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Unadkat banking on South Africa experience

cricket Updated: Dec 02, 2010 01:27 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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That Jaidev Unadkat has little experience in first-class cricket gives one an idea how clueless he can be about what happens at the highest level. But the youngster is making the right moves as far as homework is concerned.

Instead of being weighed down by the challenges awaiting him in South Africa, the 19-year-old from Porbandar is looking at aspects which might stand him in good stead.

To start with, the left-arm quick is banking on his experience of playing in the Rainbow Nation.

"I have performed well in those conditions in an under-19 tour we went to and I think that experience will be helpful this time. International cricket is all about adapting to different conditions and we will be there a few days before the series starts, which will certainly help getting used to bowling there," Unadkat told Hindustan Times.

The bowler to have a had a couple of successful tours with the India A team earlier this year was also looking forward to the Indian team's South African links.

"Gary Kirsten (India coach) and Eric Simons (bowling coach) have played all their cricket in those conditions and them being around is one of the biggest positives for us. I have been discussing bowling with Eric and will definitely apply what he has told me."

Unadkat was looking forward to spending time with fellow left-armer Zaheer Khan.

"Whenever I got an opportunity to interact with him, I made the best use of it, although we have not talked specifically on how to bowl in South African conditions. I will surely discuss this with him before the tour begins. It can prove helpful in a tour as exhaustive as the one in South Afrcia" he said of India's pace spearhead. Know the player