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Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
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Sanjay Manjrekar Opens Up On Jaydev Unadkat Missing Out On India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour

Sanjay Manjrekar was overall pleased with India’s squad for the Sri Lanka tour, but there is one player the former India batsman reckons was dealt a rough hand by not getting included.

India’s squad for the tour of Sri Lanka was an indication of the BCCI rewarding the consistent performers of those doing well in the IPL. Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakariya, and Ruturaj Gaikwad – three of the uncapped players who earned their maiden India call-up – performed splendidly well in the IPL 2021 before the tournament was halted. Nevertheless, their hard work paid off in the form of an India call-up.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat[photo: Twitter]

Sanjay Manjrekar Wondered Whether Selectors Would Have Included Jaydev Unadkat As A Net Bowler

Sanjay Manjrekar reacted to the 20-member squad announced by the BCCI, and while he was overall pleased with the names that made the list except for Jaydev Unadkat.

“I wonder whether they would have included Unadkat as a net bowler considering his experience and he’s an India player… a seasoned First-Class bowler. He’s unlucky to miss out. When you look at the seam department, it’s not the strongest because the quality bowlers are playing Test cricket for India,” Sanjay Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

Jaydev Unadkat has been in stellar form in the First-class circuit, emerging as the leading wicket-taker of the last season of Ranji Trophy, where he picked up 67 wickets. In IPL 2021-his fourth season with the Rajasthan Royals– he picked 4 scalps in as many matches averaging 28.25.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Jaydev Unadkat’s Never Been An IPL Raging Success As He Has Been Brilliant At The First Class Level

However, Sanjay Manjrekar made an interesting point, explaining how Jaydev Unadkat’s success in the IPL may not have been on par with some of his peers. But the fact that the left-arm pacer was not even included in the squad as a net bowler sends a message, Sanjay Manjrekar believes.

“Unadkat would feel hard done by. He’s never been an IPL raging success. I mean, he has been brilliant at the First-class level. This year though I think there were a couple of performances where he’s shown his class. So yes, there are a few that you would think have missed out. But that’s always the case,” he said.

Jaydev Unadkat | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat. Twitter

“When you look at the seam-bowling options, you’ve got a Sakariya, you’ve got someone like a Pandya who can bowl. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Saini… maybe Unadkat might have felt he could have got a nod there.”

Jaydev Unadkat has been snubbed for India’s upcoming tours as the 29-year-old pacer is too old to be picked for India, according to a BCCI selector. Jaydev Unadkat had done his best job as the left-arm pacer bagged 67 wickets in the 2019-20 season, the most by any bowler in the season.

However, despite his heroics with the ball in the Ranji Trophy, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t picked for the Indian squad for the UK tour comprising of the WTC Final and 5 Tests against hosts England. He might be just 29, but as per a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selector, he is ‘too told’ to be picked for the senior squad.

Having made his international debut in a Test match against South Africa in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has so far represented India in 1 Test, 7 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
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Jaydev Unadkat Is Too Old To Be Picked For India: BCCI Selector

Jaydev Unadkat has been snubbed for India’s upcoming tours as the 29-year-old pacer is too old to be picked for India, according to a BCCI selector.

Jaydev Unadkat has been one of the most consistent bowlers in Ranji Trophy in the last two seasons. He emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the 2019-20 season with 67 wickets under his belt. Despite his good show with the ball in hand, Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t considered for selection for India’s tours to Australia and England.
Jaydev Unadkat | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat| IANS

Jaydev Unadkat Wasn’t In Plans As The 29 Year Old Is Too Old To Be Considered For Selection: A BCCI Selector Said BCCI Would Rather Invest In Bowlers Who Can Serve For India For 8-12 Years

If performances in India’s premier domestic tournament, Ranji Trophy, is the parameter for the selection in the senior squad, Jaydev Unadkat had done his best job as the left-arm pacer bagged 67 wickets in the 2019-20 season, the most by any bowler in the season.

