Robin Uthappa is an Indian cricketer who hails from Karnataka. He was born on 11 November 1985. A consistent run-scorer in the domestic circuit, he currently plays for the state of Kerala. The highest point of his career was winning the T20 World Cup in 2007. As a batsman, Uthappa is someone who always keeps the fans on their toes. He has a hard-hitting, aggressive style of play. He is known for charging at the bowlers and hitting the ball in the air.
Uthappa first caught the eye while playing for India B in the 2005 and 2006 Challenger series. His maiden call-up in ODIs came on the tour of England in April 2006. He had an impressive first outing, scoring 86 runs as an opener. It was the highest score by an Indian debutant in ODIs. His T20I debut came against Scotland on 13 September 2007. Despite being very talented, Uthappa never nailed a regular spot in the Indian team. He played his last ODI for the national side in July 2015 versus Zimbabwe.
|Date of Birth||11 November 1985|
|Team||Chennai Super Kings|
|Auction Price||INR 3 crore|
Uthappa started his Indian Premier League venture with the Mumbai Indians. He made a reasonable 320 runs from 14 matches which involved some quickfire 30s and 40s. Royal Challengers Bangalore swapped him with Zaheer Khan in 2009. He had a disappointing first season as he made just 175 runs at an average of 15.90. 2010 was miles better, and he scored three match-winning knocks. He also scored the second-fastest fifty in IPL and hit the most number of sixes that season.
Pune Warriors India bought him for the 2011 season. The team failed to leave the bottom spot in all its three seasons. But Uthappa performed well and was their leading run-scorer in 2011 and 2012.
Uthappa’s finest years in the IPL came in purple colors. Kolkata Knight Riders drafted him into the side in the 2014 IPL season. The first leg that year happened in the UAE. Uthappa failed to impress in Dubai and was later promoted to open the innings alongside Gautam Gambhir. This move changed the fortunes of both Uthappa and his team. He went on to amass 660 runs at an average of 44, winning the Orange cap in the process. KKR were crowned champions that year.
In the following years, Uthappa performed steadily opening the innings and scored runs at an average of around 30. He holds the record for the most consecutive 40+ scores (10). Matthew Hayden had 8. He was eventually released by KKR in 2020 when the Rajasthan Royals purchased him. Uthappa floated up and down the order, and RR failed to utilize him properly. He scored 196 runs in 12 games for the Rajasthan outfit.
The IPL veteran currently plies his trade with the Chennai Super Kings. The 35-year-old is at the fag end of his career and is keen to do well in his new home.
Robin Uthappa IPL 2021 price
CSK roped in Robin Uthappa for INR 3 crores for IPL 2021. It was an all-cash trade and did not involve any player. Uthappa had gone under the hammer for the same amount in 2020 as well. In the first three seasons of the cash-rich league, he made INR 3.2 crores. For his three-year stint with Pune Warriors, he took home INR 9.6 crores. KKR purchased him for INR 5 crores in 2014, and his salary steadily grew to INR 6.4 crores by 2019.
Uthappa is a part of the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League 2021. The Chennai-based team is slightly partial towards experienced players over youth. The likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, etc., have thrived under MS Dhoni in recent seasons. Robin Uthappa would be looking to replicate their success and put on a show for the Whistle Podu Army.
Robin has previously played for the Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India, and the Rajasthan Royals.
Chennai Super Kings have bagged Uthappa’s services for IPL 2021. After the retirement of Shane Watson, CSK has been in the market for an opener. Robin was traded from the Rajasthan Royals in January. “I am very excited and proud to represent a team like CSK, happy the team has put faith in my ability and I am hopeful of a good season. I am at a happy place in my life and feel confident after a good domestic season. The IPL is a level higher, but having runs under your belt is a confidence booster always,” he said.
The Chennai Super Kings have started IPL 2021 with two brilliant openers. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis are combining well together; the South African has scored four half-centuries in seven games, while his Indian counterpart is also batting well, scoring 196 runs over this time span which includes two half-centuries as a result of some excellent work at the top. Moeen Ali usually comes out to bat no. 3 and has played in six games. Rayudu typically plays after him. Dhoni, Jadeja, and Curran bat between numbers five and eight depending on how the match is progressing.
Uthappa has been an opener for most of his career. He has faced the new ball for the India national team as well as in IPL cricket. He had a modest outing with Rajasthan Royals last year, where he did open the innings on a few occasions. Uthappa is yet to play a game this year. It is hard to see why MSD and Co. would change the winning combination unless Gaikwad underperforms. At the moment, it is a difficult task getting into the CSK side. Even Krishnappa Gowtham, who was sold for INR 9.5 crores, is yet to feature this year. It will be interesting to see how Uthappa performs if given a chance.