Robin Uthappa has been among the most unfortunate batsmen in the Indian cricketing setup. The opener from Karnataka has performed in every tournament under varying conditions and has excelled immensely. However, despite constantly scoring well, he was given a cold shoulder by the selectors and was never considered as a full time option. But the important thing was that Uthappa didn’t lose any hope and his love for the game kept him going.
Uthappa has finally got his due credit as he has been selected for the tour of Zimbabwe. Speaking to the media post his selection, Uthappa was overjoyed as he was roped in as the opener. The dashing opener spoke about the opportunity lying ahead of him and said that he wanted to make it count.
“The tour is a proper opportunity and I want to make the most of it. I have been performing consistently in domestic cricket. I intend to work hard and justify my talent,” said Uthappa, who has been training with his personal coach Pravin Amre in Mumbai for the last two weeks. “I was disappointed when I was not picked for the Bangladesh tour but having missed that opportunity I was looking forward to the Zimbabwe tour.” “I don’t see the absence of key members as an issue. It will serve as a great opportunity for me to make the most of it,” Uthappa said.
Another mighty talented batsman, who is finally getting the nod from the BCCI, after waiting in line for years is Manish Pandey. Pandey and Uthappa share a special bond as the two apart from representing the same state, have also played for the same IPL franchise in every edition. Pandey was first selected for India for the 2014 home series against West Indies, but the series got cancelled midway as the West Indians pulled out of the tour.
Like Uthappa, Pandey too is geared up for the challenge and hopes to excel in the tour. “Yes, that was disappointing, to get picked and then the series getting cancelled. But then these things aren’t in our control and so it’s no good brooding over these issues. Having said that I don’t think I’ll be unlucky for the second time,” Pandey said.