Robin Uthappa September 4, 2010

'I thought I could get away with murder'

Unfit? Check. Arrogant? Check. Unfocussed? Check. Robin Uthappa has learnt life's lessons, and is ready to do anything for what he once took for granted - big-time cricket
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It was 2007. They said he didn't look fit. They said he had been reduced to two shots - a paddle scoop and a desperate walk down the track. They said he was arrogant, that he had got ahead of himself. That Robin Uthappa was over. Aged 21.

Uthappa grew up with such accusations directed at him: unfit, over-confident, arrogant, a front-foot thumper. The stories were familiar. Everyone had heard the one about his mother suggesting he ask Rahul Dravid for an autograph, only to have her son reply, "I want to give, not take autographs."

The one about his weight, however, is not so well known. At the age of 10, an attack of epilepsy meant he had to take steroid medication for three-and-a-half years. It slowed his metabolism and made him susceptible to putting on weight, leading to a life-long battle against the bulge.

Things haven't changed much. Uthappa is still battling the same perceptions.

"I need not only to be fit but also to look fit," he says. "If I don't train for a week, I put on four kilos. You can imagine what happens if I don't train for a month. Post-IPL I was 85kgs. I went into surgery [for a shoulder injury] at 89 kilos." After surgery he didn't train for 21 days. He started rehab at 95 kilos.

It has to be depressing. "It's like hitting a wall," he says. "Day in, day out you hit the gym and work really hard but you feel like you are not getting any results." After the surgery Uthappa checked his weight every week. No movement on the scale. Still the after-effects of the old battle with epilepsy. Uthappa looks fit now, but he knows it's a never-ending struggle.

Arrogance, the second sin, shadowed him for long and he admits as much. When he played the first IPL, just on the heels of a World Twenty20 triumph, the familiar traps followed: money, fame and narcissism. "I was 21-22, we had just won the World Cup, and I thought I could get away with murder, man," Uthappa says.

It's the burden of his generation, and it looks like Uthappa's story is repeated in a dozen youngsters around. The system and its "benefits" can leave a young cricketer vulnerable to temptation and unaware of how to handle fame and fortune.

He says it wasn't the usual distractions like parties and late nights that had bothered him. "I stopped working as hard as I used to. My work ethics definitely suffered. I would rather stay in the room rather than get some work done in the gym. I would rather hit 20 balls less than 40 more, like I used to do in the past."

"Fame does funny things," Sadanand Viswanath, an eighties star who burnt out early, once said. "The adoration from fans is indescribable. You have to be there to understand it." Uthappa does. "Money, certainly, is a factor," he says. "When you are suddenly earning so much, you get ahead of yourself."

An entourage mushrooms around you, of the kind of people a young athlete ends up attracting. "You get people who tell you what you want to hear, you slack off," Uthappa adds, "Worse, you don't even know you are slacking. It happens more and more, especially with the kind of money that's come into the game now."

I can't be a Rahul Dravid. I can't be a grafter. I don't have the flexibility of Sachin. I am someone whose strength is aggression. I am more in the mould of Hayden, Sehwag or Dhoni. I have decided that's how I am going to play from now on

Some cricketers never realise they have derailed. It struck Uthappa just before the CB Series in Australia two years ago. "We were playing Pakistan in India and I realised I had already done a lot of damage to my career," he says. "I realised I had to make changes and do it quickly. I tried to do it in the CB Series, but after the new selection committee came in. The Asia Cup in 2008 was the last game I played. I had no real role in that tournament, and Suresh Raina came really good, and they had to leave me out.

"It took a while for me to adjust, but I am really happy that I realised by myself that I was going off track and realised pretty quickly. I remember thinking, 'S**t, I'm getting ahead of myself and should hold back.' Even then I guess it was a little late to realise."

He is 24 now. He reflects on that phase of his life and talks about what youngsters need in times like the ones he went through. "I think one has to have a guide, a mentor they can talk to, trust, and blindly believe what they say," he says. "It could be a fellow player, a coach or parents. If that other person says you are crap right now, you close your eyes and believe that is so. Thankfully due to my education and upbringing, I realised soon that I was heading the wrong way. I have understood that there are lines a player can and cannot cross and I have mended my ways."

