Robin Uthappa smashed a brilliant half-century to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to victory over Rising Pune Supergiant on Wednesday.
Speaking about the innings, he told IPL T20.com in an interview, “It was an important innings. They batted well to get 182 and we pulled things back after the 16th over. They batted well again in the last two overs, so we knew we had to keep the run-rate going even after the first six overs. We could not take our foot off the pedal and were looking to get nine runs from every over and we were in a very good position by the 15th over. All in all, it was a very good day.”
On how difficult it was to pick up Kuldeep Yadav’s Google’s, he told iplt20.com, “Obviously, you keep to him as often as you can in the nets and that helps in understanding what he is bowling and when he is bowling it. Also, during the course of the game you understand what the batsman is doing and what the bowler is probably going to bowl. So, there is a sense of anticipation as well. It worked today for me and I am very happy.”
Asked about the importance of his consistent performances, he told IPL T20.com, “It is as important as any other season. It is important to keep performing and I have been doing that. The dream is to play for India again and represent the country in Test matches. The dreams are there but one can't think too far forward. You want to stay in the present and give your best foot forward. I believe hard work never goes unnoticed. I truly believe my turn will come.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent