Jaydev Unadkat-led Saurashtra defeated Bengal by nine wickets at the Eden Gardens on Sunday (February 19) to win their second Ranji Trophy title in three years. This is Saurashtra's second domestic title this season having won the Vijay Hazare Trophy in December.
Unadkat said the win was important to show that this era and decade belongs to Saurashtra. "It was important to win this one to prove the dominance and to show everyone that this era, this decade belongs to Saurashtra," Unadkat said.
"Three trophies in three years proves that we have been doing a lot of things right. We have set a tone, I'm really proud of what this team has achieved.
"It's not just about winning trophies but creating a legacy for our team, which will leave a bigger impact on cricket in the region. Our goal will be to carry forward this legacy for at least 3-4 years till the core of our team is intact."
He added that this victory was dedicated to Cheteshwar Pujara, who played his 100th Test in Delhi against Australia, hitting the winning runs as well. Pujara played three innings for Saurashtra this season scoring 25, 5 and 91.
"As I said before it's a fitting tribute to one of Saurashtra's favourite sons, Chintu [Pujara's nickname]," Unadkat said.
"He played his 100th Test for India against Australia in Delhi, but he was equally eager, wishing us all throughout."
Unadkat, who recently made a return to the Test side for the first time in 12 years against Bangladesh, was part of the test series against Australia, but sought permission to play the final. He has now been named in the One-Day International (ODI) squad against Australia, a series that kickstarts in Mumbai on March 17.
"At the moment, I feel that my body is in a good shape. The ball is coming out nicely off the hand. I'm able to bowl long spells, which is crucial," he said.