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'I believe I can set up games for my country' - Uthappa

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'Can sense I'm on the fringe' - Uthappa

India batsman Robin Uthappa believes he has an "extremely good chance" of making it to India's World Cup squad. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Uthappa said he believes the team "can do with another opener" and he is well placed to fill that position.

"When I did get an opportunity on a normal one-day wicket, I did get a few runs," he said. "So I am hoping that a few more good performances can give me back that spot to prove my ability at the top of the order. I do believe I can lay the foundation and can set up games and win games for my country."

Uthappa earned his first call-up to the India ODI squad in nearly six years for the three-match series against Bangladesh in June, where he made scores of 50, 14 and 5. However, after a poor run with the India A squad in Australia recently, where he scored just 134 runs in seven one-day innings and only 48 in three unofficial-Test innings, he was overlooked for the ODI series in England. Uthappa said he was disappointed with the decision as he was "hoping to get a longer run".

He has left that disappointment behind though, he said. "I can sense and feel that I am in an around the fringe again and I just need to top up with my performances. I just need to keep going out there and doing well and if I can do that I know it [a call-up] is not far off, it's just a matter of time."

Uthappa admits that during his long hiatus from the Indian team he did have moments of self-doubt. But the decision to reorganise his batting technique about three years ago started what he describes as a "wonderful journey". "As a batsman, I feel like I am in a fantastic space. The mindset has changed, the approach has changed," he said. "I am not satisfied with my performances in the sense that I want to improve. There is a massive hunger that has grown because of all the work I have put in and everything I have experienced in the last few years of deconstructing the game and again reconstructing it."

After revamping his batting, Uthappa came into his own during the previous domestic season, especially in one-day cricket where he made 820 runs in 17 List A innings at an average of 51.25, with four centuries. Despite being forced to miss six Ranji trophy games due to an injury, Uthappa scored 374 runs in the six first-class games that he played at 41.55, including a century. He capped the season with a fine run for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, finishing as the tournament's leading run-getter with 660 runs at an average of 44.

"I just knew that if I can top up those [domestic] performances by doing well in the IPL and contributing to my team, then it would have a massively good impact on my cricket," he said. "Fortunately my game had fallen into place by then, I was very confident of what I was going to be doing, how I was going to approach things at the top of the order. All of that I had sorted. I went into that tournament with a lot of confidence and my goals in place and I was happy to be achieving all of them."

Uthappa recognises that the Champions League T20 starting later this month is another opportunity to catch the eye. "Growth has become a huge part of my life, I want to be growing and improving as far as my skills are concerned. If you don't improve, you tend to stagnate and I don't want to be putting myself in that kind of situation anymore."

With two IPL triumphs to their name in three years, Knight Riders will be aiming for a maiden Champions League T20 title and according to Uthappa, "experiencing that would be a fantastic". He believes Knight Riders are well placed to win. "We are a wonderful unit, an extremely happy unit that cares for each other's performances," he said. "There's a lot of emotion that runs around the team, which is great. I think winning the IPL has brought us closer."

Uthappa's domestic team, Karnataka, meanwhile, will be aiming to repeat their treble of clinching the first-class Ranji Trophy and the Irani Cup, and the one-day Vijay Hazare Trophy. Uthappa is confident they can replicate the success. "It's a huge expectation to live up to again, but it's a good expectation to live up to as well. It's a good standard to set for ourselves. We took it one game at a time last year and if we can repeat that, very consciously, I think we will be able to repeat those performances."

While Uthappa's immediate focus is on success in the Champions League T20 and making a case for World Cup selection, he insists his "ultimate goal" is to play Test cricket. "Even when I started reconstructing my game, that was the goal, to be able to perform at the highest level, and that is the highest level. It was a little unfortunate to miss out last season on six [first-class] games - that would have played a huge part in claiming my [Test] spot as well because there is a dearth of an opening batsman there. I believe this season is an opportunity on many fronts for me, and I am looking forward to maximising it."

