India’s left-arm fast bowler Jaydev Unadtkat has been called into India’s Test squad against Bangladesh. The left arm will replace the injured Mohammed Shami in the team for the BAN vs IND Tests. India will play a two-match Test series in Bangladesh which will be part of the World Test Championship.
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There were reports that Shami will miss the Test series and now Saurashtra’s Unadkat has been called in. Shami has been ruled out due to bowling arm stress. Shami’s replacement Unadkat had last played a Test in 2010. If he gets picked for any of the Test against Bangladesh, Unadkat will set the record for the lengthiest gap between two Tests, which is currently held by Parthiv Patel.
The 31-year-old Unadkat led his domestic team Saurashtra to the Vijay Hazare Trophy win recently and also helped them win the maiden Ranji Trophy title in 2019-2020.
Over the past five years, Unadkat has built up an impressive body of work with Saurashtra, the team he has led to a wave of success in the Indian domestic circuit. He was front and center during their first Ranji Trophy title win in 2019-20, picking up a record-breaking 67 wickets, the most by a bowler in a season. Over the last three Ranji seasons, Unadkat has picked up 115 wickets in 21 matches.
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Unadkat is currently in Rajkot, waiting to complete his visa formalities. He is expected to join the squad in a couple of days. A regular performer in domestic cricket, Unadkat hasn’t played a Test since December 2010. He featured in a lone Test against South Africa in December 2010.