Robin Uthappa is known for his explosive stroke-play © IANS (File Photo)
Robin Uthappa is known for his explosive stroke-play © IANS (File Photo)

Robin Uthappa has become the first batsman to register over 1,000 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This is testimony to the Karnataka batsman’s explosive abilities with the bat which have also made him a prominent name in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Uthappa achieved the milestone en route his knock of 48 against Odisha which enabled Karnataka to take an easy six wicket win. Uthappa is a Karnataka stalwart and has been with the team for a long time now. In all, Uthappa has played 183 T20 matches including games for India and IPL teams and has scored an astonishing 4,665 runs at an average of 29.71. ALSO READ: Karnataka slam Odisha by 6 wickets in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16

Uthappa will hope that this milestone brings him in focus of the national selectors and perhaps an opportunity for him to make a comeback in the near future. Uthappa’s team Karnataka has not being doing too well in this edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. They have played five games and won only two while facing defeat in the other three.

Uthappa will hope that his milestone helps inspire Karnataka from here on and that they can pull off a miracle to stay alive in the tournament. Uthappa is a senior member in the Karnataka side and he holds a strong sway in the mood of the team. This feat will help brighten his mood and is likely to give the team bit of a psychological uplift. Uthappa has been a bright spot in Karnataka’s dull campaign having scored 205 runs in the five games so far at an average of 41 and strike-rate of a magnificent 139.45.