Robin Uthappa was speaking after signing on with sports management company Sports Mantra.

Gaurav Kalra is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo. @gauravkalra75

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  • KrisRam77 on September 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    @wapuser: If what u say actually happens in Indian cricket then I am happy. (Roger not sitting in panel when Stuart's name is discussed) Indian cricket normally doesn't work out this way as many of us are aware. V Still see politics in BCCI & Co. Regarding judging the criterion of selection: I am not taking anything away from Roger, but the bridge between FC and INTL is way too broader, as we have found from many players, most perform well at domestic level but fail at intl level as they either lack the temperament or the level of skill is high @ intl level. Binny doesn't have the pace nor has prodigious swing like Bhuvi. Yes he got a 6 for against Bangladesh which is good but has not shown the same capability or even half of that in the subsequent performances. My view is even if he is selected on merit MSD doesn't show any hope in Stuart's ability.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on September 2, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    He's India's second most talented batsman in limited-overs, after Kohli. Would be a shame if he doesn't get an opportunity before the WC to prove his worth.

  • looloogun on September 2, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    utapa is a great cricketer ,the t20 wc ,series in england etc shows he is a fighter and like pujara he used to pile up runs in domestic cricket at that time but unfortunately he didnt get backup and got lost .but i think now with lack of experienced bigmatch players in the lineup to wc ,robin reminds as a big match hitter supporting raina and dhoni in the low order if we kick out one of ashwin or jadeja and play extra batsman like olden days because in aus you dont need two spinners and ashwin is not athletic or dependable in both bat and ball in australia .but utapa is a proven gutsy athletic big match hitter with good exp .and stop comparing him wit samson who is a good cric he can play too .utapa might fail in one or two games but he contributes alot with his fielding and bowl .cant forget the hit out in the drawn game pak wt20 2007,,,good alround utility cricketer who can keep.

  • True_Indian_Raj on September 2, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    My Team for world cup: Shikhar Dhawan/Sanju, Rahane, Virat, Raina, Rayudu/Rohith, Dhoni, Binny/Bhuvi, Ashwin/Jadeja, Umesh, Dhawal/Shami, Mohith. Extra: Uthappa, Vinay kumar, Rishi dhawan, Karan, Akshar patel

  • SudeepSonawane on September 2, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Robin is a domestic tiger! His growling and prowling look good there. His international career is over. He should accept this reality. There are many guys ahead of him in the queue like Rayudu and Binny. Both have played innings of substance for India, yet they don't have a regular place. Indian cricket under Dhoni's reign appears cruel at times. Consider Pankaj Singh and Ishwar Pandey's sad stories. Poor Pandey's did not even get one Test in England when Glenn McGrath rates him as the best swing bowler in India. Then there's another sad tale of Assam's Abu Nechim who doesn't get selected despite taking wickets in a heap. So, Robin can forget making a comeback.

  • leleraja on September 2, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    It is sad that Robin flopped and others (Samson, Jadhav, Unmukt, Rayudu, Vohra ..) played well in one dayers where it mattered most - in Australia. Sorry Robin.

  • Suicide-Note on September 2, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Utthapa is a good IPL player.But thats it

  • on September 2, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    The Indian selectors have shown recently that age is not a hindrance for selection- examples- Stuart Binny and Naman Ojha. RU can still make it. However, it will require something dramatic like 3 or 4 centuries in a row or something on those lines for him to even get noticed after his recent performances.

  • on September 2, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I think it would be difficult for RU to make into India squad for WC15. Australia tour was THE oppurtunity he missed...i dont think CL performance would make much difference for WC selection. But its good that RU is optimistic for his selection.

  • Karunk on September 2, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    After his performance in domestic cricket, selectors gave him a chance in India A tour of Australia. (2015 world cup is in Australia/NZ). Robin played 7 one day matches and 3 unofficial tests in Australia. i.e., 10 first class matches. He did not set up even a single game on his own (in ten matches) in this tour. In the current competition and performance of other players, Uttappa should have made minimum 2-3 centuries on this tour for selectors to look at him. Sanju Samson scored and he got into one day side...Uttappa has missed the bus..he can't blame anyone else..

