Despite his on-field swagger,Robin Uthappa comes across as a simple and friendly man. The 24-year-old from Coorg candidly admits that being out of the national squad has been demoralising,and is open to play county cricket but not for a team with ICL players in their ranks. Excerpts from his chat with The Indian Express:
On being dropped from the Indian squad
• In hindsight,going back to domestic cricket has helped me re-assess my game. I have made a few technical adjustments like playing with an open stance which has helped me stabilise (at the crease). That seems to have worked; I am among the top-five run getters in 2008-2009 with 1150 runs against my name.
On the IPL being a platform for the players
• The uncertainty over the IPL is indeed a cause of concern for the players. Its a platform to showcase your talent. Last year,Yusuf Pathan was the find of the IPL. Without that,he probably wouldnt have been in the Indian team now.
On Rahul Dravid and MS Dhonis captaincy styles
• Rahul was a very good captain,aggressive in his own way,but he went very much by the book. Mahi,on the other hand,is more personal. He relates to his team mates more and thats why is so successful.
On Greg Chappell vs Gary Kirsten
• Gary has a fantastic mind,he doesnt suppress your personality. With Greg,it was more of a professor-student like relationship. You cant have that approach with the senior team and be successful. We also mustnt forget our support staff. Without Venky (bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad) we wouldnt have such a potent bowling line-up.
• I have set a two-year time frame to get into the Test team and cement my place there. I am looking forward to an opportunity to play in the English county,there you get a chance to play in the conditions we are not used to. Your technique improves.