Mohali and New Delhi: Robin Uthappa is considered to be one of the most attacking batsmen in the domestic circuit, especially in the shortest format but the national selectors still chose to ignore him while picking the 30-member squad for 2014 World T20.
Uthappa has represented India 49 times – 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is – and is currently part of the inform Karnataka team that is in the final of the Ranji Trophy.
Speaking to Mail Today, Uthappa did agree that he was a bit surprised to have missed the cut but the stylish batsman still hopes to be back in national colours very soon.
“Right before the probables’ list for the T20 World Cup came out, I saw myself pretty close to getting back into the national team. I am a little disappointed that I didn’t make the cut, considering that I was among the top 12 run-getters in the IPL in the last couple of seasons.”
“Even when I played for India ‘A’ in the one-dayers against New Zealand, I did pretty well. It is a bit disappointing, but I still harbour hopes of playing for India again. Maybe I am just a few good knocks away,” he said.
Uthappa was indeed one of the stars for the now defunct Sahara Pune Warriors in the last two editions of the IPL, having scored 405 runs from 16 games in IPL-V and 434 runs from 16 games in IPL-VI. With the Pune franchise pulling out of the IPL, Uthappa is looking forward to this year’s auctions and hopes that a team which has good wickets to bat on will pick him.
“I have been among the top-12 run-getters in the IPL and that speaks about my ability, especially when you are part of a team that hasn’t done too well and also, when you play on a wicket like the one in Pune that is not very good for batting."
“You can ask anyone who has played there and he would tell you that the wicket in Pune is definitely one of the worst T20 wickets. I am looking forward to the IPL auctions and I am keen to play for any team that has a good wicket to bat on (laughs) because I have missed doing that in the last two IPLs,” said 28-year-old.
Commenting on the fantastic run that Karnataka have had this season, Uthappa said: “The secret to this team doing so well is that we enjoy each others success. We want each and every player to do well. I am just 28, so I don’t look at myself as a veteran as such. But yes, I am a lot more experienced than some of the other guys and it is good to see everyone contributing.”
Uthappa has also made changes in his batting approach and now prefers to see off the new ball before taking attack to the opposition. The right-hander says the change has helped his batting.
“I have changed a lot of things about my technique and my approach to the game. I have worked consciously and it has worked as I play on the merit of the ball. If I am playing a T20 or a one-dayer, I play very differently. When I am playing in this format (Test), I am expected to hold one end up and see off the new ball. It is a definitive role of an opener and I feel that I am fulfilling it,” he signed off.
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