Senior batsman and 2014 IPL winner, Robin Uthappa says that he would love to be the first batsman to break the 1000 run barrier in a season. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli holds the record for most runs in a single IPL season, when in 2016 he had a freakish tournament aggregating 973 runs smashing 4 centuries and 7 fifties.
Robin Uthappa was traded to the Chennai Super Kings from Rajasthan Royals ahead of the auction this year. He will now feature in the yellow of CSK under his 2007 T20 World Cup-winning skipper, MS Dhoni.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, the Karnataka-born Robin Uthappa was asked, “What IPL Record would you like to break?”
The right-hander responded, “To be the first guy to score 1000 runs in an IPL season.
“[Personal goal is] to contribute to as many victories as possible, win at least a handful of games for my team,” he added.
Robin Uthappa had a lacklustre season in the UAE last year with the Royals; he was shuffled up and down in the batting order and could manage to score 196 runs in 12 games at a strike rate of 119.51. The 35-year-old says that he is trying to re-invent his batting – Uthappa was the orange cap holder in KKR’s title-winning season – and therefore he is learning about batting biomechanics from the National Cricket Academy.
“As far as cricket is concerned, one of the newest things which I am learning about batting biomechanics. It is something that I am truly understanding; I am actually doing a coaching course at the moment with the NCA,” he revealed.
Beating Mumbai Indians would kind of send a message across that we mean business: Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa, who is one of the few players left who have played in the IPL since 2008, says that it would be a great boost for CSK if they can defeat defending champions Mumbai Indians. He believes that after an underwhelming season last year, a win over a dominant Mumbai team would send a strong message to other teams.
“Mumbai Indians is the team that I will be looking to play against and do well against. I think that has won and the championships they have, they are a formidable side. Playing them and beating them would kind of send a message across that we mean business. So that would be the team that we would like to beat,” Robin Uthappa, who played for MI in 2008, further stated.