Jaydev Unadkat scripts unique world record with his comeback for India in 2nd Test vs BAN
Team India is taking on Bangladesh in the second and final test of the series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first. Both teams had a few changes.
However, for India, the one change that they made raised the eyebrows of many fans. The man who won "Man of the Match" in the last game, Kuldeep Yadav, was dropped from the team, and India picked up veteran pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who waited a long time to feature in India's Test XI.
Notably, the 31-year-old played his maiden test for India way back in 2010 in Centurion against South Africa and finished the game without any wickets. After that, he didn't get another opportunity to play for India in the longest format of the game.
And now, he has replaced Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI to feature in only the second test of his career. The pacer made his comeback to the test side after a gap of 12 long years. With this return, he set a new record for India's longest gap between two tests.
During his first and second game, India played a total of 118 test matches. He went past Dinesh Karthik's record of an 87-match gap. Speaking of this unique list, Unadkat has registered the second-highest record. The longest streak belongs to England's star Gareth Batty, who missed 142 tests.
The 31-year-old pacer eared his comeback to the team after consistent performance at the domestic circuit. He took 67 scalps in 16 innings of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20. He also led Saurashtra to the Ranji Trophy title and was the prime reason for winning.
With his return to the team, the pacer also took his maiden test wicket for India in the first session of Day 1. He dismissed Bangladeshi opener Zakir Hasan (15) to give India their first test victory.