Shami is currently undergoing rehab for a shoulder injury at the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He picked up a right shoulder injury during a training session before the tour of Bangladesh. After missing the ODI leg of the tour, there was a slim chance that Shami would be fit for the Tests, but it has now been ruled out.
Over the past five years, Unadkat has built up an impressive body of work with Saurashtra, the team he has led to a wave of success in the Indian domestic circuit. He was front and center during their maiden Ranji Trophy title win in 2019–20, taking 67 wickets, the second highest haul by a bowler in a season. In the last three Ranji seasons, Unadkat has taken 115 wickets in 21 matches.
Unadkat’s bowling average of 16.03 since the start of January 2019 is the best in all first-class cricket over that period. He has taken 126 wickets in 24 matches during this period, with best figures of 7 for 56, including nine five-fors and three ten-wicket hauls.
He had said, “I look at my individual performance, but in a way that it takes the team forward, not in a way where I think it will help me get selected for India or India A.” “At the end of the day, that’s where you want to be and I’m happily trying to help the team win as many games as possible. If you love the way the game is played, then all other things are fine.” I love this place and the mindset I am currently in and wouldn’t want to change it for anything. But the hunger and fire to play and perform for the country is still burning.”
Over the years, Unadkat has built its USP around bowling at the famous Bejan Deck in Rajkot. His ability to swing the new ball and reverse the old one has fetched him plenty of wickets, and his improved fitness has helped him deliver longer spells, something he worked on tirelessly during the 2019-20 campaign. What he later described as “career-defining”.
Apart from one Test, Unadkat has also played seven ODIs and ten T20Is. He was last part of the Indian team during the Nidahas Trophy campaign in Sri Lanka in March 2019.