If that indeed is true - and there is no reason not to believe him - it's only the beginning of the battle. Uthappa started his campaign to return to the Indian team on the domestic circuit. He had a reasonable 2009 season, but flopped in that year's IPL. The domestic season that followed wasn't great, but the IPL 2010 was. His power-packed cameos put him back on the map. It also helped him understand the path ahead.

"I can't be a Rahul Dravid. I can't be a grafter," Uthappa says. "I don't have the flexibility of Sachin, who can graft and attack at his own will. I am someone whose strength is aggression. I am more in the mould of Hayden, Sehwag or Dhoni. I have decided that's how I am going to play from now on."

The Champions League is the first step in his attempt to return to international cricket. Since the 2009 World Twenty20, many young Indian batsmen have floundered against short-pitched deliveries. Uthappa sees the Champions League as an opportunity to showcase his skill. "I grew up on matting wickets, and pull shots come naturally to me. The South African pitches will offer bounce and should be ideal for such shots."

He has said he will concentrate on his keeping, and now aims to fill that role for India in the limited-overs formats. He also says he has relinquished the opening slot, and will seek a role in the middle order. It's not going to be easy. He still has a long way to go. The good news is, Uthappa knows it and is ready for the long haul.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • Jose on September 6, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Uthappa was surely Arrogant, Over-confidant brat & hope he is matured now. However, IPL is not the best platform to judge anyone's form or skills & we have already been cheated by those misconceptions while experimenting with many youngsters. Regarding Uthappa, he still short of variety of shots that needed to play on all batting conditions. He is good only on flat pitches. He should spend sometime in English counties to improve his batting skills against moving ball. Whatsoever,Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan & Nayar (all-rounder) should be preferred over Uthappa. Since, Uthappa is good only in shorter format of the game.

  • kuttis on September 6, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Hi uthapa u r lways in my indian one day eleven and t t20 team.I think the selectors will recognise u.Next 1 year is important for u.If u can perform they cant reject u .Other youngsters are all failure now.Without u india suffered the last 2 20-20 wrld cups..But i dnt think they will consider u for the cmng wrld cup bcuause ther team may b already fixed.We r waiting to c u playing 4 india.

  • Farce-Follower on September 6, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Smart man, this Uthappa...realised that as long as Srikkanth and Dhoni are in charge it would be Vijay and Dinesh Karthick as defaults (even if there scores were to look like a computer binary code - 01011001110). Life's not fair kid. Pak has match fixing, India has team fixing.

  • Mahesh_RCBfan on September 6, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Hi Robin..Nim pakka fan nanu. All the best .I 'm waiting for u see u gain in India team

  • umsaze on September 6, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Yes, one has to agree that fame does come to someone who knows how to make fortune from it. Uthappa, surely has power, but mental strength and detrermination can bring the stability that is required to constantly rise from fall. Good luck to you, Uthappa.

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on September 5, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    If Srikanth did not pick up Utappa, and again select Dinesh Karthick, he needs some special treatment. It is so sad to beleive it is the same Srikanth as caption, who had a fight to pick up Raman Lamba in the team for pakistan tour. Age should make people more good, not going from good to worse

  • amit1807kuwait on September 5, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    I hope its not one of those "planted articles" designed to generate positive vibes for Uthappa. Hope the cynic in me is incorrect, and the youngster is actually seeing what he is saying!

  • nayakiarun on September 5, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    srikanth and team should look for Robin and Irfan , they are neglecting these guys .

  • nayakiarun on September 5, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Robin is the best player compare to the current youngsters ,he is an aggressive batsman you can't compare rohit with robin .robin has to get the chance tp play for india again ,hope he will get to play against aus,nz this season.

  • imad_lala on September 5, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    when there is uthapa and rohit in the team why the team can lost the match bcoz they are the perfct batsman all around the world. good luck uthapa. well come back.

