I can win games for Team India: Robin Uthappa

Shashi / 03 September 2014

Robin Uthappa , India batsman believes he has an “extremely good chance” of making his place in  India’s World Cup squad. While Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Uthappa said he believes the team “can do with another opener” and he is well placed to fill that position. Robin Uthappa was not selected in the Indian squad selected for the 5-match series against England in which India now have a lead of 2-0 with 2 more matches to go. While speaking on his omission from the squad he said that he is disappointed with the selectors’ decision as he was “hoping to get a longer run”

The 28 year old also made it to the national One Day International side for the series against Bangladesh, after a span of close to six years following a blasting domestic season with Karnataka and Indian Premier League season with Kolkata Knight Riders.

He said to ESPNcricinfo, “When I did get an opportunity on a normal one-day wicket, I did get a few runs,So I am hoping that a few more good performances can give me back that spot to prove my ability at the top of the order. I do believe I can lay the foundation and can set up games and win games for my country.”

Uthappa earned his first call-up to the India ODI squad in nearly six years for the three-match series against Bangladesh in June, where he made scores of 50, 14 and 5. However, after a poor run with the India A squad in Australia recently, where he scored just 134 runs in seven one-day innings and only 48 in three unofficial-Test innings, he was overlooked for the ODI series in England.

He has left that disappointment behind though, he said. “I can sense and feel that I am in an around the fringe again and I just need to top up with my performances. I just need to keep going out there and doing well and if I can do that I know it [a call-up] is not far off, it’s just a matter of time.”

Uthappa admits that during his long hiatus from the Indian team he did have moments of self-doubt. But the decision to reorganise his batting technique about three years ago started what he describes as a “wonderful journey”. He said  that As a batsman, he feel like he is in a fantastic space. The mindset has changed, the approach has changed. That he is not satisfied with his performances in the sense that he want to improve. There is a massive hunger that has grown because of all the work he has put in and everything he has experienced in the last few years of deconstructing the game and again reconstructing it.

This Indian Batsman also made it very clear that he hasn’t ruled out Test cricket, yet. He said that It was a little unfortunate to miss out last season on six [first-class] games – that would have played a huge part in claiming his [Test] spot as well because there is a dearth of an opening batsman there. He believes that this season is an opportunity on many fronts for him, and he will be looking forward to maximising it.


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