Swashbuckling batsman Robin Uthappa is hopeful of making it to the final World Cup squad after being selected in the 30 probables and said that he would love to open for the team in the World Cup but will not mind doing the finisher role donning the wicket-keeping gloves. 

During an interview with PTI, Uthappa was quoted in saying:

“My first love would be to play as an opener, but will not mind playing as a finisher donning the wicket-keeper’s gloves. If picked up as a wicketkeeper-batsman, I can open up two-three slots, for others to get selected. However, everything depends on selectors. 

“Absolutely I have hopes to get in. I have done well in last two seasons. I am the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy as well as the IPL. Extremely confident of my ability as far as ODI is concerned. So, definitely looking forward for an opportunity. ” 

Uthappa said that a strong showing in the Ranji Trophy, that begins on December 7th, would further strengthen his case for the final World Cup squad. 

“I would utilise the opportunity of playing in Ranji matches to hone my skills further and increase my confidence level,” he said.

When asked about which teams are the real favourites to win the World Cup, Uthappa expressed that India are well honed to defend the title but Australia and South Africa also can’t be taken lightly. 

Uthappa added:

“Australia has a chance because they will be playing in their home conditions and South Africa is also a good team. However, the clear picture about the favourites will emerge depending upon the start a team gets in the initial stages of the world cup.”