IPL 2012: Lot to learn from Sourav Ganguly, says Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa has been the highest run scorer for Pune Warriors India in IPL 2012 AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Pune: May 4, 2012

After some scintillating performances in the early part of the tournament, four consecutive losses have taken Pune Warriors India (PWI) to No. 8 position in the Indian Premier League (IPL) standings.

Robin Uthappa has shown a lot of promise in the fifth edition of IPL and has been PWI s highest run scorer this season. His performances have ensured that PWI still has hope of making it to the playoffs.

After losing the thriller against Mumbai Indians (MI) by one run, Uthappa said, “It s so hard to say when you lose by one run. There are so many ifs and buts when you lose by one run, like we could have run one run harder or shouldn t have given a wide or boundary, etc. It has happened with us quite a few times with us this season but this is cricket.”

He added, “We were batting so well and we knew we had a chance. The wicket was a little difficult to bat on as the ball was keeping low and gripping. We thought if we went down to the wire we would give ourselves the best chance and we did go down to the wire but unfortunately couldn t pull this off.”

Talking about Pune s chances diminishing to make it to the playoffs with loss, the batsman from Coorg said, “I think it has been that kind of season for us but we still have five games to go. We are a very strong side and we have been doing really well. We are not a side that has been dominated; we have lost a lot of close games. We came out pretty hard today and bowled really well but we have to get our batting and bowling going at the same time. All of us are working really hard and all of us want to win really badly. Hopefully we can do it in the next five games.”

The PWI wicketkeeper-batsman is in awe of the inspiring presence of Sourav Ganguly and his brilliant captaincy. “He brings in a lot of experience and a lot of ideas. Someone who can give us a good piece of advice as far as cricket is concerned. He speaks so well about the game because he has a lot of knowledge. He has been one of the best captains the country has produced and has scored more than eleven-and-a-half thousand international runs. There is so much to learn from that guy,” he said.

Uthappa also acknowledges the fact that his wicket keeping hasn t been up to the mark. But he is a willing learner. ” I would want to improve my keeping skills. I have been doing this part-time keeping job for quite some time now and I would definitely want to change that,” The PWI wicketkeeper said.

He is also quite sure that the Pune team can make it to the playoffs of IPL 2012.