Robin Uthappa has revealed that the day the IPL mega auction was taking place, he was literally praying that he was picked by CSK and it didn’t matter to him how much money he was going to get. He just wanted to be picked by CSK.
Robin Uthappa played his first IPL season for CSK last year and he had to sit on the bench waiting for his chance for a major part of the season. He eventually got his opportunity in the latter parts of the season because Suresh Raina was out of form and the veteran right-hander made his opportunity count in a grand manner.
Uthappa, who had already won two IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders, scored a match-winning fifty for CSK in qualifier 1 and then scored a rapid 15-ball 31 batting at no. 3 in the final match to power the men in yellow to title glory for the fourth time in their history.
Enjoyed my first season at CSK a lot: Robin Uthappa
According to Uthappa, who was talking to CSK’s official website, he enjoyed his first season at CSK so much that he wanted to get back there again and do well for the team. However, he is a little sad that his old friend Suresh Raina is not going to be there this season.
Raina, who is a CSK legend and CSK’s highest run-scorer of all time, wasn’t bought by the franchise in the mega auction after he struggled with his form last season. The left-hander has already retired from international cricket and hasn’t featured in domestic cricket for about a year.
The other members of the CSK core group that the franchise failed to bought in the mega auction were Shardul Thakur and Faf du Plessis and Uthappa insisted that those two would be missed in the group as well.
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Shardul was bought at a hefty price of over 10 crore INR by Delhi Capitals, while Faf du Plessis was bought by CSK’s arch rivals RCB for 7 Crore INR. Faf and Thakur were two of the vital cogs of CSK’s line up last season with bat and ball respectively.