''It was a long cherished dream of making it to the World Cup team. I was dreaming of wearing Indian colours in the World Cup and now it is fulfilled,'' said the dashing opener who came up with an inspired performance in the recent series against the Lankans.
Thrilled to make the cut, the youngster exuded confidence that the team would do well in the Caribbean.
''God willing, I'm sure we will bring back the past glory by winning the World Cup'', Uthappa said in a function where the cricketer was felicitated by Jain Group of Institutions here on Thursday.
However, the promising batsman hastened to add that his dream was realised through dedication and hard work and asserted it did not come overnight.
''My sincere advice to students is that have a dream and work in achieving it... Set up a goal and show commitment and certainly you will achieve it. There is nothing which cannot be achieved in this world. But you should work hard,'' he said.
Uthappa, who debuted against England at Indore last year, had so far played eight ODIs and scored 255 with highest score of 86 in his debut match.
Son of international hockey referee Venu Uthappa, the youngster had played for the country in Under-19 and Ranji trophy. At one time he was a wicketkeeper-batsman but he gave up wearing gloves to concentrate on batting and occasionally bowls medium pace.