  • Jose on September 6, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Uthappa was surely Arrogant, Over-confidant brat & hope he is matured now. However, IPL is not the best platform to judge anyone's form or skills & we have already been cheated by those misconceptions while experimenting with many youngsters. Regarding Uthappa, he still short of variety of shots that needed to play on all batting conditions. He is good only on flat pitches. He should spend sometime in English counties to improve his batting skills against moving ball. Whatsoever,Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan & Nayar (all-rounder) should be preferred over Uthappa. Since, Uthappa is good only in shorter format of the game.

  • kuttis on September 6, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Hi uthapa u r lways in my indian one day eleven and t t20 team.I think the selectors will recognise u.Next 1 year is important for u.If u can perform they cant reject u .Other youngsters are all failure now.Without u india suffered the last 2 20-20 wrld cups..But i dnt think they will consider u for the cmng wrld cup bcuause ther team may b already fixed.We r waiting to c u playing 4 india.

  • Farce-Follower on September 6, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Smart man, this Uthappa...realised that as long as Srikkanth and Dhoni are in charge it would be Vijay and Dinesh Karthick as defaults (even if there scores were to look like a computer binary code - 01011001110). Life's not fair kid. Pak has match fixing, India has team fixing.

  • Mahesh_RCBfan on September 6, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Hi Robin..Nim pakka fan nanu. All the best .I 'm waiting for u see u gain in India team

  • umsaze on September 6, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Yes, one has to agree that fame does come to someone who knows how to make fortune from it. Uthappa, surely has power, but mental strength and detrermination can bring the stability that is required to constantly rise from fall. Good luck to you, Uthappa.

  • Cricket_observer_from_1982 on September 5, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    If Srikanth did not pick up Utappa, and again select Dinesh Karthick, he needs some special treatment. It is so sad to beleive it is the same Srikanth as caption, who had a fight to pick up Raman Lamba in the team for pakistan tour. Age should make people more good, not going from good to worse

  • amit1807kuwait on September 5, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    I hope its not one of those "planted articles" designed to generate positive vibes for Uthappa. Hope the cynic in me is incorrect, and the youngster is actually seeing what he is saying!

  • nayakiarun on September 5, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    srikanth and team should look for Robin and Irfan , they are neglecting these guys .

  • nayakiarun on September 5, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Robin is the best player compare to the current youngsters ,he is an aggressive batsman you can't compare rohit with robin .robin has to get the chance tp play for india again ,hope he will get to play against aus,nz this season.

  • imad_lala on September 5, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    when there is uthapa and rohit in the team why the team can lost the match bcoz they are the perfct batsman all around the world. good luck uthapa. well come back.

  • India_boy on September 4, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    uthappas biggst shortcoming is the drive thru midwicket n cut thru pint, if he can master these shots, hes bettr than ne of the youngsters, spcly jadeja,karthi n rohit sharma, confidence has nvr been a problm wth uthappa, wht he needs is proper guidance frm the seniors, all da best dude,,,

  • the_blue_android on September 4, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Hey Robin - I'm a big fan of you and I know you will read the comments here for sure :) . I know its your nature and you like to find out what people think about you. I have a suggestion for you as far as fitness is concerned. I don't know if you already do this but I suggest you change your work out schedule a little. We all know that all upper body injuries are caused by weak core and a heavy torso. Instead of spending endless hours at the gym doing weights and cardio which can be very very boring, I suggest you swim at least 2 miles every day. There is no better way to build core fitness than swimming. I'm 29 now and I had weight and fitness issues till I was 28. My upper body was always weak and I had back pains. I started swimming seriously last year and I do long distance swimming now and my core is super fit now. No back pains, no weight gain as you burn tons of calories with swimming and it is not boring.

  • Arijit_in_TO on September 4, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    He is not Test class and can only play T20 and ODIs on placid, batsmen friendly tracks. I am all for second and third chances but seriously, there must be others more deserving?

  • howizzat on September 4, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Srikkanth cannot keep ignore continuously the credentials of players like Uthappa and Irfan. Hopefully Robbie will get the call in the forthcomong series against aussies and cement his place, the way Gambhir and Raina did. Yeah I also suggest Robbie to keep wickets for Karnataka in Ranji Circuits.

