Sanjay Manjrekar said that it is hard to see Jaydev Unadkat being included as just a net bowler considering he has played for India and is an experienced bowler in first class cricket.
Manjrekar said that Unadkat’s performances in the IPL may have contributed in him not being selected. (PTI Photo)
- Manjrekar said its difficult for him to see Unadkat as a net bowler
- He said that Unadkat’s performances in the IPL may have led to him being overlooked
- Unadkat was the highest wicket taker in the last Ranji Trophy and led Saurashtra to the title
Jaydev Unadkat is unlucky to have missed out on a spot in the Indian team for the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka, according to former batsman and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. Manjrekar said that it is hard to see Unadkat being included as just a net bowler considering he has played for India and is an experienced bowler in first class cricket.
“I wonder whether they would have included Unadkat as a net bowler considering his experience and he’s an India player, a seasoned First-Class bowler. He’s unlucky to miss out. When you look at the seam department, it’s not the strongest because the quality bowlers are playing Test cricket for India,” Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.
Unadkat was in stellar form in the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy, which was the last time India’s premier first class tournament was held with the 2020/21 season cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He was the highest wicket taker in the tournament with 67 scalps at an average of 13.23 and led Saurashtra to the title.
Manjrekar said that Unadkat’s performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) may have played a role in him getting excluded.
“Unadkat would feel hard done by. He’s never been an IPL raging success. I mean, he has been brilliant at the First-Class level. This year though I think there were a couple of performances where he’s shown his class. So yes, there are a few that you would think have missed out. But that’s always the case,” he said.
“When you look at the seam-bowling options, you’ve got a (Chetan) Sakariya, you’ve got someone like a (Hardik) Pandya who can bowl. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and (Navdeep) Saini… maybe Unadkat might have felt he could have got a nod there,” said Manjrekar.
India will be captained by Shikhar Dhawan in their tour of Sri Lanka which starts on July 13. The teams will face each other in three ODIs and as many T20Is.
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