For Indian cricket fans, it was a sad day when acting captain KL Rahul revealed that Kuldeep Yadav will be replaced by Jaydev Unadkat in the starting XI for the second Test against Bangladesh. Kuldeep, who had not played Test cricket in 22 months, picked up 8 wickets in the first Test, posting career-best figures to help India win by a score of 188 runs. Unadkat, on the other hand, despite not participating in a Test match for 12 years, has been one of the most dependable players on the domestic circuit.

The Indian team management made their decision in response to the Day 1 Mirpur pitch’s green hue. They played three seamers and dropped a spinner (Kuldeep). Everyone had nasty things to say about the choice. To help bowl Bangladesh out for 227, Unadkat and Umesh Yadav combined for six wickets in the first innings.

Unadkat returned to Test cricket after a 12-year layoff, bowling with fervour and a menacing demeanour in each of his sessions. But was he under any pressure to replace the previous Test’s Player of the Match, who was fit and ready for selection? No, Unadakat said to PTI.

“When things happen when you least expect them, I don’t panic. I just wanted to contribute. Put pressure on the other end if you are unable to obtain a wicket. That was the idea, he said.

The seasoned left-arm seamer added another wicket in the second innings.

I was given an opportunity by the management because they believed I belonged in the field. You had to hit the length hard to get as much as you could because, as in Rajkot, there wasn’t much pace off the wicket. I developed that extra vigour because I believed that if I continued to do what I was excellent at, something will come my way.

It was hardly shocking when Unadkat said that domestic cricket was the reason for his comeback after more than 10 years. In that sense, playing domestic cricket has been incredibly helpful to me. You may still be a bowler if you aren’t getting wickets since you have work to do. He said, “You can put the batsman under strain and create doubt for him, which other bowlers may exploit.”

“I always believed I’d get another chance. I wasn’t sure how to be honest, given how successful Indian pacers had been over the previous three to four years. I was inspired to be real as I saw them. Being the head of Saurashtra has, in my experience, making it simpler for me to focus on my game. It has allowed me to see into the future. I am in charge of both the team’s goals and everyone else’s performance as Saurashtra’s captain. That kept me inspired, he said.