Robin Uthappa’s huge role in Rohit Sharma’s magum opus
Robin Uthappa contributed in the best way possible to help Rohit Sharma amass 264
Robin Uthappa contributed in the best way possible to help Rohit Sharma amass 264

When we look at a One-Day International (ODI) scoreboard of 404, what significance does a score of unbeaten run-a-ball 16 hold? Well in Robin Uthappa’s case on November 13, 2014 at Eden Gardens, it does demonstrate volumes about how cricket is indeed a team sport. While Rohit Sharma’s blitzkrieg enabled him to enter the record books, Uthappa’s restraint played a big role in Rohit’s figure reaching to 264. Rohit was batting on 155, when Uthappa walked in to bat with India at 276 for four in 40.2 overs. The duo then added 128 off 58 balls with Rohit scoring 109 off 42. ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma slams record 264 at Eden Gardens

Harsha Bhogle, in his Facebook page – rightly hailed Uthappa for his unselfish effort – mentioning, “It is tempting when one guy is belting the bowling for fun to believe that you too can. Or indeed, should. But if the team requires that the man in form faces most of the bowling, the other player must be a willing participant. There is glory in that too as in this extremely unselfish effort from Robin Uthappa. Notice in the last few overs, he only faces one ball per over and that is a single to put his partner in strike. He only made 16 but Uthappa can be proud of it.”

Uthappa had a remarkable domestic season and was making a comeback to the national team, also vying for an ICC Cricket World Cup berth. An attacking player by nature, Uthappa played a selfless knock for the sake of his team and batting partner at his Kolkata Knight Riders’ home ground. Out of the 16 balls faced by Uthappa, 12 were singles, helping Rohit retain the chunk of the strike.