Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (AFP Photo)

Jaydev Unadkat feels that despite the intense competition among the fast bowlers to make it to the national setup, his India call-up will definitely come. (ALSO READ: I’m ready for the World Cup – Shami)

While the emergence of multiple fast bowling talents has been a good news for India, the road to an international comeback has become a little difficult for the likes of Jaydev Unadkat despite impressing in domestic setup.

Not losing any hope, the Saurashtra captain his positive that things will turn for the best provided he continues to perform well. (ALSO READ: Focus on Vijay Shankar at India nets)

“To be honest, all the bowlers are doing very well with the chances they are getting,” Unadkat told The Times of India. “If you see, it is the best crop of pace bowlers we have had in the history of Test cricket, so it cannot get better in terms of competition. If I keep on playing the way I am at the moment, I definitely feel the time will come.

“I have been called up when I was doing well in the past and I still feel my time will come. I am going to wait for my time. I am taking it one game at a time. Right now, the focus is to help Saurashtra win every single game,” he added.

There were reports that the 27-year-old left-arm pacer could make his India comeback in the limited-overs series against Australia but that turned out to be mere speculations.

Despite the snub, Unadkat isn’t the one who will approach the selectors as to what exactly he needs to do to draw their attention. “I don’t think that’s the right attitude. There can be a lot of things on their (selectors) mind as well. And there can be a lot of other factors, including what the committee and the team management thinks. I feel it’s not right to ask for explanations. I would much rather keep doing what I am doing and hope that people will notice my efforts. I just want to enjoy every single game I play. I am at the peak of my game, mentally as well which is really important as far as my career is concerned,” he said.

At the last year’s IPL auction, Unadkat turned out to be the costliest Indian player, bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping INR 11.5 crore. Though he accepts there was some hype around that but says he underwhelming performance wasn’t due to the pressure of price tag around his name.

“To be honest, it was a first for me last year. The hype was so much more then than this time around. I still feel it was never about the money that did anything to my game last year. Yes, I did expect a lot at times from myself but it can happen to anyone,” he said.