India news October 2, 2013

Uthappa ruled out of Duleep Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Robin Uthappa has been ruled out of the upcoming Duleep Trophy with a hamstring strain. He suffered the injury, which will sideline him for at least two weeks, in a Challenger Trophy match, in which he represented India Red against Delhi.

Uthappa had been named in the South Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy, which will begin on October 3 with a quarter-final between South Zone and West Zone in Chennai.

Uthappa tweeted about the injury: "Hey guys! Will be missing the Duleep Trophy as I strained my hamstring in my last match! In a rehab programme for 2weeks."

Uthappa has been busy in the last month playing limited-overs matches against New Zealand A and West Indies A before the Challenger Trophy. He scored 161 runs, including a hundred, in three unofficial ODIs against New Zealand A at an average of 53.67, and 60 runs in the next three unofficial ODIs against West Indies A. In the two innings he played in the Challenger Trophy, he produced scores of 9 and 7.

He will hope to be fit in time for the Ranji Trophy in which Karnataka's first match starts on November 7 against Jharkhand.

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  • James on October 2, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    @CricketMaan: merely having talent is not enough, one has to apply it whenever one gets the chance. Utappa has a first class average of around 40 which shows that he hasnt done much with the talent.(Rohit Sharma on the other hand has an average of about 60 which shows he is in a different league). The average doesnt tell you everything about the player, but it does tell a large part of the story.

  • Subramani on October 2, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    I am a firm believer in one needing good luck at the right time for one's destiny to really unfold.Robin Uthappa,Yusuf Pathan and the many players we hear about in one blazing moment in the pan will continue to happen in cricket. Having watched this game for many many years at all levels I have seen this. For instance, Baloo Gupte was in my opinion a better bowler than his brother Subhash but he never got past the Bombay Ranji team and maybe the Duleep West Zone team. Ghulam Ahmed was a great off spinner. But Laker got the rub of the green and who ever talks about this great from Hyderabad.That is the whole point. Unless one's destiny has it for one to become great, one will remain where he was destined to be.Dhoni was born to be great. That explains his late baptism and international standing. Virat Kohli is born to take India to unmatched hieghts. Pujara , great as batsman that he will be, will not have the luck to win many big games even if he rises to be greater than mant greats.

  • Sriram on October 2, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    He is still very consistent in producing once in flash pan innings like Yusuf. They both have not put thier talent to full use and thus will find themselves in sidelines for a while. The ODI team although does not have a regualar opener still might end up having the Unmukts or Rahanes. But i do feel for Uttapa. He never got the confidence from the captain and althgou he had talent to succeed he is not called 'Rohit Sharma'

  • Steve on October 2, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    If Robin harbors any hopes of making comeback, however remote that may be, he must stay physically fit. The last thing you want happen is to sit on sidelines when selectors gave a lifeline.

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