Robin Uthappa will be sharing a dressing room with Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Uthappa revealed his conversation with MS Dhoni regarding IPL trading.
Robin Uthappa was traded to Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021 auction by Rajasthan Royals after a solitary season. Since there’s a long association between MS Dhoni and Robin Uthappa, there was speculation that the former must have a call behind the trading of Uthappa. Uthappa told that he had a conversation with MS Dhoni after his move was confirmed but not exactly what was assumed. “He, in fact, called me. He said, ‘I want you to know that I didn’t make the decision about you coming in here. It was actually the decision of the leadership group, which involved the coaches and the CEO’,” Uthappa said.
Uthappa continued, “He also said – and that’s what I love about him – ‘I didn’t want anyone to think that I was the one picking you. I wanted you to get into the team with your own ability and with your own skill. And when it came to me, I said, please ask everybody else in making the decision about you. Because anyone might feel ‘because MS is there, Robin got here’.”
Dhoni’s Confidence on Uthappa
Uthappa mentioned that he loved Dhoni honestly. He also explained how the confidence coming from a captain matters for a player. “It is amazing, right, when there is that level of honesty. I truly appreciate that. For me, I know that I have gotten there by my own skill, by my own credibility. That is what I love about MS. You want to play for a leader like that, who gives you that confidence that, ‘Hey, you have come in here by your own credibility. I’ve done nothing,” Robin Uthappa said.
Uthappa who is looking forward to his next IPL assignment has a terrific Vijay Hazare Trophy. It was his showing that helped Kerala qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time in eight years. Uthappa amassed 377 runs in six games at a stunning strike rate of 131.81.