him.’ ‘Then what’s the point of him picking so many wickets? I was told that ‘he’s already 32-33. Age is spoiling his case. It has put a full stop to his India career,” Ghavri told TOI.
“Why should we invest in an older player? We would rather pick a 21, 22, or a 23-year-old player if he’s good, he can serve India for 8-10-12 years. If we pick Unadkat today, how many years will he serve India for?’ This is what that selector told me,” Ghavri added.
Jaydev Unadkat was recently seen in action for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. Let’s see what the future holds for the left-arm pacer going ahead in the future.