However, despite his heroics with the ball in the Ranji Trophy, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t picked for the Indian squad which will soon leave for the UK. He might be just 29, but as per a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selector, he is ‘too told’ to be picked for the senior squad.

 File photo of Karsan Ghavri. (Facebook Image)
File photo of Karsan Ghavri. (Facebook Image)

Speaking to The Times of India, former Indian pacer Karsan Ghavri, who was also the Saurashtra coach when Jaydev Unadkat shone with the ball in last Ranji Trophy season, revealed that he spoke to a BCCI selector who said the board would not even consider his name.

“I asked a selector during the Ranji Trophy final (2019-20) that if a bowler takes more than 60 wickets and has taken his team into the final of the Ranji Trophy single-handedly, shouldn’t he be at least picked for India A. That selector told me: ‘Kadu bhai, he won’t be picked for India anymore.

“His name is not even considered by us when we think of 30-odd players.’ ‘Why not, I asked him.’ ‘Then what’s the point of him picking so many wickets? I was told that ‘he’s already 32-33. Age is spoiling his case. It has put a full stop to his India career,'” Karsan Ghavri told TOI.

The BCCI selector went on to add that the BCCI would rather invest in a youngster who had 8-10 years of career ahead of him.

“Why should we invest in an older player? We would rather pick a 21, 22 or a 23-year-old player if he’s good, he can serve India for 8-10-12 years. If we pick Unadkat today, how many years will he serve India for?’ This is what that selector told me,” Ghavri added.

Jaydev Unadkat was the key bowler for Saurashtra in back-to-back Ranji seasons. In the 2018-19 season, he claimed 39 wickets as Saurashtra lost against Vidarbha in the final. In the next season, he cranked his performance up by several notches to take 67 wickets and play a significant role in Saurashtra winning the title.

Jaydev Unadkat Has Represented India In A Solitary Test, 7 ODIs And 10 T20Is

Having made his international debut in a Test match against South Africa in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has so far represented India in 1 Test, 7 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat during his Test debut in South Africa | Getty
Jaydev Unadkat during his Test debut in South Africa | Getty

His consistent performances in the domestic circuit and IPL helped him gain selection for India’s tour of Zimbabwe in July 2013, where he made his ODI debut. It proved a largely successful trip, as he picked up eight wickets in five matches. He later played two more ODIs in the upcoming home season – against Australia and West Indies – but went wicketless in both. In IPL 2021-his fourth season with the Rajasthan Royals– he picked 4 scalps in as many matches averaging 28.25.

It’s been over 10 years since pacer Jaydev Unadkat, then 19, made his India Test debut. He bowled 26 wicketless overs for 156 runs against South Africa, not a remarkable first appearance but surely not something that would mean it should be his only international appearance in the format so far.

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Jaydev Unadkat Gets Engaged After Winning Ranji Trophy; Shares Photo On Social Media

A day after breaking into headlines, Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat has surprised everyone with another piece of good news. On Friday, he led Saurashtra to lift their maiden Ranji Trophy, which led the fans to praise his splendid efforts during the whole tournament.

And, now again, he is gathering blessing from fans on social media after he made official that he is engaged to his love of life.

Taking to Twitter, on Sunday, he shared a picture of himself with his fiancee Rinny and captioned it, “6 hours, 2 meals & 1 shared mud cake later..”. He has surprised everyone with the news because nobody expected such news coming from him.

However, the details of the event haven’t been disclosed yet, as of now.

Here is the picture of Jaydev Unadkat with his fiancee:

His close friends and cricketers are congratulating the duo and showering their blessings on the lovely couple.

Jaydev Unadkat’s commendable Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season:

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: Twitter)

The pacer’s performance in the whole tournament was admirable. He was the saviour for his team in every difficult situation. But his best spell came in the finals against Bengal and all of his efforts paid off when his team was declared as the winner of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season.

Jaydev scalped 67 wickets in the tournament and became the highest wicket-taker of this particular season.

