CSK Batsman Robin Uthappa Announces Retirement From International Cricket

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Robin Uthappa, the hard-hitting batsman, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, capping a 20-year professional career. The 36-year-old made the announcement on Twitter, saying he wanted to spend more time with his young family and “chart a new era in his life.”

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa

Uthappa appeared in 59 games for India (46 ODIs and 13 T20Is) and helped India win the 2007 T20 World Cup. Rising top-order batsman Uthappa made his impact with a century in the 2006 Challenger Trophy in Mohali. He scored 86 against an England attack that comprised James Anderson, Liam Plunkett, and Sajid Mahmood in his maiden ODI.

He was chosen to represent India in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, where he finished in the first round. Later that year, on India’s tour of England, Uthappa was demoted to finisher and scored 47 runs off 33 balls at The Oval. Later in his career, he batted in the top order for India during their run to the T20 World Cup in South Africa, and he also took part in a ‘Bowl Out’ triumph over Pakistan during the tournament’s group stage.

Uthappa was demoted and made only a few appearances in 2014 and 2015. During his T20 career, he was a key member of various IPL clubs, including the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Pune Warriors India.

The right-handed batter made his impact in 2014, when he earned the Orange Cap during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ championship-winning season, and he stayed with the team for a long time. Seven years later, Uthappa’s 15-ball 31-ball blitz upset KKR, allowing Chennai Super Kings to win their fourth IPL title at the expense of his previous team. CSK kept him at his base price of INR 2 crore before the 2022 season, but he only scored 230 runs in 12 innings, resulting in a disastrous year for the organisation.

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Uthappa scored 4952 runs in 205 IPL games, with a strike rate of 130.35 and 27 half-centuries. In 142 first-class games for his native state of Karnataka, Uthappa scored 9446 runs at an average of 40.46, including 22 centuries, and was a member of a side that won the domestic triple (Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Irani Trophy) in consecutive seasons (2013-2015)

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