  • manasvi_lingam on September 4, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Far too many people who can keep wicket and bat. Dinesh karthik has been the backup keeper. There's N. Ojha who had an excellent IPL last year and then there are two batsmen who have become keepers: Rayudu and Uthappa

  • CaptainMurugan on September 4, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    " I am more in the mould of Hayden, Sehwag or Dhoni" ..LOL ..maybe Dhoni is a fair comparison but please leave out the first two names .. It will get you into trouble for smearing their reputation.

  • thenkabail on September 4, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Second chance for Uttappa a must: Everything written in this article by Sreeram Vera is right. Uttappa, we all knew had lost himself. His behaviour, attitute.....everything was wrong. But is last IPL we saw a new Uttappa- committed, humble, team player!!. Everyone deserves a second chance and Uttappa certainly does. Indeed, he is an easy replacement for Dinesh Karthik. The Indian world cup team (and preparations must start now) should include: Sachin, Shewag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Dravid, Dhoni, Abhishek Nayar, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Praveen Kumar, Ashis Nehra, Ishat Sharma, Jaidev Unadkat, Robin Uttappa, and Rohit Sharma. Uttappa can come in if any one of the first 6 batsmen are not in top form or injured.

  • Alexk400 on September 4, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I am big robin uthappa fan. But i get mad everytime he get front foot LBW. He needs to be ready to hit the ball like sehwag does flick. or straigt drive. He has strength to play shot ball. He is sehwag on his days. He can be ruthless in middle order. His position should be 5. He can replace yuvaraj. or come after yuvi.

    Sometime i really do not waht he is doing. I am tired of his paddle scoop and gets out. He needs to proper shot or cut shot or drive. He should play table tennis to get idea for all angle shots.

  • vinayjayaram on September 4, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Good luck Robin..We love to see you play..We want to see you play for India again..Wishing you a great CLT20 and a bright future in Indian colors..

  • on September 4, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    He is a far better player of short bowling (not moving ball) than any of the youngsters who have been tried and tested and failed in past 1 yr, by purely his ability of his batting alone and clearing the grounds he shd be in the team. u can say tht he is better equipped and talented yousuf pathan, who is not vulnerable against the short ball. this CL T20 he will prove it.

  • K.D.Reddy on September 4, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Rubie if u read this a small suggestion. if u want to improve your KEEPING, keep the wickets for karnataka in RANJI trophy...

  • ashish_soni on September 4, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Utthapa deserves a chance after seen many of our youngster struggling in the middle order since long time and he will make our middle order more stronger and point out we will have sehwag, gambhir, sachin, yuvraj, raina, utthapa, dhoni, kohli/sharma/pathan for batting so good luck utthapa, we will watch u in champions league.

  • KeithArtherton on September 4, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Frankly today VIRAT KOHLI is what ROBIN was during those days..Virat shud be dropped & Robbie shud be in..Selectors r pushing Delhi cricketers for no logic et al.

  • K.D.Reddy on September 4, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    One factor that seperates rubie from other youngsters is "hitting SHORT PITCH ball straight over site screen or mid wicket for a six". that one factor is enough to take him into INDIA TEAM.

  • rameshrchandran on September 4, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Uthappa is not the fist and will not be the last. The National Cricket Academy must have a team of expert sports psychatrists to help cricketrs. Cricketers at various stages of their career need help. So need help to handle the adulation some need help to come out of injuries and bad form. This is the way professional sports are played the world over and cricket is no exception.

  • StarveTheLizard on September 4, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    This story is exactly why the IPL is so good for cricket. It allows everyone to see these guys play.

    In the bad old days, if he never made the test eleven again then his talent would be lost to most of us. The IPL gives him an opportunity to display his brilliant style to the world.

    That being said, here's hoping he achieves his dream.

  • AusDarin on September 4, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Mate! you deserve a comeback. You can be hold a place as a specialist batsman inplace of Rohit Sharma for sure. Dont worry about putting on weight, you are still lighterand more agile than Rohit Sharma. Atleast if you play a poor shot you think about it unlike Rohit who waits for the umpire to give him a second chance to bat. Hats off for selfevaluating yourself and trying hard to improve.

