After a long wait of 12 years, fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat has been included in Team India for the Test series against Bangladesh. On this occasion, he said that “I was with Rinny, Dheera and Parth. All three were shouting with joy when they heard the news.”

I calmed down for a moment and then joined in their joy. Jaydev Unadkat, who was included in the Test team after 12 years, had a special conversation with Gujarati Jagran. Here are excerpts from that conversation…

Very emotional right now, been waiting for this opportunity since 2010, always had the motivation to play for India.

What was the reaction on getting the news?

The entire family had gathered as soon as the news was received, so this whole moment became even more special. We went to Kutch Ranotsav and now back to Rajkot. I was with Rinny (Jaidev’s wife), Dheera and Parth (Jaidev’s sister and brother-in-law). All three started shouting as soon as they got the news. After that everyone celebrated together.

Never felt like this in these 12 year –

In these 12 years it never felt like I can’t make a comeback in the team. Yes, it was looking tough with only 2 injuries. But my motivation level never decreased. I never felt that I lacked the motivation to play at the highest level.

Playing cricket is my biggest motivation –

Even after winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy I said, playing cricket is my biggest motivation. Whatever format I play, whatever team I play, I always give my 110%.

By Ritik Sharma

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