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Uthappa eyeing India WC team comeback

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:13 PM, 8 April 2020  

Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa was the member of India's 2007 T20 World Cup winning team, the first T20 World Cup. After the World Cup Uthappa was coming and going to Indian team as he could not cement his place in the team. The batsman want to come back in the Indian team through T20I World Cup, which is slated to Australia from October 15. 

The former Kolkata Knight Riders star feels he still has the ability to play in the Indian team. He played 177 matches in all editions of the IPL and scored 4411 runs. This time Rajasthan Royals roped him for IPL 2020. 

In an interview to a cricket website, Uthappa said, "Right now I want to be competitive. I still have that fire burning in me, I really want to compete and do well,". 

"I honestly believe I have a World Cup left in me, so I'm pursuing that, especially the shortest format," he added. 

Robin Uthappa, who last played for India in July 2015 on a tour of Zimbabwe. Uthappa, 34, has played 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is and was part of the 2007 50-over World Cup campaign as well as the inaugural T20 World Cup played later in the same year. However, he was dropped from the team in mid-2008 and his international appearances since then have been sporadic, with a total of eight ODIs and four T20Is since his first comeback in October 2011.

He has had great success in the IPL, initially with Royal Challengers Bangalore and then in more sustained fashion with Kolkata Knight Riders. He was the top run-getter in the IPL in 2014, and central to Knight Riders' title run that year. However, underwhelming returns in 2019 meant the team released him, and he was picked by Rajasthan Royals in the last auction.