Besides, he also scalped the second-highest number of wickets in a single Ranji season. He just falls one wicket short to equal the record that is currently held by Bihar’s Ashutosh Aman, who got 68 wickets in the 2018-19 season.

Unadkat was not able to break the record but he became the highest among the pacers. The previous highest was by Doda Ganesh, who had bagged 62 wickets in a Ranji season.

The 28-year-old Unadkat would surely have got the attention of selectors and this will surely reopen the gates for him in Team India.

Jaydev Unadkat, India, Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli's coach, Jaydev Unadkat
Raj Kumar Sharma. Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter.
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‘Proven’ Jaydev Unadkat Should be Included in India’s Squad: Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach

Fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat’s hard work was finally paid off after he helped Saurashtra team — to lift the maiden Ranji Trophy trophy of the 2019-20 season. For his outstanding performance, he has been praised by Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma.

Saurashtra skipper Unadkat notched up two wickets in the final against Bengal. Following this, he became the highest wicket-taker in the 2019-20 season of the domestic tournament, with 67 wickets to his name. Besides, the pacer now also holds the second position in the list of overall highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy.

Jaydev Unadkat has already proved himself: Virat’s childhood coach

Rajkumar has lauded Unadkat’s effort to lead his team to victory and hopes that his performance in the event will surely give him a place in India’s squad.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I congratulate Saurashtra for their stellar performance in Ranji Trophy, especially Jaydev Unadkat, who bowled crucial spells and picked 67 wickets in the mega event,”

“He should be included in India’s squad. In the IPL, he had already proved himself and now he has shown how useful he can be in the longest format of the game,” he added.

Unadkat has played for India in one Tests, seven ODIs and 10 T20Is. He lost the place in the team because of injury. After recovery, he was called in the T20 team but could not impress the team management. Thus, was dropped from the team.

Rajkumar Sharma on postponing of IPL 2020:

Jaydev Unadkat, RR vs SRH, Deepak Hooda, IPL 2019
Jaydev Unadkat Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The outbreak of coronavirus has triggered every cricketing event. BCCI has also decided to postpone the IPL 2020 till 15th April which was earlier scheduled to start from 29th March.

Rajkumar Sharma believes that BCCI has taken the right step, to delay the start of the most-watched T20 league because it will help to curb the spread of the virus.

“I appreciate the efforts made by BCCI as it was necessary to ensure the fan’s safety. Postponing the IPL was need of the hour”

Earlier, Virat Kohli also shared the message with fans to stay safe and take every precaution to prevent the expansion of pandemic.

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Wriddhiman Saha. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Wriddhiman Saha Opens up on His Snub From Playing XI in New Zealand Test Series

In the recently-concluded Test series against New Zealand, the team management selected Rishabh Pant over the world-class wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. The later was praised for his wicketkeeping skills in the home series against Bangladesh and South Africa. So, the decision to drop him from playing XI was questioned by many cricket pundits.

Pant has edge over Saha because of his batting skills. Saha averages 30 in Tests while Pant averaged above 40 at the start of the New Zealand Tests. Pant had also scored centuries in Australia and England. Whereas, at that time, Saha was suffering from an injury which has given place to the youngster in the team.

Wriddhiman Saha, Mahmudullah
Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

While in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy 2019-20, Saha proved that he has no less skill with the bat. He scored crucial 64 runs to lead his team to the respective total.

You have to go by team management decision: Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha. Credits: Twitter

The wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman was asked whether he was informed about his snub from the playing XI.

The 35-year-old didn’t shy to speak the truth about his selection while he addressed that he respects all the decisions taken by the team management.

“Normally, every player gets to know the squad before the match when the batting order is decided. I got to know after going there. It is not tough because you are still part of the team. You have to go by team management decision based on the conditions but yes, inside, you feel that hopefully, you will play since you played the last Test series.”

 

“I haven’t been informed anything personally yet. But I keep the team in front and individual choices later. If the team decides Rishabh will play, I will be fine with it as I want the team to win,” said the experienced keeper as quoted by Sportstar.

