Well, what can be said about Jaydev Unadkat? An Indian domestic cricket legend, who has captained his team Saurashtra to a Ranji Trophy win and has done decently well in IPL as well. He has a five-wicket haul to his name in IPL, including a hat-trick, and has benefitted from that one performance in the 2017 edition of the tournament multiple times.
Rajasthan Royals bought him for INR 11.5 Cr in IPL 2018 auction, he picked 11 wickets in 15 matches for them at an economy of 9.65. He was released from the franchise but bought back in the IPL 2019 auction for INR 8.40 Cr. Unadkat then picked 10 wickets in 11 matches at an economy of 10.66 and copped a lot of criticism.
But the RR team management showed faith in him, as they bought him again in the IPL 2020 auction for INR 3 Cr. This time as well, Unadkat disappointed with 4 wickets in 7 matches at an economy of 9.91.
The constant faith in a bowler who is prone to expensive spells and has not justified his price over and over again was unexplainable for any of the experts and though fans had hoped, that he would do well for the franchise, were disappointed once again by his outings.
It was not to be as Unadkat just couldn’t adjust his bowling style to the UAE pitches, which actually suited him. The result was yet another disappointing performance from an experienced player, who let down his fans and his team’s fans once more.