  • KrisRam77 on September 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    @wapuser: If what u say actually happens in Indian cricket then I am happy. (Roger not sitting in panel when Stuart's name is discussed) Indian cricket normally doesn't work out this way as many of us are aware. V Still see politics in BCCI & Co. Regarding judging the criterion of selection: I am not taking anything away from Roger, but the bridge between FC and INTL is way too broader, as we have found from many players, most perform well at domestic level but fail at intl level as they either lack the temperament or the level of skill is high @ intl level. Binny doesn't have the pace nor has prodigious swing like Bhuvi. Yes he got a 6 for against Bangladesh which is good but has not shown the same capability or even half of that in the subsequent performances. My view is even if he is selected on merit MSD doesn't show any hope in Stuart's ability.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on September 2, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    He's India's second most talented batsman in limited-overs, after Kohli. Would be a shame if he doesn't get an opportunity before the WC to prove his worth.

  • looloogun on September 2, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    utapa is a great cricketer ,the t20 wc ,series in england etc shows he is a fighter and like pujara he used to pile up runs in domestic cricket at that time but unfortunately he didnt get backup and got lost .but i think now with lack of experienced bigmatch players in the lineup to wc ,robin reminds as a big match hitter supporting raina and dhoni in the low order if we kick out one of ashwin or jadeja and play extra batsman like olden days because in aus you dont need two spinners and ashwin is not athletic or dependable in both bat and ball in australia .but utapa is a proven gutsy athletic big match hitter with good exp .and stop comparing him wit samson who is a good cric he can play too .utapa might fail in one or two games but he contributes alot with his fielding and bowl .cant forget the hit out in the drawn game pak wt20 2007,,,good alround utility cricketer who can keep.

  • True_Indian_Raj on September 2, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    My Team for world cup: Shikhar Dhawan/Sanju, Rahane, Virat, Raina, Rayudu/Rohith, Dhoni, Binny/Bhuvi, Ashwin/Jadeja, Umesh, Dhawal/Shami, Mohith. Extra: Uthappa, Vinay kumar, Rishi dhawan, Karan, Akshar patel

  • SudeepSonawane on September 2, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Robin is a domestic tiger! His growling and prowling look good there. His international career is over. He should accept this reality. There are many guys ahead of him in the queue like Rayudu and Binny. Both have played innings of substance for India, yet they don't have a regular place. Indian cricket under Dhoni's reign appears cruel at times. Consider Pankaj Singh and Ishwar Pandey's sad stories. Poor Pandey's did not even get one Test in England when Glenn McGrath rates him as the best swing bowler in India. Then there's another sad tale of Assam's Abu Nechim who doesn't get selected despite taking wickets in a heap. So, Robin can forget making a comeback.

  • leleraja on September 2, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    It is sad that Robin flopped and others (Samson, Jadhav, Unmukt, Rayudu, Vohra ..) played well in one dayers where it mattered most - in Australia. Sorry Robin.

  • Suicide-Note on September 2, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Utthapa is a good IPL player.But thats it

  • on September 2, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    The Indian selectors have shown recently that age is not a hindrance for selection- examples- Stuart Binny and Naman Ojha. RU can still make it. However, it will require something dramatic like 3 or 4 centuries in a row or something on those lines for him to even get noticed after his recent performances.

  • on September 2, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    I think it would be difficult for RU to make into India squad for WC15. Australia tour was THE oppurtunity he missed...i dont think CL performance would make much difference for WC selection. But its good that RU is optimistic for his selection.

  • Karunk on September 2, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    After his performance in domestic cricket, selectors gave him a chance in India A tour of Australia. (2015 world cup is in Australia/NZ). Robin played 7 one day matches and 3 unofficial tests in Australia. i.e., 10 first class matches. He did not set up even a single game on his own (in ten matches) in this tour. In the current competition and performance of other players, Uttappa should have made minimum 2-3 centuries on this tour for selectors to look at him. Sanju Samson scored and he got into one day side...Uttappa has missed the bus..he can't blame anyone else..

