Recalled Uthappa hopes it is more than one chance

Written by: Aprameya .C
Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 17:36 [IST]
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Uthappa hopes for extended run

Bangalore, Mar 7: Karnataka's Robin Uthappa is hoping for a longer stint with the Indian team than just being part of the one-off Twenty20 International against South Africa later this month.

The hard-hitting young batsman, who was on Wednesday, selected for the T20 game against South Africa in Johannesburg on March 30, wants to be "considered for more than one game."

"Hopefully, I am considered for more than one game," Uthappa told ThatsCricket from New Delhi, on Wednesday.

It will be another comeback for this talented 26-year-old, who last played for India in a T20 International against England in Kolkata on October 29, 2011.

"After the England game, I was looking for continuity in the team. However, that did not happen," he said.

The right-handed opener is hoping to don the Indian jersey for the World Twenty20 Championship in September in Sri Lanka. He was part of the victorious Indian World T20 team in 2007.

Uthappa has forced the selectors to include him in the shortest format of the game as he has been in good from in domestic One Dayers. He scored back-to-back centuries while captaining Karnataka in the South Zone Vijay Hazare Trophy One Day competition recently in Bangalore. He powered Karnataka to the title.

Uthappa knows that T20 is such a format that you hardly have time to settle and make your mark.

"It is just one T20 game in South Africa. But I am really looking forward to being there and playing. I would like to get more time with the Indian team," he said.

He added that the conditions will be different and he is hoping for the best.

"I have been in good form in the domestic circuit. However, the conditions will be different in South Africa. I am hoping for the best," Uthappa, who plays for Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League, said.

Uthappa is gearing up for a busy schedule this month and in April. He will be playing in Deodhar Trophy, representing South Zone, All-India Twenty20 Knockout Tournament and next month's IPL 5.

Before he takes the flight with the Indian team to Johannesburg, he will be involved in a pre-season camp with the Pune Warriors.

Uthappa certainly deserves more than one chance and hope the Indian selection committee feels the same.


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