Unadkat relying on his subtle skills to prolong India stay

COLOMBO, MAR 11: Young speedster Jaydev Unadkat says variations are a bowler’s biggest asset in the T20 format and he is banking on that subtle skill to prolong his stay in the Indian team.
Unadkat has broken into the Indian T20 team on the back of consistent performances on the domestic circuit, including the IPL. Has been doing a decent job ever since his comeback series against Sri Lanka in December.
“Variations are most important for a bowler in this format. You talk about playing with the batsman’s mind and you can only do that with variations,” Unadkat said on eve of India’s match against Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy.
“You can see how hard batsmen are going at us in the Powerplay in this tournament. It is up to us how we come out of it and don’t allow them to hit. I back myself to do that,” said the left-arm pacer, who banks on his slower balls and cutters to deceive the batsmen.
In the absence of senior bowlers, Unadkat opened the bowling alongside offie Washington Sundar in the first two games here. Unadkat praised Washington for doing a commendable job in the initial overs.
“I think he is bowling really well. We have bowled together in the past for Pune in the IPL. What benefits us is that how he contains the batsman being an off-spinner, which is a very difficult job.
“In this game the openers just come and try to blast their way through. He varies his pace really well and keeps it simple,” observed Unadkat. (Agencies)