Robin Uthappa: 2 Decade Veteran And Still An Amazing Cricketeer

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The full name of Robin Uthappa is Robin Venu Uthappa. He was born in the year 1985 on 11th November. His native place is Kodagu which is in Karnataka, India. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Jain University and bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium. He takes on the duty of wicket-keeper on occasion. His parents’ names are Roselyn and Venu Uthappa. 

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Real NameRobin Aiyuda Uthappa
NicknameRobbie
ProfessionIndian cricketer
Date of Birth11 November 1985
Age (as in 2021)35 years old
Zodiac SignScorpio
NationalityIndian
ReligionChristian
CastNot Known
Home TownKodagu, Karnataka
Wife NameSheetal Goutham
ChildrenSon– Neale Nolan Uthappa
GirlfriendsSheetal Goutham
Net worth$11 million
Salary3,00,00,000(IPL)
Height (approx.)5-7”(In Feet)
Weight (approx.)72kg

He married Sheethal Goutham in 2016 who was his girlfriend for a long time. He played forty-six One Day International (ODI), thirteen Twenty20 International (T20I), one hundred and thirty-nine first-class cricket, and one hundred and ninety-seven List A cricket. His year of activeness starts from 2002 till the present. After a string of poor performances in domestic cricket, Uthappa became depressed and contemplated suicide. But after that, he came back with a bang and performed well in all the matches.

CRICKET CAREER

Robin Uthappa turned many eyebrows in 2005 when he scored 66 runs in the challenger trophy. The match was between India A and India B. He played for India B. Again in the year 2006 he scored a century with ninety-three balls in the same tournament between the same teams. When the team India Under 19 won the Asia Cup he was a part of the team. During his List A match, his strike rate was around ninety, indicating that he was a limited-overs specialist.

His first One Day International (ODI) was on 15th April 2006. His debut was fantastic as he made eighty-six runs as an opening batsman. In January 2007, Robin Uthappa played One Day International(ODI) against West Indies and scored ninety-eight runs. His One Day International (ODI) shirt number was originally seventeen, but it had been later changed to thirty-seven. The last One Day International(ODI) which he had played against Zimbabwe was on 14th July 2015.

Robin Uthappa has been assigned to a team of fifteen cricketers for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. As one may say, luck is not always on one’s side. A similar thing happened to him in that world cup, he scored only thirty runs in total in all the matches. India however didn’t qualify as they failed to defeat Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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In the sixth One Day International of the Natwest Series, it was due to him that India won that match. Robin Uthappa scored forty-seven runs in thirty-three balls pushing India towards victory in the seventh match. Even though it was Dhoni, who was knocked out after the 47th over, who made a significant difference. India still required 83 runs, and there were ten overs left. Uttapa scored those runs, and India won the game.

In the Twenty- 20 World Cup against Pakistan, he scored fifty runs in that match. This match took place in South Africa in 2007. He was the first Indian to score a half-century in the Twenty-20 International match. His debut in the Twenty-20 International was against Scotland on 13th September 2007. His last Twenty-20 International was on 19th July 2015 against Zimbabwe. 

In the 2015 Cricket World Cup, he was included in the Thirty member squad.

In June 2019 he moved to Saurashtra to participate in the Ranji Trophy season.

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE(IPL)

In the Indian Premier League, he has played for several teams since 2008.

  • 2008: Mumbai Indians
  • 2009-2010: Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • 2011-2013: Pune Warriors India
  • 2014-2019: Kolkata Knight Riders
  • 2020: Rajasthan Royals
  • 2021-22: Chennai Super Kings

FROM IPL 2008-2010

Robin Uthappa’s debut with Mumbai Indians was a fantastic opening. His debut Indian Premier League was against Royal Challengers Bangalore where he scored forty-eight runs in thirty-eight balls. In his following game, he scored 43 runs in 36 balls against Chennai Super Kings. Robin Uthappa made six fours and six sixes in that game. He and Dwayne Bravo hit 123 runs in a match against Kolkata Knight Riders during the same season of the Indian Premier League. Against the Delhi Daredevils, he scored forty runs in thirty-six balls. 

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In the 2009 Indian Premier League, he moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore team by swapping with Zaheer Khan. That season brought a great disappointment to him as he could only score sixty-six runs against Mumbai Indians. In 2010, Robin Uthappa played against Kings XI Punjab scoring fifty-one runs in twenty-one balls. In that season when he played against Kolkata Knight Riders he scored fifty runs in only twenty-two balls. For his performances in 2010, he was named in the Cricinfo IPL XI. He also hit 27 sixes, which was the most by any batsman in that season. 

IPL 2011 to 2022

In the 2011 Indian Premier League, he was purchased in an auction by Pune Warriors for a stunning US$2.1 million (roughly INR 9.4 crores). Robin Uthappa was the auction’s second most expensive player, trailing only Gautam Gambhir, who was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders for US$2.4 million. According to the Bangalore Mirror, Robin Uthappa converted to Roman Catholicism a few days before the Champions League T20 began at the Holy Ghost Church in Bangalore. The ceremony was presided over and conducted by Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore.

Robin Uthappa
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In the 2020 IPL, he scored 196 runs by playing 12 matches . In that season he was bought by Rajasthan Royals. 

In 2022 he was bought by Chennai Super Kings at a price of ₹ 2 crores.

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