India news October 13, 2011

I can't bat like Dravid - Uthappa

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Robin Uthappa smashed a half-century and a century in the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, while opening the batting for India Green, and is looking forward to what will be an important domestic season for him. Uthappa has not played for India since 2008 but believes his route back to the national side could be built based on an insistence on opening and playing his natural game.

"I enjoy opening," he told the Times of India. "I play my best at the top of the order and when things go my way more often than not I put the team into a good position. When I played for the Indian team, I chose to bat up and down the order for the sake of the team. But now I will stick to the opening slot. It's a good start to the season and I will try to build on it."

In the first match of the Challenger Trophy, he reached 56 in quick time before playing a rash shot that led to his dismissal and a subsequent collapse, but Uthappa says he won't curb his attacking instincts.

"I am an instinctive player; when I feel like going for a shot, I back myself and go for it. There are advantages and disadvantages of instinctive and aggressive batsman. When it comes up right, it looks beautiful, but the same shot looks ugly when you get out. I am definitely trying to play longer because if I do that it would be beneficial for the side I am playing for. I am working hard on that, but you don't expect results overnight.

"I have played cricket one way all my life. It's better for me to continue playing the way I have been playing. If I play like Rahul Dravid or S Badrinath, I won't be very successful. I am going to play aggressively, that brings out the best in me. That's the way my team and people like me to bat."

Uthappa had a mediocre IPL 2011 for Pune Warriors, not managing a half-century in 14 matches, but says he has been in good touch for the last five months.

"I have been playing my natural game in the last four or five months. I enjoy myself when I open the batting and I really feel I am coming into my own. The season has just begun. It will be a very important season, especially with the Ranji Trophy coming up. I am ready for the challenge."

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  • annys on October 14, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    when it comes to limited overs game uthappa is very good, he proved it in t20 world cup which India won.I think if sehwag or gambhir are absent uthappa should be the next option and also think he is much better than parthiv,vijay.All the best robin :)

  • kasyapm on October 14, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    What is arrogant about Uthappa's statement? Dravid's and Sehwag's styles are definitely different and he just quoted that he is not a grafter.

  • on October 14, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    I think people are just commenting without even reading the full article. I feel he's a much better option to play instead of parthiv patel as utthapa is a pure match winner and looking into the future he is a great prospect to replace sehwag as their style of playing is similar and utthapa doesnt have any flaws in his batting technique just to make it right dnt think that i m making comments against parthivs technique or sehwags but i dnt see parthiv patel as a match winner. and please guys the guy just said that he can't bat like dravid so don't go out throwing bombs at him

  • on October 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    i think the "like dravid" part is redundant!

  • ajeet_211 on October 14, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @nani_cool21 i think you are very close to badri or dravid if selectors ignoring his performance for last three years it doesn't mean he has no class even sehwag/dhoni got success with different style of batting.selectors can give chance to vijay or dhawan but not uthappa. its irony to Indian cricket that players like uthappa ignored all times

  • on October 14, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    What is so arrogant about what Uthappa said..He just said his style is different when compared to Dravid..Only Dravid can be succesfful by batting in such a manner and not Uthappa..

  • AjitNarayan on October 14, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Why are people taking this so seriously and calling him arrogant? He's simply saying his game style is not that of Dravid's (patiently building an innings). The title is of this article is not right... it's taken out of context.

  • nikhilbengeri on October 14, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Well Mr. Robin Uthappa. U cant bat like Dravid, thats why U r not in the Indian Team. But don get too carried away by scoring jus one century. Keep your feet on the ground mate. Dravid has played in all the positions. (He never brags that he HAS to bat at no.3). So jus be a lil careful before making such annoying comments. May be your intention was not like everyone has presumed. But try to talk something sense. Dont show your domestic-cricket-level attitude. I still wish you all the best..

  • on October 14, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Uthappa has only said that he can't bat like Dravid.Most of the comments are as if he has said that he can bat like Dravid.........

