Robin Venu Uthappa
Smashing a six over bowler’s head is what comes in mind for this Karnataka born wicket-keeper batsman. Part of the Indian squad which won the World T20 in 2007, Robin Uthappa made his ODI debut against England in 2006 after an impressive show in Challenger Series 2005 and 2006. As an opening batsman, Uthappa made 86 before getting run out and made a record for the highest score for an Indian debutant in ODIs.
Drop in form after the Asia Cup in 2008 and emergence of Virat Kohli resulted in the shift of Robin Uthappa to the domestic circuit. He plays for Karnataka and Saurashtra at domestic level and was the leading run scorer in 2014-15 Ranji Trophy.
Uthappa has also played all the season of IPL since its inception in 2008 and currently plays for Kolkata Knight Riders.
|Nickname:||Robbie, The Walking Assassin|
|Weight (approx.):||72 Kg|
|Date of Birth:||11 November 1985|
|Age (as on 2017):||32 years|
|Birth Place:||Kodagu, Karnataka, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Scorpio|
|School:||Delhi Public School, New Delhi|
Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College
|ODI:||vs England on 15 April 2006|
|T20:||vs Scotland on 13 September 2007|
|Domestic/State Team:||Kolkata Knight Riders, Saurashtra|
|Nature on field:||Calm|
|Likes to play against:||Pakistan|
|Favourite Shot/Ball:||Straight Drive|
- He was the highest run scorer in Ranji Trophy for the season 2014-15
- He was the highest scorer for India on ODI debut till KL Rahul broke the record
|Awards and Recognitions|
- He was a crucial part of world cup winning team in 2007 IC World Twenty20.
- He is the second highest-scorer Indian debutant in ODI. He scored 86 against England in his debut match in 2006. KL Rahul scored a century on ODI debut
- Scuffle with Sarfraz Khan in IPL 2015 at Eden Gardens. Media reports alleged Uthappa for holding RCB’s Sarfraz Khan by collar. However, match referee Javagal Srinath denied for any such instance.
|Hobbies:||Collecting watches, watching tennis|
|Favourite Batsmen:||Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards, AB de Villiers|
|Favourite Bowlers:||Anil Kumble, Wasim Akram|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Food:||Dosa, Pandi curry, chocolate fudge|
|Favourite Actors/Actresses:||Will Smith|
|Net Worth:||$2.1 Million (in 2017)|
|Lesser Known Facts|
- At the age of 10, Robbie was diagnosed with Epilepsy. It’s a neurological disorder.
- His father was the President of Karnataka Hockey Association and also a hockey umpire
- He was referred as- The Walking Assassin because of his style of charging down the pitch
- His wife- Sheetal Gautham is a former tennis player