Robin Uthappa, who has represented Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), will now be donning Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) jersey come Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
The batsman had previously expressed his wish for making a comeback to the Indian national team and is hoping that a good season with his new franchise will open the gate for the national side.
“I certainly believe that if we have a great season in the IPL, wonderful things could happen to me and even bring me back into the reckoning for the Indian team,” Uthappa had earlier said.
Uthappa is excited to play with Australia’s Steve Smith again. The duo had played together for extinct Pune Warriors India (PWI) between 2011 and 2013, but Uthappa believes that Smith has transformed his game since then.
“I have played with Steve [Smith] back in Pune Warriors India from 2011 to 13. But having seen the growth that he has made from that time, I am truly looking forward to interacting with him and learning from him in the time that we will be playing together this year,” Uthappa said.
IPL will be an escape for people
Furthermore, the Karnataka batsman believes that this year’s IPL season will be an escape for people from torrid times due to pandemic.
“I think it is in this unpredictable times, and with no end in sight so to speak, that we are all craving for a semblance of normalcy, and this tournament can bring that back to our lives,” he said.
“The IPL will be an escape for the people. Indians love cricket, and this will be a relief for them. In that sense, this will be a big IPL,” he added.
On being asked about Rajasthan’s chances at clinching the IPL title, the 34-year-old cricketer said, “As is any other team’s desire and intention, our desire as well is to go there and compete as well as we can, and hopefully win the tournament.
“So, we want to make it special, and I think winning it will make it extremely special.”