His good in Ranji Trophy finals against Saurashtra couldn’t help the Bengal to lift the trophy.

However, he showed he can be a reliable batsman for the team.

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Saurashtra cricket team won the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Saurashtra Win Their Maiden Ranji Trophy Title

Saurashtra created history on Friday (13th March) after winning their maiden Ranji Trophy. In the tight final of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 at Rajkot, Saurashtra achieved the first innings lead against Bengal on the last day of the match and secured their first Ranji Trophy.

After winning the toss, Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat decided to bat first. While they scored 425 runs in the first innings, there was no assured result till the day four. But Saurashtra bowled out Bengal for 381 runs in the morning session of the fifth day and secured the trophy for gaining the first innings lead of 44 runs. At the end of the match, the champions scored 105/4 in their second innings, and they had the lead of 149 runs.

Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat played a massive role on the fifth day

Bengal started the day five on 354/6 while they were 72 runs behind to get the first innings lead and secure the trophy. But the Saurashtra players superbly handled the morning session and secured their historic trophy.

Skipper  Jaydev Unadkat led the team from the front on the final day as he took two wickets and he was also successful in making a smart run-out which counted hugely for his team. The most wicket-taker in this season, Unadkat (67 wickets), didn’t take a wicket in this game ahead of the final day.

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Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: Twitter)

Though Arnab Nandi (40*) fought till the end, Bengal just fell short of winning their first Ranji Trophy in last 30 years (last time won in 1989/90). In that innings, Sudip Chatterjee (81), Wriddhiman Saha (64) and Anustup Majumdar (63) played some crucial knocks.

Among the Saurashtra bowers, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was the most successful bowlers in that innings as he had the bowling figures of 52-14-114-3.

In the first innings of this match, Arpit Vasavada (106) scored the crucial century, and later he was awarded the Player of the Match. In that same innings, opener and wicketkeeper-batsman Avi Barot scored 54 runs while Vishvaraj Jadeja also scored 54 runs.

Despite the illness, Cheteshwar Pujara played a crucial knock of 66 runs in the first innings of this match. However, he was not available for the game at later of the game due to his illness.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo Credit: AFP)

The last day of this tournament final was run behind the close door in the wake of COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Ranji Trophy 2019/20, Final: Watch – Jaydev Unadkat Destroys A Stump

On day four (12th March) of the final of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 at Rajkot, while the Bengal batsmen have frustrated the Saurashtra cricketers, the best bowler of this tournament and the Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat destroyed a wicket with a powerful throw.

The Ranji Trophy 2019/20 final between Saurashtra and Bengal is running in very tight way from the first day morning. None of the sides is leaving the game without making the tough fight. Both teams have faced many struggles in this game but they have remarkably made the comebacks into the game too.

After a long fight for the first two days and the early period of the first session of the third day of this final match, Saurashtra managed to score 425 runs before losing their all wickets. While Arpit Vasavada (106) scored a century, Cheteshwar Pujara (66), Avi Barot (54) and Vishvaraj Jadeja (54) also played crucial knocks in that innings. Also, their lower-order batsmen added some crucial runs.

Arpit Vasavada
Arpit Vasavada (Image Credit: Twitter)
Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo Credit: AFP)

In reply, Bengal lost both of their openers cheaply as they went down to 35/2. But first Sudip Chatterjee-Manoj Tiwary partnership, and then the partnership between Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha have massively helped to rescue the team. Bengal ended the day three on 134/3.

On day four of this match, Saurashtra got a few chances but they failed to utilise those opportunities and hugely struggled to break the fourth wicket partnership between Chatterjee and Saha.

Wicketless Jaydev Unadkat broke a middle stump

Meanwhile, the left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who has taken 65 wickets in this season and standing on the position of the leading wicket-taker without any danger, hasn’t taken a wicket in the game yet.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: Twitter)

Frustrating for not taking any wicket in this crucial match, Jaydev Unadkat once threw back the returning ball to the batting end stumps. That powerful throw not only hit the middle stump, but it also broke that stump in two pieces. However, the batsman Chatterjee was safe in the crease as it didn’t affect in wicket column in Bengal’s innings.

