Karsan Ghavri made a prediction on the Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat. The proud coach who took the side to the maiden Ranji trophy win said that Unadkat deserves another chance to represent India. The left-arm pace spearhead picked up 67 wickets in this season which is the highest wickets taken by a pace bowler in the history of the Ranji tournament.
“I do feel Unadkat should get a national call-up again,” Ghavri said to the Times of India. “He can bring the ball in and also take it away from the batsman. He (Unadkat) is very consistent and can keep bowling in the same area.”
“He has worked on his fitness and can bowl long spells now. He can operate with the new ball and also handle the old one. So you can use him in all situations,” Ghavri further added.
On the other hand, India team have quality pace bowlers not only for the longer format but also in the limited-overs cricket. While they mostly are right-handed, a left-arm pacer like Jaydev Unadkat can also add variety to the Indian pace attack, thinks Ghavri. However, it is tough to accommodate Unadkat in the playing XI as everyone is giving their best.
However, the coach shared a plan as well where he said that the national selectors can keep Jaydev Unadkat in their mind in case they want to rest some players in the current circuit. He can be a handy option as well. The 28-year pacer made his debut in Tests way back in 2010 where he failed to take a wicket but his variation of pace and consistency can speak for him in future.
Meanwhile, the coach said that Unadkat has fire in him which keeps him going and the captaincy helped him grow as a cricketer. He led from the front and helped his side to win the title as well. After a stunning semi-final, he picked up 2 wickets in the final as well. Even his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara also backed his return to the Indian team.
As all the four national selectors watched the Ranji final, it will be interesting to see whether Jaydev Unadkat earn an India recall or his effort goes in vain.