Vishal Mehra ∙ Sep 8 2022, 7:45 AM

Jaydev Unadkat opens up on bowling on flat pitches in domestic circuit 

image-l7sp5qg7Jaydev Unadkat in action [PC: Twitter]

Being a fast bowler in the Indian subcontinent is not the most fruitful job. More often than not pacemen are greeted with flat and dead pitches, with very rarely one witnessing a friendly track.

A stalwart of the Ranji Trophy, Jaydev Unadkat has opened up on bowling on batter-oriented pitches across the length and breadth of India. Unadkat, who has claimed 224 wickets since 2015-16, is still struggling to find a permanent place in the Indian national side.

Speaking to The New Indian Express, the left-arm pacer opened up about what keeps him going and being relentless in such unfriendly conditions.

"I played all my life on wickets that haven't always been supportive enough for the fast bowler. So now, (I have) to go through the grind. Keeping finding ways to take those wickets is something that I've been doing since the start of my career and that's my biggest motivation,"

​"I get more motivated when I see that the surface is flat, supporting the batters more than the bowlers. Maybe, that's because of the place where I come from."

Leading Saurashtra, the 30-year-old guided his state to their first-ever Ranji Trophy season in 2019-20, after ending runners-up twice in earlier editions. 

image-l7sp83brUnadkat in Ranji Trophy [PC: Twitter]

The Rajkot-born played his only Test for India in 2010, aged 19, which came rather prematurely. Overall, in 92 First-Class and 106 List-A games, the lanky bowler has 336 and 149 wickets, respectively.

Unadkat will be seen in action in the Duleep Trophy 2022 quarterfinals clash between West Zone and North East Zone in Chennai, commencing today.

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