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No one realises how good a team we are: Uthappa

Bangalore based Robin Uthappa has no regrets over missing out on playing for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League. Having played most of his cricket in Bangalore, the India opener is happy to be with the Mumbai Indians.

Bangalore based Robin Uthappa has no regrets over missing out on playing for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League. Having played most of his cricket in Bangalore, the India opener is happy to be with the Mumbai Indians.

"Mumbai is like my second home, I have played a lot of cricket here and also have a lot of friends," said Uthappa.

Though the Karnataka batsman will turn out for the Mumbai outfit, he said his "best moment" came when liquor baron Vijay Mallya told him that Royal Challengers will be incomplete without him.

"It’s good to know you are popular across India. Mr Mallya gave me one of the best compliments when he told me that the Bangalore team would only be 96 per cent complete without me," added the 22-year old, who is sporting a new hairdo these days.

On the Mumbai team composition, Uthappa said, "No one realises how good a team we are. We have a lot of good all-rounders who have proved themselves."

Along with the all-rounders, Uthappa also feels that the unknown factor of the new breed of local youngsters will be a strength once the tournament gets underway.

Uthappa earmarked Abhishek Nayyar and Saurabh Tiwary as the youngsters to watch out for. Asked about his batting position, he said, "With Sanath (Jayasuriya) and Sachin (Tendulkar) in the team I don’t expect to open the innings."

"Like always I have set some personal goals for myself but most importantly I want the team to win," he added.

The 22-year old believes all the teams have a fair chance to win the first edition of the IPL and no particular team could be termed as favourites until the league gets underway.

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