Jaydev Unadkat ignored again for Test call-up, says Dodda Ganesh. Rajasthan Royals pacer responds

Senior left-arm pacer Jaydev Undakat said he is motivated to win back a Test call-up after being snubbed for the England tour, which includes the World Test Championship final. Unadkat’s comments came after former India pacer Dodda Ganesh questioned the left-arm pacer’s absence in the 20-man squad for the much-anticipated tour.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the World Test Championship final and 5-Test series against England, starting in August. India picked up as many as 6 pacers, including Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Additionally, three pacers, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla and Prasidh Krishna, will travel with the squad as standby players.

The likes of Arzan Nagwaswalla and Prasidh Krishna have been rewarded for their consistent performances in the domestic circuit. However, Jaydev Unadkat, who led Saurashtra to Ranji Trophy title, with a record-setting tally of 67 wickets in 2019-20 season was not considered.

Dodda Ganesh said it’s perplexing to see Jaydev Unadkat miss out on India call-ups year after year despite consistent performances at the first-class level.

“What else does @JUnadkat need to do to get into the Indian test squad. It’s perplexing to see him being ignored again and again despite great performances year after year at the FC level,” Ganesh said in a tweet.

Unadkat responded to it, saying: “Your concern motivates me even more! Bring on the next season.”

Notably, Unadkat has picked up 327 wickets in 89 first-class matches at an average of 23.21. He has 20 5-wicket hauls and 5 10-wicket match hauls in the first-class format.

Unadkat, 29, has not played Test cricket since his debut in South Africa in 2010. The left-arm pacer went wicketless after bowling 26 overs and conceding 101 runs.

Notably, the Saurashtra captain represented Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021 before the T20 tournament was suspended due to Covid-19 concerns on May 3. While he did not start for the Royals, Unadkat proved his mettle by picking up 4 wickets in as many matches with fine control and consistency.

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