Indian keeper-batsman Robin Uthappa is one of the most successful players at the domestic level. While Robin Uthappa continues to play first-class cricket for Kerala and regularly in the IPL, he has not played for India since more than five years. Nevertheless, Uthappa strongly believes that he will return to national colours soon. Currently, he is gearing up for the 13th edition of the IPL.
Having made his debut in 2006, Robin Uthappa featured in 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is, hitting seven half-centuries in total. The gloveman was part of India’s squad that lifted the T20 World Cup in 2007.
However, he could not maintain consistency. The selectors opted for the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, who yielded better returns. As a result, he fell out of the selectors’ queue.
Robin Uthappa, who will play for Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming season, believes that if they enjoy a fruitful season and if he piles on a truckload of runs, he can return to national colours. Robin averages 25.94 from 46 ODIs and 24.90 from 13 T20Is.
“I certainly believe that if we have a great season in the IPL, wonderful things could happen to me and even bring me back into the reckoning for the Indian team,” the Kerala-born cricketer told in a video reply to a fan question posted by Rajasthan Royals on social media
I am someone who is always positive as a human being: Robin Uthappa
The 34-year old added that he has always been optimistic and opts to look for silver linings in any situation. Hence, Robin Uthappa has a strong willing that he would represent India and help them achieve the desired goals. The veteran stated that his dream is very much alive for now.
“I am someone who is always positive as a human being and I look for silver linings even in negative situations. So my conviction is really strong that god willing, that I will be able to represent my country again and bring laurels to it.
“I hope that happens. Anyone who plays competitive cricket hopes to play for the country and bring laurels to the country. So the dream is very much alive,” Robin Uthappa said.