In what should be an exciting Vijay Hazare Trophy grand final, Jaydev Unadkat and Ruturaj Gaikwad will compete on Friday in Ahmedabad.
A cursory look at the statistics reveals that Saurashtra’s bowlers paved the way to the final, while Maharashtra’s batters did all the heavy lifting until the summit clash.
Gaikwad didn’t even play the first few games and has already amassed 552 runs in four matches, including a List A record-breaking seven sixes in a scintillating 220 against UP and a 168 in the semifinal against Assam.
Unadkat, Saurashtra’s ‘Man of All Seasons,’ can still make opposition batters nervous with his subtle skills and art of picking wickets at a level a notch below international standard.
He took 67 wickets in Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy-winning season, and he has so far taken 18 wickets at an economy rate of 3.43 across nine games in this edition of Vijay Hazare.