Kolkata Knight Riders have already rung in the Abu Dhabi and they are the first one amid all the franchise sides to arrive there for taking part in the first peg of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League. They have not wanted to ravage a single moment, but started tuning up as they has got the feel of the cash-rich IPL after entering the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium territory.
KKR is going to begin their IPL campaign against the defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 16.
The IPL tournament, withal, has not shaken off the match-fixing and betting corruption, which make the IPL committee to run after a rigid protocol. The Media persons are not allowed to enter the pitch.
However, KKR has reached the stadium for a practice session without Captain Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Chris Lynn and Pat Cummins. On Wednesday they have had a four-hour training session, which spread out under the floodlights. Gambhir and Kallis arrived at the city late that night.
Robin Uthappa, the Bangalorean batsman who belonged to the now-obsolete Pune Warriors last year, is the new entry in the squad which implies his craving to establish himself in the domestic domain of cricket. All he wants is to deliver some brawny thrash in the tournament in order to ordain him as a hard nut.
“When I was in Karnataka team, we victor all the matches we could have in domestic cricket and I took pride in my strong contribution. I scrolled some runs and I’m very pleased and hoping high for the IPL season.” Confident Uthappa stated.
“I’m 28, not so old. The good thing is that I began not so late and I can, however, rebound to the Indian national squad.” Uthappa added, who played his last international match for India in 2012 against South Africa in Johannesburg.
“I have reappeared into estimation after coming upon from the domestic territory. I have practiced a lot on my technique and having called for a team such as Pune Warrior, I have accrued the importance of not turning down your wicket once you get began.” He said.
Uthappa has played 11 Twenty20 matches along with 38 One Day Internationals. He believes that KKR is a quite good team and he seems pretty excited as half of the matches are taking place in the UAE. He was recalling, “I was a part of the Indian team that played two ODIs against Pakistan in 2006 here. In such manner am pretty much well-known with the stumps here. Though it is a little slow, but it would be alike when we will go back home in India.”
The cricket buffs are very much juiced up for the inaugural match between KKR and MI next Wednesday and the match is expected to lay flame on the IPL stage in front of the power packed audience. Uthappa hopes that his side will get through to the match against the last year’s champions Mumbai Indians, who are sounding to begin this time without the retreated legend Sachin Tendulkar.