However, while his century was a brilliant endorsement for the gentleman’s game, there was a sour point during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ innings. Although the incident was not a huge one, it left a bad taste.
It was in the third over during Kolkata Knight Riders’ chase. The team were already struck with a double whammy of losing captain Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine cheaply in the first 15 balls.
Gambhir did start well, with a couple of boundaries in the first over, but fell to Siddarth Kaul while trying to hit him for a big one. It went high up in their air before Rashid Khan comfortably held on to it while the batsmen crossed over.
Uthappa held the key in the chase and he started brightly by striking his first boundary between mid-on and the mid-wicket region. However, as he reached the non-striker’s end, Uthappa seemed to give a gentle push to Kaul who could only raise his hands in disbelief. The wicketkeeper-batsman could also be seen saying a few words to Kaul, to which the latter did not reply.
Yuvraj Singh, who was present at the time of the incident, could be seen vividly shaking his head in disbelief to the unsporting gesture while trudging back to his fielding position. However, when rain halted play, he could also be seen walking up to Uthappa, having an arm around him and trying to play the peacemaker’s role while trying to remind the batsman how a senior like him should be treating a youngster like Kaul.