  • on October 14, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Recent comments of Uthappa & Bhajji show thier desire to be back in the Indian team. In thier own arrogant style , one is saying --- " You dont have Sachin & SEhwag.. So, Why dont you pick me as the opener to partner Gaouti""... The other is saying. " I had been bowling well for India for 13 years. I benefited as a youngster from three former Indian Captains. Some of the emerging spinners can benefit from my guidance. Anyway Dhony's captaincy is declining. Make me the Captain"

  • annys on October 14, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    when it comes to limited overs game uthappa is very good, he proved it in t20 world cup which India won.I think if sehwag or gambhir are absent uthappa should be the next option and also think he is much better than parthiv,vijay.All the best robin :)

  • kasyapm on October 14, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    What is arrogant about Uthappa's statement? Dravid's and Sehwag's styles are definitely different and he just quoted that he is not a grafter.

  • on October 14, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    I think people are just commenting without even reading the full article. I feel he's a much better option to play instead of parthiv patel as utthapa is a pure match winner and looking into the future he is a great prospect to replace sehwag as their style of playing is similar and utthapa doesnt have any flaws in his batting technique just to make it right dnt think that i m making comments against parthivs technique or sehwags but i dnt see parthiv patel as a match winner. and please guys the guy just said that he can't bat like dravid so don't go out throwing bombs at him

  • on October 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    i think the "like dravid" part is redundant!

  • ajeet_211 on October 14, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @nani_cool21 i think you are very close to badri or dravid if selectors ignoring his performance for last three years it doesn't mean he has no class even sehwag/dhoni got success with different style of batting.selectors can give chance to vijay or dhawan but not uthappa. its irony to Indian cricket that players like uthappa ignored all times

  • on October 14, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    What is so arrogant about what Uthappa said..He just said his style is different when compared to Dravid..Only Dravid can be succesfful by batting in such a manner and not Uthappa..

  • AjitNarayan on October 14, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Why are people taking this so seriously and calling him arrogant? He's simply saying his game style is not that of Dravid's (patiently building an innings). The title is of this article is not right... it's taken out of context.

  • nikhilbengeri on October 14, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Well Mr. Robin Uthappa. U cant bat like Dravid, thats why U r not in the Indian Team. But don get too carried away by scoring jus one century. Keep your feet on the ground mate. Dravid has played in all the positions. (He never brags that he HAS to bat at no.3). So jus be a lil careful before making such annoying comments. May be your intention was not like everyone has presumed. But try to talk something sense. Dont show your domestic-cricket-level attitude. I still wish you all the best..

  • on October 14, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Uthappa has only said that he can't bat like Dravid.Most of the comments are as if he has said that he can bat like Dravid.........

  • on October 14, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Recent comments of Uthappa & Bhajji show thier desire to be back in the Indian team. In thier own arrogant style , one is saying --- " You dont have Sachin & SEhwag.. So, Why dont you pick me as the opener to partner Gaouti""... The other is saying. " I had been bowling well for India for 13 years. I benefited as a youngster from three former Indian Captains. Some of the emerging spinners can benefit from my guidance. Anyway Dhony's captaincy is declining. Make me the Captain"

  • on October 13, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    u wont be able to bat like him coz u are not in team... :P if there were any chance for u to get in the team this comment ruins all of them :P

  • on October 13, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    You can't able to bat like Dravid or Badri

  • on October 13, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    lol cant understand why do ppl have to misinterpret purposeley statements nani_cool21 just kool down mate stop this bashing off anyone who speaks bit off arrogantly i mean as if you want everyone too be goody goody types.Utthapa only meant that he wants to play according to his strengths rather than emulating something which wont work for him.So stop this plane bashing.I have seen this bashing of ppl like harbhajan singh,kohli,yuvraj ppl keep on harping about their attitude and make these holy comments about being morally clean

  • HarishVS on October 13, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    what has he achieved for himself so far for Team India or for any team he has played for to say that he can't play like Dravid? Where is he to compare himself with Dravid! Dravid is not an opener either! What less has Dravid achieved in his legendary career by playing like Dravid! And what more is Uthappa going to achieve by playing not like Dravid! First of all, as it is already pointed out here, can he hold his bat like Dravid!

  • on October 13, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Uthappa should've played in Ind-Eng test series......then he would have said i can't bat like Praveen.........

  • on October 13, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    'u not only cant play like dravid but don't have a class of dravid..... to be a dravid player like you will have to take alteast 1000 births and then u might be able to hold bat like dravid......

  • on October 13, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    yes he is right. He cant bat like Dravid. Even he cant bat like Dravid in his next 7 births.

