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Robin Uthappa eying the Indian opening slot

Robin Uthappa impressed as an opener for KKR in the last IPL © Getty Images
Robin Uthappa impressed as an opener for KKR in the last IPL © Getty Images

Sep 1, 2014

With Rohit Sharma nursing a finger injury and Shikhar Dhawan struggling with his form, India discard Robin Uthappa is eager to earn the opening slot in the national team with some good performances in the upcoming season, which ends with 2015 World Cup. “I think we can do with another opener and I believe I have been justifying that with big performances. I am hopeful that few more good performances can give me back that spot,” he told on the sidelines of an event earmarking his association with Sports Mantra.

“I look myself clearly as an opening batsman and keep wickets if required. I have extremely good chance.” Asked about his chances to break into the Indian team for the 2015 World Cup, Uthappa said he is extremely confident as he has done well in the last two seasons being the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy as well as in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Absolutely I have hopes to get in. I have done well in last two seasons. I am the highest run-getter. Extremely confident of my ability as far as One-day International [ODI] is concerned. So, definitely looking forward for an opportunity,” he said. Uthappa said he is ready to play and would be playing his first Karnataka Premier League match in a couple of days.

“I am ready to play. In fact, I will be joining my Karnataka Premier League [KPL] team [Bellary Tuskers] tomorrow,” he said. Keen to use KPL as the window to get back into groove before the long season ahead, Uthappa said he needed to spend some time on his knee injury to make sure he did not go into the long-season with few niggles.

“I need to spend some time on my injury and make sure it is all fine. It is important because of the long season ahead which culminates with 2015 World Cup. You don’t want to get into the new season with a few niggles,” said Uthappa. He also said he is planning to join Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from September 13 onwards for the Champions League.

“I will join the team from [September] 13th onwards after KKR management gave me permission for the same,” he said. Asked whether he will have session with his personal coach Pravin Amre before starting off the new season, Uthappa said: “Definitely I would like to have a few sessions with him but he is busy with his assignment as the coach of Mumbai Ranji Team.”Uthappa said his game is falling into place. “I feel my game is falling into place and am settling down as well. It is being moulded. Only thing I just need to keep on improving is on what I have learnt. I don’t think you can master technique,” he said.

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