Karismatic Uthappa needs inspiration

Written by: Anmol Gurung
Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 13:22 [IST]
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'Uthappa for No 7 spot for WC'

As World Cup countdown begins, various cricketing nations are trying to settle in with their best set of players to represent them. The Indian team are trying to do the same with a talented pool of youngsters in the Indian camp.

Openers, strike bowlers, the batting order, the spinning combination, India has been trying to stick with a special set of players but has been badly hit by injuries which has given limited choice to the captain and team management.

Even though the Indian batting is currently struggling in the Tri-series in Sri Lanka, India has immense talent in their batting line-up that the captain and the team management have found quite difficult to leave out players.

But the biggest debate has been about, who is best suited for the No 7 spot with World Cup ahead. Ravindra Jadeja has been given a fair number of chance and though he has had tough times, but he really has not been able to justify the No 7 spot.

Yousuf Pathan on the other hand has had problems facing the short delivery and has not been able to come to terms with pressure situations.

Given the opportunity, Robin Uthappa has the potential to be the 'best guy' for the special position.

Uthappa has the ability to hit some monstrous shots and if the situation demands him to stay in the crease for a longer innings(having played as an opener in his career), he sure has the technique to deliver that as well.

Some of you might think he is just a batsmen, not an all-rounder, but India better take a chance with a proper batsman or a proper bowler. And as it is India has enough spinners who can unitedly deliver 10 overs. The likes of Sehwag, Yuvraj who is highly underrated, then Sharma can roll his arms as well.

And Uthappa is not an ordinary batsmen, he surely seems to enjoy the No 7 position. The only thing is he needs that opportunity, the backing of the senior players and he surely has the potential to become one of the most dangerous batsman coming in at No 7.

One of the standout innings of Uthappa playing for India was when he came in at No 7 position and guided India home with a tremendous innings, In the sixth ODI of the NatWest Series 2007-2008, Uthappa scored a sensational 47 of 33 balls to take India to a thrilling victory, keeping Indian hopes alive in the 7 match series that they were trailing 2-3 before the match. Used to batting as an opener, in this match he came in at the unfamiliar position of no 7. When he came at the crease India were 5 down for 234 after 40.2 overs, still needing 83 from less than 10 overs. After Dhoni got out in the 47th over with the Indian score at 294, Uthappa kept a cool head to take India to the target with two balls to spare in a remarkable victory.

In the IPL season 3 playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers, Uthappa was phenomenal coming late down the order and guiding the Challengers home on numerous occasions.

The potential is there, he needs that support and backing from the team management. And as it is the World Cup is being held in the sub-continent, he can prove to be an asset. The sooner he gets the opportunity, the better it is.

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