After announcing their retained squad ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have now traded in the 35-year-old Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals (RR).
On Thursday (21st January) night, Chennai Super Kings announced their latest addition in the squad. CSK took their official social media accounts to confirm Robin Uthappa’s joining in the side.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 21, 2021
Talking about his new journey, Uthappa said according to Rajasthan Royals media release, “I really enjoyed my year at the Royals and had a great time being part of this franchise. I am now excited for the next part of my cricketing journey joining CSK for IPL 2021.”
Robin Uthappa is one of the very experienced players in the IPL history. While Uthappa has played 189 IPL matches, he is the sixth most capped player in IPL history. The right-handed batsman has scored 4607 IPL runs (average 27.92; strike-rate 129.99), including 24 half-centuries (Highest Score – 87). In the IPL history, he is the ninth highest run-scorer.
Chennai Super Kings: Robin Uthappa’s 6th IPL team
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings is the sixth IPL team for Robin Uthappa. He started his IPL career in 2008 when he served for Mumbai Indians (MI). Then he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) during 2009 and 2010 seasons and Pune Warriors India (PWI) between 2011 and 2013. Then from 2014 to 2019, he served for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
After KKR released him ahead of the IPL 2020 auction, Rajasthan Royals (RR) bought him from the IPL 2020 auction for INR 3 crore. But he hadn’t a good time in the entire IPL 2020 in the UAE as he scored only 196 runs in 12 matches (average 16.33; strike-rate 119.51), including his highest score of 41 runs. It was his second worst performance in an IPL season, just behind of his IPL 2009 campaign (175 runs in 15 matches).
Now, CSK have traded in the experienced batsman from Rajasthan Royals.
Robin Uthappa won the Orange Cap in IPL 2014 and Maximum Sixes Award in IPL 2010
Robin Uthappa played a very important role for KKR to win the IPL 2014 trophy. In that season, Uthappa won the Orange Cap scoring 660 runs in 16 matches (average 44.00; strike-rate 137.78), including 5 half-centuries (Highest Score – 83*). After Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians; IPL 2010), Uthappa became the second Indian to win an Orange Cap in IPL history.
Earlier, in IPL 2010, RCB cricketer Uthappa won the Maximum Sixes Award for hitting 27 sixes in 16 matches.
While he had a great IPL career for KKR, Robin Uthappa is the second most T20 run-scorer for KKR as he scored 2649 T20 runs for this team.
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