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Despite off form, Robin is hopeful

Bangalore: 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 World Cup.

“I am as hopeful as anyone else would be… I think my chances are as good as anybody’s. I am looking forward to the upcoming tournaments, especially the Ranji Trophy, to showcase my talent and secure a berth in the Indian World Cup squad,” Uthappa said.

Uthappa is banking on his good record in the domestic circuit to claim his stake. “I have been the 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 IPL, scoring 660 runs, the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a single edition of the tournament.

Asked if he was disappointed for not being picked for the England tour, Uthappa said: “Yes, but I think that’s okay.

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

Asked about Karnataka’s chances in this year’s Ranji Trophy after being pooled with strong teams, Uthappa said: “I think Ranji Trophy will be very exciting because this year there are so many strong teams (Karnataka, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh) in one group… It is good to be pitted against the strong teams. It brings the best out of the players,” he said. (PTI)