Robin Uthappa became first batsman to breach 1,000-run mark in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16 ©AFP
Robin Uthappa became first batsman to breach 1,000-run mark in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2015-16 ©AFP

Bengaluru: Karnataka’s opening batsman Robin Uthappa today hoped that he would get a “proper run” in international cricket to justify his talent. “Next time when I get to play for the country, hopefully, I will get a proper run at international level, score runs and justify my talent,” Uthappa told PTI after the launch of ‘My Country Run 2016’ here. In spite of giving superlative performances in the domestic matches, Uthappa has not found favours with the selectors. In the two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) he played against Sri Lanka, he batted in the middle instead of opening the innings.

“I am not looking for any position. I have the ability to play in any place the team wants me to play. Right now, my focus is to use the opportunity, if it comes, and win many matches for India,” he said. Uthappa further said he is happy with his performance and believes the national selectors will consider his case. I am happy the way I am performing. So, I am in a very good place, and I believe the selectors will pick me up,” he said.

Uthappa has been in a good nick, scoring heavily in Ranji Trophy and IPL. He set a new world record of scoring 40-plus runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in 11 consecutive T20 matches, which helped the team win the title after a poor start. Uthappa became first batsman to breach 1,000-run mark in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Uthappa achieved the milestone en route his knock of 48 against Odisha which enabled Karnataka to take an easy six wicket win.