I’ve a World Cup Left in Me: Robin Uthappa Hopeful to Play T20 World Cup

I’ve a World Cup Left in Me: Robin Uthappa Hopeful to Play T20 World Cup

Robin Uthappa, T20 World Cup
Robin Uthappa. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Robin Uthappa had a dream-like beginning in the international cricket, but soon he vanished away from the team’s batting order because of the emergence of better cricketers than him. However, Uthappa Still believes that there can be a chance of his comeback and he can be the part of the World Cup.

In 2006, he played the maiden ODI against England and scored a well compiled 86, opening the innings at Indore. Following impressive performances, the Karnataka player was included in the 2007 World Cup and also got the place in the T20 World Cup the same year.

But Uthappa could not give consistent performance in the tournament. However, he played all the matches in the competition, which was won by India. His performance dipped after the Asia Cup 2008.

From there on, he was in and out of the team. Finally, he was dropped from the team at the end of 2015.

Robin Uthappa hopeful of his comeback:

Robin Uthappa, T20 World Cup
Robin Uthappa with MS Dhoni. (Photo credit – SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kerela player believes that he has the talent and the ability to make a comeback. He also wants to play the T20 World Cup and wants to keep that dream alive.

“Right now I want to be competitive. I still have that fire burning in me, I really want to compete and do well,” Uthappa told ESPNcricinfo. “I honestly believe I have a World Cup left in me, so I’m pursuing that, especially the shortest format. The blessings of Lady Luck or God or whatever you call it, plays a massive factor.

“Especially in India, it becomes so much more evident. I don’t think it is as evident when you’re playing cricket outside of India. But in the subcontinent and India especially, with the amount of talent that we do have in our country, all of those aspects become evident.

I’ve a World Cup Left in Me: Robin Uthappa Hopeful to Play T20 World Cup 1
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“If you believe you have the ability and you know that there is an outside chance. So I still believe in that outside chance. I still believe that things can go my way and I probably can be a part of a World Cup-winning team and play an integral role in that as well. Those dreams are still alive and I think I’ll keep playing cricket till that is alive.”

Uthappa has played 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is and scored 934 and 294 respectively. However, the 33-year old plays in domestic cricket for Kerela and was bought by Rajasthan Royals to play in the IPL 2020 auction.

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