[caption id="attachment_694679" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/jaydev-unadkat.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-694679" alt="Jaydev Unadkat fetched a massive INR 11.5 crore from Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2018 AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/jaydev-unadkat.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Jaydev Unadkat fetched a massive INR 11.5 crore from Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2018 AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>He isn't well known on the international stage, but fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jaydev-unadkat" target="_blank">Jaydev Unadkat</a> has been thrust into the cricketing limelight after being handed a bumper payday by the Indian Premier League (IPL). <p></p> <p></p>Heads turned when the Rajasthan Royals paid $1.8 million dollars for the left-arm seamer, making him the most expensive Indian player at this year's IPL auction. <p></p> <p></p>Even Unadkat said he was surprised at the price tag, which will earn him more than US $100,000 per game when the competition starts next month. <p></p> <p></p>The 26-year-old was second only to England all-rounder Ben Stokes at the auction, despite a stop-start international career so far. <p></p> <p></p>Since his international debut in 2010, Unadkat has played one Test, seven ODIs and 10 Twenty20s for India, and had a mixed outing at last week's tri-series in Sri Lanka. <p></p> <p></p>However, hopes are high that the "Prince of Porbandar" -- nicknamed after his home city in Gujarat could be about to become a fixture in India's T20 team. <p></p> <p></p>"He is a very promising bowler and will only get better with the more matches he plays. I like him," former India captain Sunil Gavaskar told AFP in Sri Lanka. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/nidahas-trophy-2018-variations-most-important-for-a-bowler-in-t20s-says-jaydev-unadkat-691786"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p>Unadkat was just 19 when he made his one and, so far, only Test appearance against South Africa at Centurion in 2010. <p></p> <p></p>It was a debut to forget, however. He failed to take a wicket in 26 overs, gave away 101 runs, and was promptly dropped. <p></p> <p></p>Unadkat then spent three years in the international wilderness before playing all seven of his one-day international appearances so far in 2013. <p></p> <p></p>He missed much of the following two years through injury, and it wasn't until June 2016 that he made his T20 debut for India. <p></p> <p></p>But his limited-overs international career received a shot in the arm late last year when he shone in a series against Sri Lanka. <p></p> <p></p><b>Next Level</b> <p></p> <p></p>Unadkat finished with four wickets in three matches at an economy rate of 4.88, the lowest on either side. <p></p> <p></p>"He takes his cricket to the next level when he has to. He has got a few gears and I like now the change up in his action as well," former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee told AFP in Colombo. <p></p> <p></p>"And that's what you need to find in T20 cricket, it's not all about running in and bowling flat out in T20." <p></p> <p></p>"You still need that skill set yorkers, slow bouncers and that type of things," added the cricketer-turned-commentator who was part of the same Kolkata Knight Riders squad as Unadkat in 2011. <p></p> <p></p>Unadkat picked up seven wickets in four games as India lifted the tri-series trophy in Sri Lanka after edging out Bangladesh in a thrilling final on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>They came at a cost though, with Unadkat giving away close to 10 runs an over. But India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma insisted the bowler would be a key part of future Indian T20 teams. <p></p> <p></p>"He's someone we can rely on going forward. He understands his bowling really well," said the batsman. <p></p> <p></p>Breaking into India's formidable Test side will be more difficult though, according to veteran sports journalist Ayaz Memon. <p></p> <p></p>"The fact that he is a left-arm bowler adds that variety to the Indian attack, because all the bowlers are right-arm. Also he is not a rookie and has experience," Memon told AFP. <p></p> <p></p>"However, there is a clamour for places. He will have to get past (Mohammed) Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and (Jasprit) Bumrah who were so impressive in South Africa (recently)." <p></p> <p></p>Unadkat wasn't the only unheralded Indian player to command a high price at the IPL auction: the Royals spent almost US $1 million on uncapped off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham, and Krunal Pandya went to Mumbai Indians for US$1.38 million. <p></p> <p></p>"If we look at the history of IPL, teams which had a strong core group of Indian players have done well consistently," former India opener Wasim Jaffer wrote in <i>The Times of India</i>.