The Asian Age

Test is Uthappa’s ul­ti­mate goal

- MANUJA VEER­APPA

His sunny days have shone bright, just like the deep dark nights which have en­veloped him of­ten. Ir­re­spec­tive of the sit­u­a­tion, for Robin Uthappa it is all about giv­ing his best and wait­ing for the re­wards to flow his way.

Look­ing slim­mer and fit­ter, at 28, Robin Uthappa be­lieves he still has it in him to make his Test de­but and con­trib­ute to the na­tional team, es­pe­cially with the World Cup next year. Ex­cerpts: Did the In­dia A cap­taincy take a bit of edge from your bat­ting? Ab­so­lutely not. There was a bit of a blip but the funny thing was that I was not bat­ting badly. That was the best part of it all. I was hit­ting the ball re­ally well. I wasn’t strug­gling with any­thing. I was mid­dling the ball and I was find­ing the fielder all the time. It is the part and par­cel of the game. Some­times there is the law of av­er­ages that plays a part. The good thing for me was that I was bat­ting well. There was a lot of learn­ing I took back from that tour­na­ment. Do you think your new ap­proach is good enough for Test cricket? Ab­so­lutely. Last sea­son, I missed out on six Ranji games. In five games, I was av­er­ag­ing about 55, so if I had played the other six games I could have done some­thing more sub­stan­tial. I do be­lieve that is the ul­ti­mate goal for me. Even when I started off work­ing with Pravin ( Amre) sir that was the idea, to make my­self ready to play Test cricket. I do be­lieve that that is a part of my plan and I just need to jus­tify it with solid per­for­mances in the Ranji Trophy.

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