Robin Uthappa has continued to carry his form into the Ranji Trophy and he certainly hopes that this will be enough to land him a spot in India’s 15-member Cricket World Cup squad.
The deadline of submitting the shortlisted squad to the ICC is approaching fast and it is set for January 7. The fate of India’s 30 World Cup probables will be decided soon.
Robin Uthappa, who happens to be one of the four-wicket keeping batsmen in the probables list, is keeping his fingers crossed. When asked whether three fifties in as many Ranji Trophy games were enough for a ticket to the mega event in Australia and New Zealand, he said, “I hope so”.
The 29-year-old opening batsman further added, “I would like to stay in the present and make sure I fulfil my role in the team (Karnataka). I have set certain standards for myself and I want to live up to those standards. I feel have the ability to play international cricket for a long time and that is how I base my standards on.”
Recently, Uthappa has been successful as an opener and earlier in February he was recalled to play in his first ODI in six years. Recently, he was picked for the final two ODIs against Sri Lanka in November.
Expressing his desire to play in Australia and also about his World Cup chances, Uthappa emphasized that he loves playing in Australia and he is open to perform any role in the side. He said, “When you are playing for the country, you don’t get the liberty of choosing your batting position. It is just an honour to playing for your country. I am equipped to perform any role offered to me. Hopefully I will get the opportunity. I have always enjoyed plank in Australia. I like bouncy tracks, it suits my game”.
Uthappa was part of the Indian team which won the tri-series in Australia in 2008. Although with the availability of many a talented openers, the fight is going to be intense, Uthappa will hope that he has done enough over the season.