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Shirin Sadikot in Bengaluru 10 April 2013 - 08:12pm IST

It will be special playing against KKR: Unadkat

RCB pacer is keen to succeed against his previous IPL team

Saurashtra pace bowler, Jaydev Unadkat has been playing in the IPL since 2010. And for the first three years he was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders. This year, the 22-year-old pacer is donning the Royal Challengers Bangalore shade of red and gold.

In his fourth match of the tournament Unadkat finds himself in a strange situation as he prepares to take on his previous team. “It’s going to be special. For the first time I’ll be playing against KKR. Up until now, for me IPL has always been KKR,” Unadkat said on the eve of RCB’s home game against the Knights of Kolkata.

While the young pacer had an enriching experience with KKR of being mentored by Wasim Akram and guided by Brett Lee, he is happy to be in the RCB change room this year, where he has so far got more opportunities to play. While he managed only 11 games in the last three seasons with KKR, this year he has been part of all three matches RCB have played. 

“It really boosts my confidence to know that the team management thinks I can do well on the field,” Unadkat said, before going back to the days in IPL 2012 where he spent all but one match on the bench.

“I passed through that phase during the last IPL season with KKR when I didn’t get to play many games. I was just sitting out and working on my strength and bowling. It is difficult, it’s not easy to sit outside and watch others play while waiting for your opportunity,” he admitted.

“But that’s a part and parcel of the game. Here we have some 10-11 fast bowlers in the team and not everyone will play all the games. RCB has been quite good for me till now in that respect.”

“I got the confidence from the captain and the coach and that’s really important for a youngster to come into a new side. I’m happy with the way I’ve done in the games I’ve played so far and I’m looking forward to continuing the same,” said Unadkat.

The left-arm seamer from Porbandar cannot thank his stars enough for the presence of India’s best left-arm pacer around him. Unadkat admitted that he’s been taking all the advantage he can of sharing the dressing room with Zaheer Khan.

“Personally, I have really gained a lot having him around. Right from the first match, I go and speak to him before every match about how I should plan to bowl on a particular wicket and conditions. For a youngster like me, or any other pacer in the team for that matter, his presence is helping,” Unadkat said, before sharing the positive signs of Zaheer recovering from his side strain.

“I don’t know at what recovery stage he is but he’s really working out and training a lot. So, perhaps, he’ll be playing soon,” he said. 

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