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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Cricket

Uthappa hopeful of securing a berth in India's World Cup team
PTI
Bangalore, August 11, 2014
First Published: 13:09 IST(11/8/2014)
Last Updated: 13:11 IST(11/8/2014)

Having had a poor run in the recently concluded India A team's tour of Australia where he failed to make a mark, discarded opener Robin Uthappa is now eyeing the Ranji Trophy to make his case for a berth in the Indian squad for the 2015 World Cup squad.

"I am as hopeful just like anyone else would be. I think my chances are as good as anybody. I am looking forward to every upcoming tournaments especially Ranji Trophy to showcase my talent and secure a berth in the Indian World Cup squad," Uthappa told PTI in an interview at the Adidas Training Run event ain Bangalore.

Uthappa said he is confident of securing a berth in the World squad considering his excellent show in last couple of years where he scored tons of runs under his belt in domestic one-day cricket.

"I have been highest run-getter in various domestic tournaments in the last two years. I have tremendous faith in my skills and ability to score runs. It will be very interesting and exciting next few months for me," Uthappa said.

Uthappa also had an amazing run in 2014 Indian Premier League, scoring 660 runs, which was the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a single edition of the tournament.

Asked was he disappointed for not being picked up for the England tour inspite if giving your best in domestic arena, Uthappa said, "Yes I did but I think that's okay though."     

However, he has the ability to make a comeback with stronger performance, Uthappa said.

"I have the ability to make a comeback with strong performance. I can validate my selection by giving my best, which I have been doing for the last two domestic seasons," he added.

Uthappa last played for India was in a T20 International against South Africa in Johannesburg in March 2012.


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