Wasim Akram helped me a lot: Unadkat

Mohali: Ecstatic at being drafted into the Indian Test team, rookie fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat on Tuesday credited legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram and Saurashtra coach Debu Mitra for improvement in his bowling which has earned him the selectors` nod.

The left-arm pacer has been included in the India squad for the second Test against Australia starting in Bangalore from October 9.

"It is my stint with Wasim bhai while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders during this year`s IPL that changed my perspective about seam bowling. From him, I learnt the subtle nuances of fast bowling. I learnt about how to control the slower deliveries," Unadkat told reporters over telephone from Jaipur where he played for Rest of India against Mumbai.

"Also Saurashtra coach Debu Sir (who is also Sourav Ganguly`s childhood coach) and former India A coach Pravin Amre helped me a lot about what should be the ideal length of bowling in Indian conditions," he added.

Did he believe that he would get a national call-up after only two first-class matches, he said, "I was confident that I will get a call soon. The confidence grew after my tour of England with the India A side. I got 13 wickets on my first-class debut against West Indies A and felt that I
belonged to this level. Not to forget playing in front of big crowds at Eden Gardens during IPL also helped," Unadkat said.

He also feels that joining as a back-up bowler for India`s tour of Sri Lanka a couple of months ago helped him.

"It was a learning experience of bowling to legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman. I got to learn quickly where I was going wrong," he added.

Unadkat, who scored 87 percent in XIIth standard Board exams and 91 percent in his Xth standard, still carries his books when on tours.

"I missed my first year BCom exams due to IPL. Wish I don`t miss it this time. I am studying hard to score well there too," the shy boy said.