  • on September 2, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @KrisRam77: Roger Binny the south zone selector is never part of the selection meeting whenever Stuart Binny might be discussed. Stuart has the recent FC stats to back himself, what other method do you want to measure ability?

  • KrisRam77 on September 2, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @Nampally: Agree that he averaged 51 in ODI's before England, but that was in the Bangladesh tour led by Raina. Any1 can score runs against Bangladesh. I Guess he missed the WC Squad bus by not performing in the "A" team ODI series in Australia. With South Zone selector going all out for his not so talented son Robin's chances are slimmer. Even if Shikhar Dhawan fails continuously till the world cup he is unlikely to be dropped from the XV moreover there are Ajinkya and Murali Vijay to take care of the opening.

  • mrcool on September 2, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    If raina,rohit,dhawan gets lots of chances for getting success why not robin?? not to forget due to his captaincy, india A won in australia..may be due to captaincy he failed in batting but he would make comeback in champions league for sure.

  • Makkumatr on September 2, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Robin Uthappa and Rohit Sharma are two sides of the same coin - good players, but definitely not consistent enough to play in the national team in any format.

  • kingkarthik on September 2, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Robin Uthappa has had his time in the Indian Team. there are more talented and more deserving players out there. Selecting him is definitely a step backwards. He cannot even be termed as a flat track bully as he does not even do that properly. RU is living in his own bubble. Let him continue to fantasies

  • on September 2, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    he is not able to play more than 20 balls so let him play IPL!

  • on September 2, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    He never performs in the Indian Jersey. Good talent but not for India.

  • on September 1, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Uthappa has a good opportunity to shine in ODI cricket, as the rules have changed drastically in favour of his slog-and-deliver style of batting.

  • Nampally on September 1, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Many readers are unfairly attacking Uthappa judging his performance in Australia for India A earlier this year. But in the season preceding the England tour he averaged 51 in ODI 's, 41 in domestic Ranji for Karnataka & 44 in IPL. This performance was the best in all 3 formats by any opening bat. How fair was that when he was not selected for Indian tour of England? True, he should have hit back on the Australian tour with some big scores but perhaps the disappointment of not being on the England tour may have had a bigger let down for him to show up. Currently India has some good young openers in Nair, Rahul, Jadev, Chand,Samson apart from experienced Uthappa. Why is India ignoring these guys by using a failed opener like Gambhir? The opener's spot could have been given to any of these guys & justified but not to Gambhir. Even Dhawan was at best a border line choice! When India relies heavily on the openers for their good total, why is it so consistently ignored by the Selectors?

  • on September 1, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Uthappa is a great batsman. But he never performs when playing for the national colours. Perhaps its pressure.

  • jj1001 on September 1, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    thanks to Jose P. and to Biju and Gaurav who made sensible comments. Uthappa has shown that he can only bat in Indian conditions. He was in form when selected for India A and did not deliver in 10 opportunities. And that is enough chances. rayudu does not look classy but he has scored in every opportunity given. he can also keep wicket and he showed if needed, he can bowl too. So next up for chances should be Sanju, jadhav, and Karun.

  • jj1001 on September 1, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Can people posting here make sense please? Uthappa was sent to Australia as captain of India A team for list A games to assess what he can do. Against second XI aussie and SA bowlers he scored 148 in seven innings. Not two or three, seven opportunities!!!. On top of that he scored 48 total runs in the unofficial "tests". So 10 at bats and less than 200 runs. Yet Uthappa thinks he is ready to be part of world cup in Australia and some fans here say please pick him. What's wrong with people? He lost the chances the selectors gave him which is why he was not selected to England and should not be for world cup, unless world cup is shifted to India!! So folks, Uthappa is useless and he can ask for more chances but can people on this site taking the time to write something please make sense. We have others who can play, Sanju, Karun Nair, Kedhar jadhav, and the big success in australia Naman Ojha. And even though he didn't do justice in austrlia, Tiwary certainly did better than Uthappa.

