Veteran Indian domestic player Jaydev Unadkat, who has just recently returned to the national team, will play for Sussex in the current County season. There will be just three games played in the month of September. Unadkat is a rock of Indian domestic cricket, having taken around 400 wickets at the first-class level. Unadkat’s batting skills has been overshadowed by his reputation for discipline in red-ball cricket.
The bowler from Saurashtra joins another Indian and longtime Sussex player Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara has been a standout for the county in all three forms. Unadkat was ecstatic at the chance to broaden his horizons in response to the new information. “I am excited to join Sussex for their Championship games in September,” Unadkat said.
“I have been following the team’s recent run of success and I had a nice conversation with Paul and it looks like I can definitely add value and contribute towards the team’s goals.
“The English County Championship has a wonderful legacy, and I was keen to grab the opportunity whenever I can and it seems to be the right time for me at this point in my career. I hope to add to the laurels that my dear friend & team-mate, Cheteshwar has been adding aplenty while representing Sussex for the last couple of seasons, and more importantly helping the team win games.
Sussex manager Paul Farbrace agreed with Unadkat that the quick bowler would strengthen their team. This season has been a tough one for Sussex, who have only one win and nine draws to show for it. Their lone triumph was in the season opener back in April.
“We are delighted that Jaydev will join us for the September championship period, he is a quality bowler and a great guy to have join our squad at an exciting time of the season,” Farbrace said.
“His record is outstanding, and we will be looking for Jaydev to share his experience with our developing team. Everyone at Hove is looking forward to Jaydev being part of this Championship run in and help the team to take wickets and win games of cricket.”
On September 3, Sussex will travel to Chester-le-Street to take on Durham as their red-ball season gets underway.