Kolkata, Oct 30: Cricket is a crazy game, Players are considered to be demi-gods when they perform extremely well and when they do not play to their potential are hardly noticed. That's destiny. Even the most talented players are not remembered after a few years. There are various reasons for such situations, it could either be the form, fitness, performance level, consistency. Many cricketers who have performed extremely well in one or two series are generally termed one day wonders.
Whereas the consistent performers if not given chance to play for the national side are termed unlucky and a few who get ample opportunities to play for the team, they fail miserably. There are plenty of cricketers who fall under such categories, as we read this article, we are reminded of Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh to name a few. The recent addition to the list is Karnataka's stylish batsman Robin Uthappa.
Highly talented and a powerful cricketer, seems to be out of touch as soon as he wears the tri-colours. His records at the domestic level are excellent and suggest that he has enough potential to be a part of the national squad. The problem with this talented cricketer is consistency. He has not been able to perform well while playing for the country.
His impeccable performance in the Ranji Trophy made the selectors to include him in the national squad. Since his debut in 2006, Robin was considered to be a great prospect for the Indian team but that did not last long. He's been in and out of the team a several times. After his successful ODI debut against England in 2006, he was also called the "Walking assassin" for his ability to charge the bowler.
Having a played a vital role in India's win at the ICC World T20 in 2007 and the Nat-west series 2007-2008, he was considered to be the most reliable player. Soon after that his slump in form forced him to warm the benches and was eventually out of the squad by mid 2008.
After almost 3 years considering his first class performance, he got an opportunity to wear the tri-colours again but time and again, he has not utilised the opportunities. He has disappointed the selectors yet again with his dismal show against England in the lone T20 at Eden Gardens Kolkata on Oct 29, Saturday. "Opportunity doesn't strike the door twice". But here, though he had got another opportunity he refused to utilize it to a maximum extent.
Robin Uthappa, since his debut in 2006, has played 38 ODIs with 785 runs to his credit at an average of 27.10. With an average of 40.45 in first class cricket, with 4693 runs in his kitty from 71 matches he still happens to be sought out batsman for Karnataka. But even after 5 years since his international debut, future seems to be bleak. With many youngsters thronging the team, such players will surely be shown the way if not consistent. Its indeed sad to see such a talented cricketer not able to make it big at the International level.