  • on September 1, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    I am fan of you, but your recent performance for A team was very poor. You need to improve more in bouncy pitches, i am preferring Yuvraj, Sanju and KM Jadhav than you in world cup. They are best players in bouncy pitches.

  • on September 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Its democracy here in India, Uthappa can say what he himself feels.

  • on September 1, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Sanju Samson can keep wickets, can open, strike hard, and field well. The same attributes of Robin. Though I like both, if I am given the choice, I will bet on developing Sanju Samson.

  • on September 1, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Even with the poor show of Uthappa in OZ, so recently,and even though I argued against him for the World cup to be played in OZ,..... IF Gambhir is going to be selectors' choice as a third opener (?), I would any day back Uthappa! No doubt about it.

    I think, selectors wanted to give Uthappa a fair chance. And, that is why he was sent to OZ as India (A) captain. Had he been sent to England, Dhoni would have made him a bench-squatter for a few months! As Captain of A -Team, Uthappa was also given a chance to play EVERY game in OZ. Sadly he blew it!

  • on September 1, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    As I think so now the days of some of the players who are struggling from a longer period of time from bad form and are trying to get back into the form and make a comeback can't set a platform for them robin uthappa, virender sehwag, gautam gambhir, harbhajan Singh. yuvraj singh and many more players from the Indian subcontinent are the players who do perform well for a match or 2-3 matches or a tournament but unfortunately they are being unable to find some consistent form which is required to make the place for themselves in the squad so in my choice the days of such cricketers are gone past due to either some if the physical problems which are disturbing them in making their techniques better or the increasing age of their older cricketers. So in my choice its now the time when selectors should take a look to the some of the younger cricketers who are showing their class and scoring the runs well and are able time the ball sweetly and smoothly to the rope are Samson Nair jadhav..

  • on September 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    @cricksage how can Uthappa not handle fame he was the bloody headline of the IPL, the biggest t20 tournament ever and won KKR the tournament so I think he can handle fame, it just may be he cannot perform on the biggest stage or he can and he hasn't been given enough of a chance, personally I think Uthappa and Rahane is the opening partnership for India in all formats

  • torsha on September 1, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Great confidence by Uthappa and Irfan. Let's see who will be in the team.

  • cricksage on September 1, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    NO!He definitely has the talent! I just dont believe Uthappa has the dedication and discipline required. He has just blown it away. Some people just cant cant handle fame, and sadly Uthappa is one of them. Another one bites the dust!

  • on September 1, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Every seniors will have good and great record in abroad. Gambhir has good record in Australia and Sehwag has terrific record on bouncy wickets... But look at the current scenario. Look at the kind of commitment and desperation Gambhir has at international stage and look at the form Sehwag. was in. He got out for duck on such a big occasion in 2011 WC final. But still Sehwag can unsettle the bowlers rhythm. It's practically difficult for him to get a call up for WC... definitely the selectors would go with young cricketers for WC and that's the correct idea.

    Their fitness and atheletic fielders. Definitely they will be in a position to save runs in the field and take some specatcular catches.... So going with new faces is the correct path for India in WC

  • on September 1, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    The days of many players who gave us a lot of joy in the past are over. Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, RP, Irfan, Balaji, Yusuf and unfortunately Uthappa too belong to that group. I might have missed a few more names which keep on cropping up periodically in these fora.

    Uthappa let India (A) down badly in OZ, where the next cup will be played. On the same pitches, against the same bowlers , players like young Samson, the experienced Naman Oza, the reliable domestic player Jadhav & a few morel fared far better.

