Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa on Wednesday rued his inability to capitalise on the chances he got during India's recent ODI series in Zimbabwe due to errors of judgement but vowed to stage a comeback to the national team.
"T20 went pretty well, but unfortunately I couldn't capitalise in ODIs. But I am working hard and I will keep doing my best and hopefully I will play for India again," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by Bijapur Bulls, a Karnataka Premier League team.
Uthappa made some poor contributions in three one-dayers against Zimbabwe, but did well in Twenty20 International matches. He scored zero and three while playing at number five and 31 while batting at number three in the ODIs. In Twenty20 matches, Uthappa scored an unbeaten 39 and 42.
Uthappa, who has played mostly as an opener in the shorter version of the game, said batting at number five was a new experience for him. "Batting at that position (number five) was something new to me. Probably I was too keen to do well, and made some wrong judgements at that point of time," said 29-year-old Uthappa, who has scored 934 runs from 46 ODIs at an average of 25.94.
Nevertheless, Uthappa said his preparations were going on as usual and it's good to have a lot of Twenty20 games ahead of the T20 World Cup next year in India. "Preparations are going as usual. It is good to have lot of T20 games since the World Cup is coming up. So you can never play few good games. It is always good to play these games," he said.
Speaking on the KPL season, Uthappa said he was looking forward to the tournament and would like to play to his potential. "I am happy to be a part of this side (Bijapur Bulls) and I am looking forward to the KPL tournament. We have got a good side and I think we play to our potential," he said.
Asked about the difference of money he gets in IPL and KPL, Uthappa said, "I am of the impression that a lot of people did not know I am playing or not. I think it came as a surprise and kind of unsettled the plan.
"So, the money does not matter for me. I think just the experience of playing with these boys and playing T20 cricket is something I am looking forward to," he said.