Unadkat’s emotional post after India snub

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat poured his heart out on Saturday over being snubbed from the Indian cricket team selectors.

He did not find a place even in the reserves for the UK tour nor was he picked for a second-string India squad for the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka next month. This, after 29-year-old had taken a record breaking 67 wickets in the 2020 Ranji Trophy season, leading Saurashtra to their maiden triumph.

“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,” wrote Jaydev on Twitter.

“And above everything else, that never say die attitude that I saw in them and nurtured inside myself, stayed with me! When I was young, some labelled me as a raw, erratic bowler, an over-dreaming bloke coming from a small town.

“Slowly, their perception changed. and that’s cos I changed. I matured. the highs, the lows, the enormous joy, the extreme disappointment! Oh, what would I have been without sport.

“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 I have I done wrong. I have got my chances in the past & I will still get them. It will be when it will be! ” he elaborated.

“At this point in my career, with all the useful experience that I’ve fortunately gathered, I’m only going to appreciate what comes my way and keep fighting till the very end. (and that’s not gonna be soon, sure!).

“Maybe that could be taken as being soft, but then, I’ll keep the ruthlessness and aggression for when I’m out there on the field.

“I am super grateful for your good wishes & support. Time to focus on my next game. and work even harder. Until then, social media detox mode on,” he signed off.

Unadkat, who made his India debut in 2010, has played one Test, seven ODIs and 10 T20s and last played for India in 2018.

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