Robin Uthappa, after playing a match-winning for CSK in the first qualifier of IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals, said that CSK has provided the players a very secure environment which makes the players want to perform an extra mile for the franchise when the need arises.
Robin Uthappa recalled his KKR days as well and said that he had felt very secure playing under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir at KKR a few years back and after his KKR stint, it’s at CSK that he has felt the most secure.
“I always maintain that this has been one of the most secure franchises going around and everyone feels secure within the group and I think that only makes a player only give that much more to the franchise,” Uthappa said in his post-match interview.
“After KKR, when Gauti was the captain I really enjoyed myself there and felt really secure in that group, but after that, this is the most secure I’ve felt while playing cricket in a while,” Uthappa added.
Robin Uthappa wasn’t in the playing XI of CSK for most parts of the league phase
Uthappa didn’t get the opportunity to be in the playing XI of CSK for the first 12 games of the league phase of IPL 2021, but then he got his opportunity because of Suresh Raina’s injury. Although he couldn’t make it count in the first couple of games he played, he delivered when it mattered the most.
CSK were chasing a substantial total and lost the wicket of one of their main batsmen, Faf du Plessis in the first over of the innings itself. But Uthappa walked in at no. 3 and took no time to get going. He played his shots in the powerplay and at the end of the powerplay, he had put CSK in a position where they had an upper hand in the game.
Although Uthappa got out after scoring 63 runs off 44 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes, CSK’s finishers including the captain MS Dhoni himself got the job done as CSK won by 4 wickets on the 4th ball of the 20th over.