Soon, a fresh stump was bought and that game was continued.

Here is that video:

While Saha scored 64 runs, Chatterjee played a great knock of 81 runs. Now, Anustup Majumdar (58*) is fighting as Bengal managed to score 354/6 at the stumps on day four. On the final day of this match, Bengal must have to score 71 more runs in this innings to secure the Ranji Trophy 2019/20.

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Chettithody Shamshuddin (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Ranji Trophy 2019/20, Final: Chettithody Shamshuddin Ruled Out From On-Field Umpiring

On early day two of the final of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20, the cricket fans saw some rare pictures in the on-field umpiring. While KN Ananthapadmanabhan was playing the bowling-end umpire role in every over, Piyush Kakkar was standing only as of the square-leg umpire after replacing injured Chettithody Shamshuddin.

From Monday (9th March), Saurashtra and Bengal are playing the final of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. The official on-field umpires for this game were KN Ananthapadmanabhan and Chettithody Shamshuddin who started the game properly on the first day.

However, during that opening day, when Saurashtra lost a wicket, a Bengal player threw the ball towards the square-leg umpire Shamshuddin, who was unaware of that. As he didn’t follow the ball, it hit around the lower part of his body.

Shamshuddin, umpire, Ranji Trophy 2019/20, final
Image Credit: Twitter

While the pain was increasing at the last night, Shamshuddin went to a local hospital on Tuesday (9th March) morning for a check-up. He remains unavailable for the on-field umpiring from the second day of the game.

In the absence of Shamshuddin, Ananthapadmanabhan started the day two of this final match along with the local umpire Piyush Kakkar. However, Ananthapadmanabhan had to play the role of the bowling-end umpire in every over. Meanwhile, Kakkar was only active at the square-leg position.

From the beginning of the second session of the day, Sundaram Ravi has joined with Ananthapadmanabhan for the on-field umpiring. Ravi was originally appointed for the TV Umpire role. Meanwhile, Shamshuddin is handling the TV Umpire role for the day.

Yashwant Barde is going to replace Chettithody Shamshuddin

Shamshuddin has been advised to take rest for a week while Yashwant Barde will join as his replacement for the on-field umpiring role on Wednesday (10th March).

Shamshuddin, umpire, Ranji Trophy 2019/20, final
Chettithody Shamshuddin (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

A spokesperson of Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) told PTI, “Shamshuddin felt more pain in the night and went to the hospital in the morning for a check-up. He has been advised a week’s rest.”

On the day one of this final match, Saurashtra cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara was suffering from fever and throat infection. He came to bat at late on that day but was retired hurt soon after spending around half-an-hour at the crease.

Chesteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

However, Pujara has not only returned to batting on the morning session of the second day, but he is also playing solid cricket with the bat as he has already crossed the 50 runs mark.

Chesteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ranji Trophy 2019/20, Final: Cheteshwar Pujara Likely To Restart His Batting On Day Two

On the first day of the final match of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20, star Saurashtra cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara was retired hurt when his team was struggling. However, the Indian Test specialist cricketer is likely to be available for batting from the second day of this crucial match.

The final of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season has started on Monday (9th March) at Rajkot where Saurashtra are facing Bengal.

After winning the toss, the Saurashtra openers Harvik Desai and wicketkeeper-batsman Avi Barot provided a solid start. While Saurashtra didn’t lose their opening wicket in the first session, they stretched their partnership to 82 runs before losing the wicket of Desai on 38 runs.

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Avi Barot and Harvik Desai (Image Credit: Twitter)

While Barot scored 54 runs, Vishvaraj Jadeja and Arpit Vasavada put the 50 runs partnership for the third wicket. But once that partnership was broken as Jadeja lost his wicket on 54 runs, Saurashtra struggled till the end of the day.

Coming to bat at late, Cheteshwar Pujara was retired hurt on just five runs

Cheteshwar Pujara came to bat at the no.6 position after the dismissal of Sheldon Jackson (14) when Saurashtra were struggling on 182/4 in the 69 overs. Pujara’s strong batting was very important at that moment, but the right-handed batsman left the field due to feeling unwell after spending just seven overs on the pitch.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Saurashtra
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo Credit: AFP)

When Pujara decided to retire hurt, Saurashtra were battling on 197/4 while the Indian Test specialist cricketer scored five runs off 24 balls.

After the dismissal of Chetan Sakariya (4), the day was ended as Saurashtra were batting on 206/5. Vasavada was still batting on 29 runs.

Later, Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat revealed that Pujara had the fever and throat infection. However, he believes that Pujara will be fine to bat from the second day of the game. So, we can expect Pujara from the beginning of day two of this final match.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Saurashtra
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Unadkat said according to PTI, “He has fever and a bad throat but should be fine to bat tomorrow.”

The right-arm Bengal pacer Akash Deep (3/41) has taken three wickets, while another pacer Ishan Porel (1/37) and the left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed (1/56) have picked up one wicket each.

Ashwin kept on bowling in right areas: Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara
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Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Final – Cheteshwar Pujara Returns Saurashtra Side

Saurashtra is getting ready to play their second consecutive final in the Ranji Trophy. Though the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will not be available for this match, the Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will serve for his domestic side in this crucial match.

In the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy final, the last year’s runners-up Saurashtra will face Bengal at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot). The final match will begin on 9th March 2020.

Recently, the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) President Jaydev Shah requested to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly to allow Ravindra Jadeja for the upcoming Ranji Trophy final. But while the Indian team will start their three-match home ODI series against South Africa from 12th March, the BCCI President denied that request. Ganguly clarified that the country comes first for a player.

Ravindra Jadeja, Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy 2019/20
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, there will be no problem for Cheteshwar Pujara as he only plays in Test cricket for India. So, while the wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha is returning to the Bengal side for the upcoming Ranji Trophy final, Pujara will represent for Saurashtra. It will make their batting stronger as Pujara is known for his strong batting performances.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Pujara, Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy 2019/20
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara has an average of 63.62 in the Ranji Trophy 2019/20

In this Ranji Trophy season, Pujara has already played in five matches where he scored 509 runs in eight innings (average 63.62). The right-handed batsman hit one double-century and three half-centuries in this Ranji Trophy season.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Pujara, Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy 2019/20
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo Credit: AFP)

Sheldon Jackson and Arpit Vasavada are the most in-form batsmen for the Saurashtra side in this season. In this Ranji season, while Jackson has scored 783 runs in 16 innings (average 52.20), Vasavada has scored 654 runs in 14 innings (average 54.50).

Chirag Jani is also a strong performer of this side who is handling the all-rounder role positively. While he has played nine matches in this Ranji season, he has scored 530 runs in 14 innings (average 44.16) and also taken 16 wickets.

In bowling, Saurashtra is hugely depended on their captain Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm pacer is unstoppable at the present moment as he has already taken 65 wickets in nine matches of this season and four wickets away to create a new record of most wickets in a Ranji Trophy season.

The left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (29 wickets) and the right-arm medium pacer Prerak Mankad (21 wickets) are also playing positive roles with the ball in hand.

Since Saurashtra started their Ranji Trophy journey in the 1950/51 season, they haven’t won the Ranji Trophy yet. In the last season (2018/19), Vidarbha beat them in the Ranji Trophy final.

Saurashtra squad for 2019/20 Ranji Trophy final: Jaydev Unadkat (Captain), Cheteshwar Pujara, Sheldon Jackson, Kamlesh Makwana, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Harvik Desai, Snell Patel (WK), Kishan Parmar, Avi Barot (wicketkeeper), Prerak Mankad, Samarth Vyas, Vishwaraj Jadeja, Kushang Patel, Chetan Sakariya, Parth Bhut.

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