Robin Uttapa wins Border-Gavaskar scholarship

Published: Tuesday, July 6, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Opening batsman and wicketkeeper Robin Uttappa of Karnataka has been selected for coaching in Australia under Border-Gavaskar scholarship scheme after his most impressive performance during Star Cricket Club's (Under-19) recent successful tour of England and Scotland.

The Karnataka lad, who accumulated 740 runs during the month-long tour, scoring two, five half-centuries, was brilliant behind the stumps and was the first choice for the coaching scheme, a release said in Mumbai.

The team played 16 matches during the tour winning 13 matches and losing just three to Kent second XI, Scotland (East) and Scotland (West). They registered impressive wins over MCC, Scotland 'A', Warwickshire League Eleven, Essex XI, Joe Hussein's select XI and Featherstone Cricket Club among others, the release adds.

Some of the other batsmen to impress during the tour were Mumbai's wicketkeeper-batsman Sushant Marathe, scoring 565 runs with brilliant knocks of over 80 against Kent second XI, MCC and Scotland 'A', 15-year-old Himalaya Sagar of Madhya Pradesh (545 runs with one unbeaten 134 and six half-centuries), Rohan Saldanha of Mumbai (403 runs), Afzal Owamor of Nagpur (400) and Sarvesh Damle (310), the release said.

Among the bowlers, offie Amal Kokje of Indore (MP) took 36 wickets including five-wickets haul twice followed by left-arm spinner Ronak Sachdeva of Mumbai (24 wickets).

Avijit Singh Verma of Indore (315 runs and 14 wickets) came up with the best all-round performance during the tour, the release adds.

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