  • brija on September 4, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Robin had a great ipl in 2010.He played some great knocks there.i was surprised that he was not picked up to play for india during 2010.probably he was unfit and was to have his shoulder surgery.i wish him great tournament in champion's league.he must initially get into thr indian t20 team and then can work his way up to 50 over teams.he must focus on an aggressive style of play as he did during ipl.players like robin uttahpa and virender sehwag are like diamonds and need to be handled properly by selectors.

  • royalg on September 4, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    It's gud too see Uthappa has cum out and told wat happened to him when all this IPL and world cup success got to his head, BUT this lad is a gud ODI player and deserve's another chance for sure and shud repalce YUVRAJ SINGH in my opionon. he has all the shots played brilliant in IPL 2010 waiting too see him in champions league and praying he does well and then gets in the ODI team to play AUSTRALIA, soooo excited too see this man and YUSUF PATHAN make a return

  • rajesh9pl on September 4, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Robin Uthappa should have played all the ODIs and T20s ahead of Dinesh Karthik. DK is only suitable for test matches when Dhoni is injured. RU should also played all the matches ahead of out of form Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma. He could have also played ahead of Mulri Vijay whenever he failed. RU is good backup to Dhoni for ODIs and T20s too, because he can keep wicket.

  • rohit_verma on September 4, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Nice to see Robin taking a step back to see what he wants from himself. However, it must be said that one needs to be able to adjust to the situation of the game and play accordingly. He takes the example of Dhoni but one look at him will show how a pure aggressor has shown tremendous qualities of grafting to take the team through when the team needs it the most. Dravid once said that he cannot understand what people mean when they say that they want to play their natural game because an international cricketer needs to play as per the situation and work towards the team's cause. Dravid is heard because he has earned the respect over the years by showing what it means to be an international cricketer.

  • sekharbi on September 4, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    All the best Robin....I have been a firm believer that if you improve wicket keeping there is always an opportunity to come back into the Indian team. Good to see that you are taking wicket keeping seriously,

  • sweetspot on September 4, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    So? Robin Uthappa has realized a few truths about life. Great. Does that in itself deserve any credit? Not if the other stellar examples are anything to go by. How come Dhoni, Raina, and a host of others are just so incredibly focussed that even though they make much more money than Uthappa, do not ever seem to get carried away? I love the way Robin talks openly about things he is undergoing, and that is very emotionally mature of him and we should be grateful to the insights he is providing, but ahead of him lies the path of a warrior - unforgiving, demanding, and without the promise of glory. To walk on that path will take a lot of character, and very little talk. He has great examples to follow, but may he find his own self in that journey.

  • asokk on September 4, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    hi robin bhai, i likely to see u in forthcoming worldcup 2011 so plz workhard to be in team ahead of virat kohli and rohit sharma really u r far better player then them...

  • fkauser on September 4, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Hi Robin ........there are very less people in this world who realise themself that they are on wrong trak and hats of to you that you are one of them..........I am a great fan of you i still remember a great shot of yours in 1st T20 WORLD CUP you hit a six walking down the track against australia that was a great straight six ..I want to see many more sixes like that so r u ready :) best of luck for your future and god bless you

  • ashok16 on September 4, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Dude, only 11 people can play for India and statiscally the odds that you will get a permanent spot are very low. Dont obsess over playing for India, just wherever you play, do it well. And a random fact, Vinayak Samant has won more Ranji titles than you have and never even came close to playing for India.

  • dhammu on September 4, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Thats a GOOD NEWS indeed!! Robin.. you are a special talent.. nice to see that you accept your mistakes and look forward to reconstruct yourself.. which is extremely important for indian cricket.. WC 2011 is approaching us and YOU have to play for india and win it for us.. all the best!!

  • Dineja on September 4, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    well robin all the best for u'r career , i hope this champions league 2010 will be turning point of u'r career take care

  • india_rulzz on September 4, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Hey Robin if u read this. I remember playing cricket with you on the streets of Fort in Mumbai when u were here for the Royal Stag shooting with Mahi and Yuvi. I shook hands of the other to but you wunt even care to. I thought at that time man shit wat an arrogant man he is, but still wanted to see you play for As Long As Possible. Have been following you quite a lot and do realise the talent you've got man. Congats to you that you've realised your mistakes so early in life. Hope to see you in Team India ASAP. India needs you. We the FANS need you too. Just ROCK man. And please (it's just a personal request) tell players like Virat (have also met him at Kolkata Airport), Rohit (Played against him at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana), etc. the same what you have learned from life. These are also exceptional talents. Lets ROCK Guyzzz. Get us the CWC 2011. Regards Nikhil Dubaria.

