Dravid's batting style won't suit me, says Uthappa

Robin Uthappa says he has been in good touch for the last five months after a mediocre IPL 2011 for Pune Warriors Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Nagpur: Oct 14, 2011

Robin Uthappa who scored a blistering half-century and a century in the recently-concluded NKP Slave Challenger trophy for India Green has said that he cannot change his aggressive batting style.

Uthappa said, “I am an instinctive player; when I feel like going for a shot, I back myself and go for it. There are advantages and disadvantages of instinctive and aggressive batsman. When it comes up right, it looks beautiful, but the same shot looks ugly when you get out.

“I am definitely trying to play longer because if I do that it would be beneficial for the side I am playing for. I am working hard on that, but you don’t expect results overnight.

“I have played cricket one way all my life. It’s better for me to continue playing the way I have been playing. If I play like Rahul Dravid or S Badrinath, I won’t be very successful. I am going to play aggressively, that brings out the best in me. That’s the way my team and people like me to bat.”

Robin Uthappa added that he has been in good touch for the last five months after a mediocre IPL 2011 for Pune Warriors.

He was quoted in ESPN Cricinfo as saying, “I have been playing my natural game in the last four or five months. I enjoy myself when I open the batting and I really feel I am coming into my own. The season has just begun. It will be a very important season, especially with the Ranji Trophy coming up. I am ready for the challenge.”

Uthappa said that hye was enjoying the role of an opener and will aim to cement his place in Indian team as an opener.”I enjoy opening.I play my best at the top of the order and when things go my way more often than not I put the team into a good position. When I played for the Indian team, I chose to bat up and down the order for the sake of the team. But now I will stick to the opening slot. It’s a good start to the season and I will try to build on it,” said Uthappa.