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I can't bat like Dravid - Uthappa

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October 13, 2011

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Robin Uthappa sweeps one fine, Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2011, Navi Mumbai, May 19, 2011
Robin Uthappa had a mediocre IPL 2011 © AFP
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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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Posted by 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 :)

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (October 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

i think the "like dravid" part is redundant!

Posted by 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

Posted by   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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by   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.........

Posted by   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"

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