    I feel sad that these excellent players of the past are not honestly introspecting, trying to arrive at an accurate self-assessment, and plan the future accordingly. Equally sad to see that some fans are still keeping false hopes on these wonderful players of the past making comebacks :-(

    Past is history; in future lies our hopes... of seeing a winning India. And, while facing tougher opponents and/or in hostile conditions fighting well whole wholeheartedly :-)

  • Nampally on September 1, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    It is strange to see India struggling with second rate openers in the Tests & ODI's whilst their best opening batsmen are ignored! Uthappa after his most dominant record in IPL T20 as the opening bat + his good Ranji Trophy record over he past few years failed to make the squad for the 2014 England Tour either for the test or ODI's. Dhawan had a miserable IPL + poor Ranji still made the cut with Vijay & discarded out of form Gambhir! How smart is that? It is good to get Shastri as an after thought after their "spineless batting" + "incompetent submissiveness" ! The opening stand was the worst in a 5 Test series by an country yet Dhoni did not ask to reinforcements. Amongst such pointless squad & Xi selection, what chance Uthappa has of making the World squad? Replace the Selection Committee first with visionary knowledgeable one + eliminate Dhoni from the selection of final XI. Have a shortlist of openers based on their form & record to choose the openers. That gives spine to batting!

  • on September 1, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    for world cup 1.robinuttappa,2kholi,(openers)3sanju,4raidu,5raina,6dhoni,7jadeja8aswin9kumar10shami11aron 12umeshyadav,13.irshanth sharma14ojja15kedar yadav,16rishidavan rohit sharma shouldnot be in the one day team he doesn't take singles,messing up every one's game

  • on September 1, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    uathpa is best opnar indian team only for odi

  • pvwadekar on September 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    If only Uthappa had performed on the A series in Australia then he would definitely be the third opener. However he didn't score well, so it's difficult to say weather he will get an opportunity in the 2015 WC. Hope all the best.. keep on trying .. he definitely has the talent.

  • on September 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Hello guys Rohith taken 100 mach fr proving his talent...Robin shown his debue match his class. .so he played international cricket 2007.and 2008 superly and even after six year he came indian side and hitting 50. nt easy....understand and speak. ..vijay is very good in test nt in odi. .last 7 months robin failed only Australia a tour other wise.cross chuck his performance ...just dnt egnore 1 bad tour. ...41 maches robin 7 half cenchury. .Ur raydhu..Rohith. .rahane. what they are doing.just playing them self.bt robin always played fr cuntry. .kodava lad just 28 he can come back...He is hardwork cricket er. ..so kindly respect. His ability. .look at ipl he is orange cap winner. ..He hit six Johnson. .and other good bowler. ..world will afrishete robin......He will come back...If nt wc after also he can come back..let's see Rahane.and dawan what they will do in wc....consistency 10 inngs dawan plop...35 odi rahane 4 half cenchury. ..think and coments guys

  • Naresh28 on September 1, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    I WAS a fan of Uthappa but what we saw in Oz with IndiaA showed him up. He like Pathan are trying to drum up support through the media. Perform on field and then wait for your call up.

  • finetune on September 1, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Do not judge robin by just few matches he has played in Australia, he has consistency in his batting scoring 40 or more in ten successive innings and 4 hundreds in List A games. if you are ready disregard him for just 3 or 4 failures, then guys like dhawan ang gambhir who are consistently failing doesn't deserve a place in Indian squad. Selectors should have sent robin to England in place of Vijay. We need free scoring batter like him in the opening slot who can take game away from opponents just like sehwag did for almost a decade.

  • Pathiyal on September 1, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    with the current openers performing below par, i think he stands a good chance to get back again. but if he has to stay there, he has to walk the talk. he has won one of two ODIs in the past and will be good for him and the team if he does it again.

  • Rajeshj on September 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Uthappa was renowned for his flashy play and inconsistency.. All of which were evident in the recent Bangladesh series.. He scored a flashy 50 in first match and then fell off in the next two.. He could play a few eye-popping hits to the boundary, but is always a any-ball wicket-loser.. He loves the air and so always hits only airy strokes.. He lives by the sword and if its his lucky day, he will score a fifty, if not would get out quickly... Dhawan is a shade better than Uthappa, because he can at least hit a few balls down the ground.. Going back to Uthappa would be a grave mistake... Instead it would be best to try some one with good technique ...

