New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders star Robin Uthappa was at his destructive best as he slammed a 47-ball 87 to help KKR win their sixth match of the tenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Rising Pune Supergiant at the MCA stadium on Wednesday.
Uthappa was also in great form behind the stumps as he effected three stumpings to break the backbone of the RPS batting line-up. Uthappa played a crucial role in dismissing the likes of Ajinkya Rahane (46), MS Dhoni (23) and Manoj Tiwary (1) as Pune were bundled out for 182 in their designated 20 overs.
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At one point, it seemed that Pune would cross the 200-run mark with comfortable ease, but Uthappa's heroics with the glouves ensured Pune were left 20 runs short of their dream score on this particular track.
Later, while taking the man of the match award, Uthappa said he is learning the art of wicket-keeping by watching former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in action.
"I think MS (Dhoni) has set a benchmark for us Indians, so trying to get there, slowly but surely...," said Uthappa.
#IPL @robbieuthappa doesnât mind learning a thing or two from @msdhoni #RPSvKKR #SpiritOfCricket pic.twitter.com/ohF5ImRpyG— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 26, 2017
MS Dhoni is known for his swift movements behind the stumps and is regarded one of the best in the world as far as stumpings are concerned.
Against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, Dhoni again pulled a rabbit out of a hat as he ran-out Sunil Narine, without even looking at the wickets.
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Clearly, Uthappa has chosen a great teacher to hone his wicket-keeping skills.
Uthappa and KKR will be in action next on Friday, when they clash with Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens.