Meant a lot when Pujara said I am ready for Test cricket: Unadkat

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30 May 2021 | 01:11 PM
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Meant a lot when Pujara said I am ready for Test cricket: Unadkat

The pacer's only Test of his career came in 2010 against South Africa

Fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat played his first and only Test in 2010 when he was just 19. Although he has played many limited-overs matches for India since then, he has not returned to the longest format. However, his Saurashtra teammate Cheteshwar Pujara reckons that the left-arm pacer is ready for Test cricket. The approval from the senior batsman meant a lot to Unadkat.

"Cheteshwar has been a dear friend to me and we've played cricket together for a number of years. But when he said last year that I am ready to play Test cricket, that did mean something to me, because he was obviously the first one to stand and tell me if I was not doing well," Unadkat told Sportskeeda.

"Five-six years ago when I had returned from an injury, he had told me that I had to work on my fitness. He has been honest with me and last season he told me that this is me at my best so those things do mean a lot. A couple of other guys also told me that I deserved to be there and that I would get my chance soon," he added.

Unadkat recently expressed disappointment with the fact that he was not picked for the England tour. The 29-year-old has picked up 22 wickets from 17 limited-overs matches for India so far. He last played for them in the Nidahas Trophy final against Sri Lanka in March 2018. 

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