Robin Uthappa guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an easy victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in match 30 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Chasing 183, KKR did not falter and were ably led by a blistering knock from wicketkeeper-batsman Uthappa. Coming at the fall of opener Sunil Narine’s wicket, Uthappa hammered all RPS bowlers to finish the game with 11 balls in hand. Man of the Match Uthappa stated that he has faith in his abilities and is enjoying the challenge out there with bat and gloves. By notching up their sixth win in 8 games, KKR have replaced Mumbai Indians (MI) from the top spot and will look to consolidate from here. IPL 2017: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) crush Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in IPL 10, Match 30
Speaking after the match, Uthappa stated he has lot of belief in his own abilities. ”I’ve always been strong. I have a lot faith in what I’m doing. I’m really confident and I’m enjoying myself out there. I am enjoying my keeping, I think MS [Dhoni] has set the benchmark for Indian keepers, so I’m slowly but surely getting there”, stated Uthappa.
Uthappa went bonkers at the RPS bowlers who were clueless with the absence of Ben Stokes who missed out on the game due to a sore shoulder. He stitched an invaluable 158-run stand with skipper Gautam Gambhir and never let the momentum shift to the opposition camp. He timed his strokes beautifully, and looked in ominous touch. His 47-ball 87 ensured KKR remain unbeaten versus RPS in IPL.