Left-arm fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat has had a bizarre journey in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His stocks went up after a stellar run for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant but went down in the season that followed. Unadkat failed to justify the price tag which attracted a lot of trolls on social media but the cricketer admits that it doesn't bother him.
The cricketer from Saurashtra bagged a whopping amount of Rs 11.5 crore at the auctions in 2018 when snapped by Rajasthan Royals. Jaydev Unadkat failed to replicate his performance but that didn't deter the Royals to secure his service once again in the next season for a mammoth Rs 8.5 crore. He once again returned to the franchise in the auction in Kolkata for Rs 3 crore.
We are also humans: Jaydev Unadkat
The price tag was not justified considering his performances which made Unadkat a laughing stock on social media. In the 11 matches last season, Unadkat bagged only 10 wickets at an economy rate of 10.66. In 2018, he had picked 11 wickets in 15 outings, with an economy rate of 9.65. Speaking on the vicious trolls, Jaydev Unadkat said that he doesn't follow social media too much.
“At some point, I do feel that people become so harsh they don’t realise we are humans as well. But having said that, you can’t really go to every individual and see what their mindset is. They [trolls] do it for fun, or just to get attention. People have told me to not bother about that and that social media is something I shouldn’t really look at,” Unadkat told ESPNCricinfo.
“I haven’t had anyone coming up to me and telling me anything on my face. I think those people only mention you on social media. Face to face, they won’t speak anything. That itself shows that those things don’t really matter as much as you think they do at times.” he goes on to add.
Jaydev Unadkat, who is having an outstanding Ranji Trophy for Saurashtra will be keen answer the trolls with performance in the upcoming IPL which commences from March 29. The left-arm pacer recently bagged a 12-wicket haul against Baroda helping Saurashtra secure a win by four wickets.