To imagine a player who made a memorial debut in 2006, and later went on to win a World Cup, but ended up playing only 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is in his career, perfectly sums up Robin Uthappa’s stint in the Indian jersey. Uthappa first got the taste of international cricket when he opened the innings alongside Rahul Dravid against 2006 in England. The then 20-year-old Uthappa scored a blistering 86 runs off 96 balls, which was, at that time, the highest score scored by an Indian in his ODI debut.
Uthappa speaks about his short International career
Uthappa was tipped to be the next big thing, but faith never fell on his side. The constant shifts in his batting positions and lack of belief in the player by the team seemingly cut short his career to an extent. Uthappa, in a recent interview, pinpointed the hurdles he faced in his Indian career.
“That has happened to me throughout my international career. If you go and look at my stats, you will see I have not played in more than one batting position for more than three innings. Every third game, I have moved around to a new position. If I had played at one position for 49 games, then I would have played for 149 games or 249 games for India because I was that good,” Robin Uthappa said during an interview posted on The Grade Cricketer’s YouTube channel.