The Telegraph
Monday , April 21 , 2014
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Uthappa’s ‘correct’ cricket

Calcutta: Robin Uthappa has always been good to watch. The way he has brutalised bowling attacks in the past has earned him a reputation of a hard-hitting batsman.

Over the years, Uthappa has matured, realised his strengths and weakness and now claims to have ‘cleaned up’ his cricket for the better.

Though he might be disappointed about Kolkata Knight Riders losing their IPL match against Delhi DareDevils but Uthappa says he is happy about finally being able to play “correct” cricket.

Uthappa shone with a 41-ball 55 but KKR ended up losing against DareDevils by four wickets.

“I have changed my technique and I have cleaned up my cricket in a big way, which has helped me play more correct cricket. I believe while playing correct, you can still score a lot of runs and score at a good pace. The innings against Delhi was a proof of that,” Uthappa told IPL’s official website.

Uthappa said there were quite a few positives to be picked from Saturday’s loss.

“It was a good performance, I think we did really well throughout the game and it was just that 18th over when JP Duminy took off that changed the course of the game. There are a lot of positives to take from this game,” the batsman said.

“The energy within the team was really good, which is very important in a tournament like this.

“The way Manish Pandey batted and Shakib-al Hasan finished and the manner in which Vinay bowled initially, are the positives we can take,” he added. Uthappa said his own effort with the bat has given him the confidence to make more impact in the tournament.

“I am glad that I have been able to continue my good form from the domestic season, which has really helped. I am happy I can contribute to the team in a meaningful way,” he said.

The batsman said he has curbed some of his natural aggression but will not hesitate to charge down on getting any opportunity.

“The wickets here are a little slow and you want the ball to come on to you to play those kind of shots. If the wickets allow me to play those shots, I definitely will,” he said.