The Kolkata Knight Riders are on their way to the qualifiers this season and the two openers of the franchise, Robin Uthappa, and Gautam Gambhir have been exceptional so far this season.
Karnataka-born Uthappa has been in good form not just with the bat but behind the sticks and in a recent interview with Cricinfo he opened up about a lot of things in his life.
“As an opener, as a senior member on the side, I really want to win this tournament,” he said to start the interview showing the love he has towards his club.
Uthappa, who has been consistent in the previous seasons of the IPL also spoke about a three-digit milestone. He felt that he has been gradually improving over the years and that a century in the IPL is just around the corner.
“To be aggressive, to be consistent, to be a game-changer, to be a match-winner, has been my focus over the last couple of years.”
“I believe it [a century] is right around the corner, simply because the last four years I have spent restructuring my game, and I think I have gradually improved every year, he added.
The former Indian international seemed full of confidence as he revealed that playing at different positions in the batting order has hampered his progress and he made a peculiar promise about his batting.
“I have never played in one batting position for India in more than three innings. Give me ten, seven, five games in one position. I promise you, you will not need to change me from there,” Uthappa said.
Uthappa also discussed the effect team coach Jacques Kallis has had on his batting.
He revealed that Kallis has been supportive and that what the South African has said over the years has helped his game immensely.
Uthappa revealed that Kallis said, “If you ask me personally, you are one of the best, if not the best, out there in the country right now.”
“If someone like Jacques tells you that you are doing everything right, you are doing everything beautifully, and when he calls you one of the best batsmen technically in the country, that gives you a lot of confidence,” Uthappa added.
Uthappa is currently in the second place for the most runs scored in the IPL and he felt that it was completely down to his hard-work and dedication.
“It is a proud feeling. But it is one thing performing at this level. The standards and goals I have set for myself are truly at the international level,” he added.
To finish off, the wicket-keeper batsman said that he is still fit enough for international cricket and that he dreams of playing for Indian once again before hanging up his boots.
He said, “I still believe I am fit enough, I am strong enough and ready enough to play international level. I am waiting for that good opportunity.”