India Test No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara has backed Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadakat to be picked for the Indian aspect after the quick bowler led his aspect to their maiden Ranji Trophy title with a breakthrough efficiency with the ball.
Unadkat picked up 67 wickets this season – probably the most by any pacer in the hisotry of the event – at a mean of 13.23, however extra importantly, bowled match-successful spells in each the semi-last and last of the Ranji Trophy.
He took seven wickets in opposition to Gujarat and, on Friday, dismissed a effectively-set Anustup Majumdar earlier than effecting a run out in the identical over to tilt the sport decisively in his group’s favour.
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Pujara mentioned he would surprised if Unadkat doesn’t get a nationwide name-up. “Jaydev was modest that he would not be thinking about the Indian call but I will be surprised if he is not picked in the Indian team,” mentioned the Test specialist who too made a vital contribution in the ultimate regardless of being unwell.
“Jaydev has bowled exceptionally well throughout the season. If someone takes 67 wickets in a season, I don’t think there is anyone who can perform better in the Ranji Trophy. There has to be lot of importance to Ranji Trophy performance to get picked for the Indian team,” Pujara mentioned.
Unadkat, who fell one wanting the file of 68 wickets in a Ranji Trophy season, mentioned he his starvation is greater than ever.
“I still have that hunger to make a comeback. The hunger has never been stronger than this and that actually kept me going throughout the season,” mentioned Unadkat after captaining Saurashtra to their maiden trophy.
“To be trustworthy, it was difficult bodily surviving the season. Bowling these lengthy spells as a quick bowler in virtually each recreation.
“I simply need to hold this part going. I don’t need to finish it right here. Yes, we’ve got gained the trophy and I’m the happiest captain in the world proper now If I can say that.” The 28-year-previous final performed for India in 2018, a T20I in opposition to Bangladesh, and he performed his solely Test in 2010 and final of his seven ODIs in 2013.
(With PTI inputs)