  • nani_cool21 on October 13, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Wow cant bat like dravid.Man u cant even bat like kohlis,rohits,rainsss.Please dont try to compare u r self with legends.Its an insult to them

  • hassan8690 on October 13, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    i totally agree with Bala Balasubramanian what he say is true

  • on October 13, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    See. That is the problem. You don't want to be yourself :D

  • santosh_master on October 13, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    "I cant play like Dravi"what an arrogance from utthapa.could have told in a better way than what he said definitely

  • bigdhonifan on October 13, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    He is far better than Murali Vijay!!! He can be in team wither Gambhir/Sehawag available!! He is just 25 years!

  • on October 13, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    OK so Robin Uthappa, how do u expect to ever get into the India ODI team with currently Ghambir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Rahane and Parthiv all doing well in that position for india??? Unless Ghambir and Sehwag suddenly drop dead i can't see Uthappa playing for india as an opener.

  • on October 13, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    We already know that ....... he didnt have to say it out loud .............the person who can ever show the promise dravid showed is Virat Kohli maybe Rohit sharma ...........

  • on October 13, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    thats why dravid has scored more than uthappa in ipl!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ubl2729 on October 13, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    these show selfless cricket in domestic leval also.

  • zig1 on October 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Guys dont be so harsh on Uthappa... he is a much better player than what u all have commented.... Cant play like dravid ?? Nobody can play like Dravid !!

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    nobody wants you to play like dravid.his attitude is really bad just after making a century he is speaking like he conquered the world.this type of attitude will ruin the team.if getting selected back in to the indian team is his sole desire then it is evident that he is self-player who won't be a team man

  • on October 13, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    This is the problem. You have failed several times at international level. Again several failures at domestic level. Fitness problem in between. Now, after making couple of innings against second level domestic opposition in a batsman friendly track, you started behaving big and expecting a call for national team. Please do well in Ranji and hope for failures (Parthiv in ODI and Mukund in test....anyway you are not of test class) to get a chance as backup player for Shewag & Gambhir.

  • on October 13, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    "I cant play like Dravid" Duh. Like anyone thought you ever could.

  • on October 13, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    who want u to play cricket?

  • Girishiyer on October 13, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Only Uthappa can do it, time and again. "I have variety of shots", I can play like Dravid". Try to be yourself if you wish to be in the team.

  • Naresh28 on October 13, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Is Uthappa the Shewag we need at the top for ODI? Work on it Robin if you so desire to get into the Indian team.

  • mihir1208 on October 13, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    yo man you rock!!!!! lets hope you make it back to the indian team soon!!

  • on October 13, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    He is the type of player india needs in all three formats! What a great attitude he has!

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  • on October 13, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    He is the type of player india needs in all three formats! What a great attitude he has!

  • mihir1208 on October 13, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    yo man you rock!!!!! lets hope you make it back to the indian team soon!!

  • Naresh28 on October 13, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Is Uthappa the Shewag we need at the top for ODI? Work on it Robin if you so desire to get into the Indian team.

  • Girishiyer on October 13, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Only Uthappa can do it, time and again. "I have variety of shots", I can play like Dravid". Try to be yourself if you wish to be in the team.

  • on October 13, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    who want u to play cricket?

  • on October 13, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    "I cant play like Dravid" Duh. Like anyone thought you ever could.

  • on October 13, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    This is the problem. You have failed several times at international level. Again several failures at domestic level. Fitness problem in between. Now, after making couple of innings against second level domestic opposition in a batsman friendly track, you started behaving big and expecting a call for national team. Please do well in Ranji and hope for failures (Parthiv in ODI and Mukund in test....anyway you are not of test class) to get a chance as backup player for Shewag & Gambhir.

  • on October 13, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    nobody wants you to play like dravid.his attitude is really bad just after making a century he is speaking like he conquered the world.this type of attitude will ruin the team.if getting selected back in to the indian team is his sole desire then it is evident that he is self-player who won't be a team man

  • zig1 on October 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Guys dont be so harsh on Uthappa... he is a much better player than what u all have commented.... Cant play like dravid ?? Nobody can play like Dravid !!

  • ubl2729 on October 13, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    these show selfless cricket in domestic leval also.