Jaydev Unadkat – An interesting find
So far, IPL 2013 has appeared to be a little more of a bowler’s game rather than a batsman’s. Most of the games have been low-scoring thrillers rather than than the high-scoring run-fests. Amongst this, many bowlers have come to light. Jaydev Unadkat is one such bowler. Even though Indian players are expected to go for high prices, RCB picked up Unadkat at a surprisingly high $525,000, which was higher than the salaries of RP Singh and Ravi Rampaul, two of RCB’s other fast-bowling buys, who have far better stats than Unadkat. Even more eyebrows were raised when the young lad was picked in RCB’s first playing XI ahead of RP. He was trusted with an enormous responsibility when captain Virat Kohli tossed him the ball first up with the deadly duo of Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar at the crease (for the first time ever), and only 156 to defend on the high-scoring track of M.Chinnaswami. However, the young man proved his worth as he gave just 9 in his first 2, scored a brilliant throw that ran out Tendulkar, and bowled a crucial 7-run 19th over despite a rampaging Dinesh Karthik at the crease and just 17 needed in 12. He finished with 4-0-24-0, when even Muttiah Muralitharan went for 30 in his 4. RCB went on to win the game by 2 runs. Unadkat gave 24 in 4 again, but this time with the wickets of the clinical Kumar Sangakkara and the devastating Thisara Perera. Unfortunately, RCB lost that game in the super over. After that game, RP Singh was brought in and hence – even though he was in the playing XI – Unadkat was not needed as a spearhead. He continued to be economic though, with the odd wicket. The interesting thing about Unadkat is that he never went too expensive, with his worst economy rate for a match being 8.50 against (ironically) his old team, KKR. Even though Vinay Kumar and RP Singh – two of RCB’s best pacers on paper – had some bad days, the left arm seamer has kept things tidy, and taken wickets whenever he could. Only Sreenath Aravind’s dreamlike show was a better show, but Aravind was taken apart in CLT20 2011 and went for 48 in 3 overs in his one IPL game in 2012. After Harshal Patel, Prasanth Parameshwaran, Raju Bhatkal and Abhimanyu Mithun were all tried and rejected, Unadkat has been something of a revelation to RCB, who have struggled to find an economic 5th bowler. Unadkat appears to be in good touch now, and will definitely be someone the Indian selectors want to consider.