Robin Uthappa announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Robin Uthappa retires from all forms of cricket
Hard-hitting batsman Robin Uthappa has decided to retire from all forms of cricket concluding a 20-year professional career. The 36-year-old announced his decision on Twitter wherein he said he is planning to"chart a new period in his life" and looking forward to spending more time with his young family.
Uthappa represented Indian in 59 games (46 ODIs and 13 T20Is), amassing 1183 international runs. In addition to that, he was a vital cog of the team that prevailed in the 2007 T20 World Series. With a century in the 2006 Challenger Trophy in Mohali, Uthappa became well-known. He scored 86 runs in his ODI debut in Indore against an English attack that comprised James Anderson, Liam Plunkett, and Sajid Mahmood.
He was selected for the 2007 World T20 in the Caribbean, but India's lacklustre performance led to a loss in the opening round. Later that year, Uthappa was shuffled down the order to play the finisher's role during India's tour of England. He excelled at The Oval with a 33-ball 47. Later, during India's run to the T20 World Series in South Africa, he was a crucial member of the top order of the team. He also played a part in the famous "Bowl Out" victory over Pakistan in the tournament's group stages along the road.
Following that, Uthappa lost his position and had irregular comebacks in 2014 and 2015. He played for Mumbai, Bangalore, and Pune throughout the league's early seasons, and he was a crucial part of each team during his time in the T20 tournament. The right-handed batter made major strides in 2014, earning the Orange Cap while playing for Kolkata, who won the title. He also enjoyed a successful working relationship with the group. Seven years later, Kolkata paid the price for Uthappa's 15-ball 31 blitz, which helped Chennai win their fourth IPL championship at the expense of his former side. He was retained by Chennai prior to the 2022 season at his base pay of INR 2 crore, however his meagre 230 runs in 12 innings resulted in a disastrous season for the squad.
In all, Uthappa scored 4952 runs in 205 Indian T20 games at an impressive strike rate of 130.35 including 27 half centuries. In a first class career spanning 142 games, Uthappa aggregated 9446 runs at a healthy average of 40.46 including 22 centuries and was a chief member of the Karnataka side that completed the domestic treble (Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Irani Trophy) in back-to-back seasons between 2013 and 2015.
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