Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Robin Uthappa hails Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy 2013-14 win as collective effort

Robin Uthappa has hailed the team atmosphere as a driving force ffor Karnataka's win © PTI
Robin Uthappa has hailed the team atmosphere as a driving force ffor Karnataka’s win © PTI


Hyderabad: Feb 2, 2014


Robin Uthappa, the Karnataka opening batsman has praised his team’s effort to win the Ranji Trophy 2013-14. The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad witnessed the Karnataka team paint the town red and celebrate a victory to savour.


It has truly been a team effort throughout the season with each player stepping up and performing. “Individually, everyone worked so hard. Everyone has seen each other work hard and collectively, we have worked hard. When you see your teammate working hard on his skill, you want to work hard on your own as well,” Uthappa said.


The team spirit in the Karnataka ranks was remarkable throughout the season. One could see a very united front; even during the final they were on the boundary cheering their troops. Uthappa said that there was no senior-junior culture in the dressing room.


“We just wanted to make sure that everyone is as comfortable as they can be. We all know what it takes, how a kid feels to come into the side, the pressure that he could be experiencing. We try to ease it up by putting an arm around his shoulder or chilling with him or go to a meal with him or make fun of him.


“It is not a collective decision so to speak, but one of the seniors would hangout with him. Suddenly, there is no senior-junior, it is one big family,” Uthappa said.


Incidentally, Uthappa was injured and missed a major part of the season. He returned for the quarter-finals and instantly contributed to the team’s cause when they were in trouble in that game against Uttar Pradesh. “Each one of us takes a lot of responsibility for our own performances and our contribution towards the team. When I came into the team, I was itching to contribute to the team. At 15 for three (in the first innings in the quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh), I said there could be no other better time to contribute to the team.”


And through all that, Rahul Dravid served an inspiration and Uthappa kept in touch with him during his recovery from injury.


Speaking about the belief in the camp, Uthappa said, “We collectively came together and started believing. We started approaching it. By the time we won the quarter-finals, few of us were having dreams of what we would do after winning. It’s really worked.” Uthappa also admitted that he dreamt of winning the Ranji Trophy during the quarter-finals and shared it with the whole team.


Uthappa also emphasized on the importance of winning the Ranji Trophy. He described the difficulties that go into making it happen for any side. “It is a test of character. You play for four days and you have three days and you need to travel from north to south and go to another centre. You need to win, you need to rest; there are so many things. God forbid you have an injury that point in time, you need to nurse it.


“There are so many things that go on, so many emotions go behind this. It is such a jam packed tournament. In two and a half months, you are playing 11 games – 45 to 50 days of cricket. When you go through so much, you see the importance of winning it,” Uthappa concluded.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi


Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts


CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi


IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

IPL 2009: Yusuf Pathan leads Rajasthan Royals to memorable win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Super Over

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore RR vs KXIP 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sachin Tendulkar greater than Don Bradman, claims new book titled ‘Greater Than Bradman’

Lasith Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captain, Lahiru Thirimanne vice captain in all formats

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014, Match 11 Preview: RCB look to maintain winning momentum

Peter Moores — Most unsuccessful England coach of modern times: Report

IPL 7: Chris Gayle returns as upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore face off against Kolkata Knight Riders

Meg Lanning, Arran Brindle and other women cricketers who have led at a younger age than ther male counterparts

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Aditya Verma waging war against BCCI for future of Bihar cricket

IPL 2014: Sunrisers Hyderabad need to have a relook at their top-heavy batting line-up

Hasan Raza: The youngest Test debutant

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Top 10 rock songs to take your workout to the next level

Top 6 natural remedies to keep your liver healthy

Janaki Vishwanathan: Yeh Hai Bakrapur has been getting widespread appreciation even before its release

DGCA allows in-flight use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014, Match 11 Preview: RCB look to maintain winning momentum

India Elections 2014: How does an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) work?

An astonishing list of women cricketers who captained at a younger age than their male counterparts

Kajol: A visual delight as a pin-up girl!

Also on