Star India pacer, who refused to give up & make an incredible comeback after 12 years

December 22, 2022

Sports Tak Staff

India made a big change in their playing XI in the second Test against Bangladesh on Thursday (December 22).

India's stand-in skipper KL Rahul dropped Kuldeep Yadav to play Jaydev Unadkat in the Playing XI.

Unadkat returned to India's Test fold after 12 long years as he played his first Test on December 16, 2010.

With his comeback, Unadkat has topped the list of Indian cricketers who took maximum number of days to come back to team's fold after their debut. Meanwhile, Unadkat missed 118 Tests from 2010 to 2022 for India.

Unadkat surpassed Dinesh Karthik, who after his Test debut for India in 2010, took 8 years to come back to the team again. Karthik missed 87 Tests.

Parthiv Patel is at no.3 in the list. Patel made his debut in 2008 and then came back to the team in 2016. During this he missed 83 Tests.

Men in Blue's head coach Rahul Dravid was also part of India's playing XI when Unadkat made his debut for the team back in 2010.

Back then, Australia's star batter Steve Smith had played just 4 Tests and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had featured in mere 3 Tests.

Jaydev Unadkat played his first Test against South Africa in 2010 and remained wicketless in a spell of 26 overs.

Most consecutive Tests missed between appearances

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