  • icommoner on September 1, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    No. He was one of the main culprit along with Dhoni in WC'07, who ruined India's fine batting order and Sachin was demoted down the order. I still believe Sehwag and Gambir are the very best options to open in WC, with Yuvi in the middle. I hope Bhajji and Zak is included as well. Irfan needs to looked, if he is fit he should play allrounder role as well. Gambhir have a very good record in Odi's in Australia and always scores in impt situations and Finals. My team would be Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rahane, Dhoni, Raina, Bhajji, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Zaheer, Shami, Irfan, Ishant

  • on September 1, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I do like Robin but he blew his chances with performance in australia. I don't get it fans keep asking for Sehwag, Gambhir etc they are past . Anyone who saw Gambhir in last two tests should know that he was not at all comfortable and looked worsen than a rookie

  • on September 1, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Robin plz relax @ home, we have better talent like ojha never got opportunity. we dont need one more dinesh mongia. Join NCA to provide catching practice

  • on September 1, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    see your scores of your Australia tour robin..not a single 50+ score against a A-side..even only two or three 25+ scores ..just one significant contribution in the Bangladesh Odi tour... and you talk about making a comeback to the national side! Ipl Bullies ..Nevertheless I personally believe uthappa is a selfish player more than a team player ..scores for himself at times at the cost of team benefit

  • CricketChat on September 1, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    His repeated failures on the recent 'A' tour tells that he couldn't correct his mistakes, cricket skills or mental, after initial bad run indicates he is not fit for top level. Having said that, he may still get a shot at the WC given the rotten form Dhawan has fallen into. For my money, the Ind selectors should look elsewhere.

  • spinkingKK on September 1, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Robin did show some glimpse of his talent in his first Australian tour. A towering six off Brett Lee in a free hit ball still stands out in memory. I think Uthappa can offer something special to the Indian team.

  • vik56in on September 1, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Why don't Sehwag fans realize that he is now too old for international cricket. His hand eye coordination is slow.The most talented young batsman in India is Sanju Samson at the moment.

  • cricaddict9118 on September 1, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Robin might feel he is in a good space but that is not reflecting in his performances with the bat. Those performances on A tour to Australia were anything bur disastrous. Knowing the world cup is in 6 months in Australia he should have seized the opportunity and nailed that top order slot. But he failed and quite miserably. Also he had an average outing against Bangladesh.

    I don't think giving such interviews is the right thing for him. He should focus more on how to handle pressure of international cricket while he is away from the game.

    Gautam Gambhir missed the bus in 2007 50-over world cup due to Robin, I don't want to see a repeat of it. As Robbie inspite of being a chance to bat in top 3 ahead of Sachin didn't perform in that world cup.

  • Mali-T658 on September 1, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Shikhar has come, has had his fair share of run without much results to show, and it's time for him to leave. Since the chances of Viru making the squad are very low, it's got to be Robin who is capable of giving electrifying starts. Ajinkya needs to slotted down in the middle order 'cause he gives the much needed solidity to the team. I would have Yuvi play in the XI, but can't think of who he can replace with.

    My playing XI: Rohit, Robin, Virat, Ajinkya, Suresh, M S, Jaddu, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami | Rest of the squad: Rayudu, Mohit, Yuvi, Kartik.

  • Rough_Fan on September 1, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Uthappa is just a IPL tiger. He is a proven failure at international level. His recent Australia tour proves that. Better we call back Shweag. He along with Dhawan/Rahane can explosive at top, something that team india is missing now...

  • kbalaji on September 1, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Uthappa did have a good domestic season last year but then many batsmen prosper in domestic cricket only to fail at international level. Uthappa has been tried in the past and he was a failure. There's a chance he might have improved as a batsman now. But, he failed miserably in the tests and ODIs during the recent A tour to Australia. So, there's no point in selecting him for the World Cup, if he cannot do well against "A" team bowlers. I guess that's the reason why he was not selected for the ODI team to England.

