IPL: Indian Premier League 2009

Playing for India comes first – Robin Uthappa

Written by saddam on January 23rd, 2011   (52 views)  

Discarded by the selectorsPlaying for India comes first - Robin Uthappa for World Cup 2011, Indian batsman Robin Uthappa said that, playing for country is his first priority.

“It feels pretty good and satisfying. There are people who think that I am worth that much. Eventually my passion is to play for the country first.

India cap is lot dearer to me than playing in the IPL. Playing for the country is more important. Players should strive hard to represent their country first than go for the IPL event. When they play for their country, their worth becomes that much that they can command good money,” Uthappa said today in New Delhi speaking to reporters.

Robin Uthappa fetched the second highest price of Rs 9.7 Crores at the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction. He was brought by the new IPL franchise Pune Sahara Warriors. Speaking about whether he was expecting such a record bid, Robin Uthappa said that, “Not necessarily that much. To be honest don’t know how to react. But I was sure to come somewhere close to that amount.”

“I hope to do well in the IPL and also hope that the selectors take a note of my performance. I have always tried to perform to the best of my abilities whenever I have got an opportunity to play for the country. But it’s up to the selectors whether I fit in their scheme of things or not,” Uthappa said.

Uthappa believes India as one of the favourites to win World Cup 2011 which will be played in the sub-continent.

“We are one of the favourites. Indian side is well prepared under captain Dhoni. We are one of the favourites. For other teams, I’ll say teams in the sub-continent will definitely have the advantage.”

From: cricindian

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