  • evenflow_1990 on September 4, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    good luck to him. he's a good batsman to watch.

  • XIMONA on September 4, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    i was always a fan of robin Uthappa , i still rem his few 1st games in the 50 over ODI format , Once he opened for India & made some 70 odd runs & then threw up his wicket , from there onwards i knew that he will be soon dropped from the team & will need a rehab. good to know that he has realized what he wants to achieve in life.

  • raopreetam on September 4, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Good luck robin, Hate to see a player like you go down, after sachin , sehwags batting, i personally always wanted you to play well, except when you play against Deccan chargers :) Good luck

  • Sach_is_Life on September 4, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    All the best Robin..When saw u 1st I was really excited ..but somehow u didn't reach those expectations..but u're still young and I'm sure u'll come gud 4 India..Waiting 2 see u in Team India..:)

  • bharathsrajan on September 4, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    all the best Robin.. hope you get fast-tracked into Indian ODI and T20 teams

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  • bharathsrajan on September 4, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    all the best Robin.. hope you get fast-tracked into Indian ODI and T20 teams

  • Sach_is_Life on September 4, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    All the best Robin..When saw u 1st I was really excited ..but somehow u didn't reach those expectations..but u're still young and I'm sure u'll come gud 4 India..Waiting 2 see u in Team India..:)

  • raopreetam on September 4, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Good luck robin, Hate to see a player like you go down, after sachin , sehwags batting, i personally always wanted you to play well, except when you play against Deccan chargers :) Good luck

  • XIMONA on September 4, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    i was always a fan of robin Uthappa , i still rem his few 1st games in the 50 over ODI format , Once he opened for India & made some 70 odd runs & then threw up his wicket , from there onwards i knew that he will be soon dropped from the team & will need a rehab. good to know that he has realized what he wants to achieve in life.

  • evenflow_1990 on September 4, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    good luck to him. he's a good batsman to watch.

  • india_rulzz on September 4, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Hey Robin if u read this. I remember playing cricket with you on the streets of Fort in Mumbai when u were here for the Royal Stag shooting with Mahi and Yuvi. I shook hands of the other to but you wunt even care to. I thought at that time man shit wat an arrogant man he is, but still wanted to see you play for As Long As Possible. Have been following you quite a lot and do realise the talent you've got man. Congats to you that you've realised your mistakes so early in life. Hope to see you in Team India ASAP. India needs you. We the FANS need you too. Just ROCK man. And please (it's just a personal request) tell players like Virat (have also met him at Kolkata Airport), Rohit (Played against him at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana), etc. the same what you have learned from life. These are also exceptional talents. Lets ROCK Guyzzz. Get us the CWC 2011. Regards Nikhil Dubaria.

  • Dineja on September 4, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    well robin all the best for u'r career , i hope this champions league 2010 will be turning point of u'r career take care

  • dhammu on September 4, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Thats a GOOD NEWS indeed!! Robin.. you are a special talent.. nice to see that you accept your mistakes and look forward to reconstruct yourself.. which is extremely important for indian cricket.. WC 2011 is approaching us and YOU have to play for india and win it for us.. all the best!!

  • ashok16 on September 4, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Dude, only 11 people can play for India and statiscally the odds that you will get a permanent spot are very low. Dont obsess over playing for India, just wherever you play, do it well. And a random fact, Vinayak Samant has won more Ranji titles than you have and never even came close to playing for India.

  • fkauser on September 4, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Hi Robin ........there are very less people in this world who realise themself that they are on wrong trak and hats of to you that you are one of them..........I am a great fan of you i still remember a great shot of yours in 1st T20 WORLD CUP you hit a six walking down the track against australia that was a great straight six ..I want to see many more sixes like that so r u ready :) best of luck for your future and god bless you