  • ladycricfan on September 1, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    If Uthappa continued his IPL form into Australia A tour he would've had a chance in England ODIs with Rohit injured and Dhawan not in good form. But his performance in Australia was disappointing. He has missed the chance now. Vijay has replaced Rohit and Samson, a promising youngster is knocking on the door.

  • thamboo on September 1, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Contribute and then talk; let the bat do the talking

  • vish57 on September 1, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Expose all these finge players to more and more "A' tours across globe and also make them play ODIs against Afganisthan, Irland, Scotland etc, you can find better players.

  • on September 1, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    He can be very effective in subcontinent pitches, but same cannot be said when he plays abroad. He failed miserably in his recent outing as India A captain. That opportunity was missed.

  • on September 1, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Robin Uthappa is definitely a better opener compared to either Shikhar Dhawan or Rohit Sharma in the 50 over or 20 over formats. He should be chosen instead of those two favorites of Mahachaalu Singh Dhoni.

    Look at this team : Robin, Ajinkya, Sanju, Virat, Suresh, Mahachaalu, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami.

  • Ms.Cricket on September 1, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Robin Uthappa cannot handle pressure, simple as that. He simply loses it.

  • on September 1, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    I always thought that Robin will make it back to the team. But he performed miserably in Australia where he led India'A'.

  • on September 1, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    sanju Samson is the best.

  • Cricsnake on September 1, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Uthappa is a fine batsman in IPL matches but doesn't have very impressive stats in his international career. He's quite similar to Dilshan sometime ago. Dili was struggling at the beginning of his international career but improved a lot when matured. But I'm not sure about Uthappa's abilities in fast pitches as he was not that impressive for India A in the recent tournament in SA. He need to improve a lot to be adjusted to the fast pitches.

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  • Cricsnake on September 1, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Uthappa is a fine batsman in IPL matches but doesn't have very impressive stats in his international career. He's quite similar to Dilshan sometime ago. Dili was struggling at the beginning of his international career but improved a lot when matured. But I'm not sure about Uthappa's abilities in fast pitches as he was not that impressive for India A in the recent tournament in SA. He need to improve a lot to be adjusted to the fast pitches.

  • on September 1, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    sanju Samson is the best.

  • on September 1, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    I always thought that Robin will make it back to the team. But he performed miserably in Australia where he led India'A'.

  • Ms.Cricket on September 1, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Robin Uthappa cannot handle pressure, simple as that. He simply loses it.

  • on September 1, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Robin Uthappa is definitely a better opener compared to either Shikhar Dhawan or Rohit Sharma in the 50 over or 20 over formats. He should be chosen instead of those two favorites of Mahachaalu Singh Dhoni.

    Look at this team : Robin, Ajinkya, Sanju, Virat, Suresh, Mahachaalu, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami.

  • on September 1, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    He can be very effective in subcontinent pitches, but same cannot be said when he plays abroad. He failed miserably in his recent outing as India A captain. That opportunity was missed.

  • vish57 on September 1, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Expose all these finge players to more and more "A' tours across globe and also make them play ODIs against Afganisthan, Irland, Scotland etc, you can find better players.

  • thamboo on September 1, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Contribute and then talk; let the bat do the talking

  • ladycricfan on September 1, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    If Uthappa continued his IPL form into Australia A tour he would've had a chance in England ODIs with Rohit injured and Dhawan not in good form. But his performance in Australia was disappointing. He has missed the chance now. Vijay has replaced Rohit and Samson, a promising youngster is knocking on the door.

  • kbalaji on September 1, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Uthappa did have a good domestic season last year but then many batsmen prosper in domestic cricket only to fail at international level. Uthappa has been tried in the past and he was a failure. There's a chance he might have improved as a batsman now. But, he failed miserably in the tests and ODIs during the recent A tour to Australia. So, there's no point in selecting him for the World Cup, if he cannot do well against "A" team bowlers. I guess that's the reason why he was not selected for the ODI team to England.