To all those who remember Robin Uthappa as a walking assassin of the cricket ball, the 14th September Wednesday came as a surprise to the cricketing world as he announced his retirement from all forms of Indian Cricket. Coincidently it was 14th September, 2007 India won against Pakistan in a bowl out and Robin Uthappa played a part in this win.
Robin Uthappa on Wednesday said that “It has been my greatest honor to represent my country and my state, Karnataka. However, all good things must come to an end, and with a grateful heart, I have decided to retire from all forms of Indian cricket. Thank you all,” he posted on Twitter. Suresh Raina has also announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
In a post that was shared on his twitter handle he stated that “It’s been 20 years since I started playing professional cricket, and it has been the greatest of honor to represent my country and state, Karnataka- wonderful journey of ups and downs; one that has been fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable and has allowed me to grow as a human being. However, all good things must come to an end and with a grateful heart I have decided to retire from all forms of Indian cricket. While I will spend a significant time with my young family, I look forward to charting a new phase in life.”.
He has had an amazing international career, though he was not able to make the Indian team on a regular basis because of the reign of Wicket Keeping being helped by MS Dhoni but whenever and wherever he got chances he did wonders and delivered. Notable he was also the partner of Rohit Sharma when he smashed 264 against Sri Lanka and Robbie was the major reason that he was able to score that score, rotating strike selflessly and giving Rohit Sharma more and more balls to play. He also thanked his former IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and current team Chennai Super Kings. In last season’s IPL, Uthappa played 12 matches for Chennai Super Kings and scored 230 runs with his highest score being 88. He had won an Orange Cap with Kolkata and 1 Cup as well with them and one in the later stages of his career with Chennai where he played an aggressive brand of cricket for Chennai and helped them clinch the title.
Robin Uthappa was part of the country’s 2004 Under-19 World Cup team. He made his India debut two years later and featured in 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is for India. He scored 934 and 249 runs in ODIs and T20Is. He has 9446 first class and 6534 List A runs under his belt.