Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat has expressed his disappointment after not being included in the Indian team for the upcoming white-ball series against Sri Lanka, starting July 13. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Indian squads for the tour of Sri Lanka. One notable name who missed the selection was Jaydev Unadkat. The highest wicket-taker in the Ranji season, Unadkat was expected to get a call to the Indian squad.
However, as the 29-year-old was snubbed by the selectors, Unadkat took to social media to issue a statement where he wrote he will continue working hard on his game and would not spend time thinking about why he hasn't been selected or when would his chance come. The Rajasthan Royals pacer declared that he won't dwell on why he didn't get the opportunity and will instead take it in his stride and continue onwards in his career.
Check out Jaydev Unadkat's heartfelt note here:
"I found my passion when I was a kid, inspired by watching all the greats of the game play with all their heart on the field. All these years later, I got to experience it myself. And above everything else, that never-say-die attitude that I saw in them and nurtured inside myself stayed with me! This game has given me so much, and not for one moment, am I gonna repent on why not me, or when will my time come and what have I done wrong. I have got my chances in the past & I will still get them. It will be when it will be!," wrote Jaydev Unadkat in his note.
Time to focus more on my game and work even harder: Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat mentioned that he would appreciate whatever limited chances he gets and would keep putting in the hard yards until the 'very end'. He finally thanked his fans for their support, kicking off what he calls a 'social media detox mode' to focus even harder on his career. The Saurashtra captain also thanked his fans and well-wishers for their support as he announced his decision to take a break from social media.
"At this point in my career, with all the useful experience that I've fortunately gathered, I am only going to appreciate what comes my way and keep fighting till the very end (and that's not gonna be soon, sure!). May be that could be taken as being soft, but then, I'll keep the ruthlessness and aggression for when I am out there on the field," the Rajashtan Royals pacer further wrote.
"I am super grateful for your good wishes & support. Time to focus more on my game and work even harder. Until then, social-media detox mode on!" he added.
Jaydev Unadkat’s international career started in 2010
Jaydev Unadkat made his international debut in 2010. He played just one Test match for Team India, which came against South Africa in December 2010. Unadkat has played seven ODIs since then and has picked up eight wickets. His eight wickets came against West Indies during a five-match ODI series in 2013. Unadkat hasn't played an international match for India since 2018. Despite putting up highly consistent performances in the domestic circuit, the 29-year-old has failed to make the cut over the last 3 years.