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Robin: Want to win matches for India
Excited to play final at home, says opener

Glenn Maxwell during a practice session, in Mumbai, on Thursday

Calcutta: Robin Uthappa has certainly hit a purple patch. The leading run-scorer of the IPL VII, is now looking forward to continuing with the good work for India, as he finds himself in the ODI squad after six years.

On Wednesday evening, while Kolkata Knight Riders earned the right to play the IPL final, the India squads for the one-dayers in Bangladesh and Tests in England were announced.

Later, he said that though it was satisfying to do well in the IPL, he now wanted to win matches for India.

Uthappa told the IPL official website that his hard work has not paid off yet. It would only matter if he can win matches donning national colours.

“I wouldn’t say my hard work has paid off as yet, but it has given me an opportunity to reap benefits. It is not about being a part of the Indian team; it is about winning matches for my country right now. I am grateful that I have got that opportunity and I am looking forward to it.

“I am happy that my performances have given me a chance to play for my country and I feel proud about that. I want to win matches for India and perform as an opener to the best of my ability.

“At this point, though, I am only thinking about the next game in the IPL. I have had a dream of a season, winning almost everything in the domestic circuit, and to top it up with the IPL title would be amazing,” he said.

Asked if eight consecutive wins for KKR seem like a fairytale, he said: “It is a dream run and we have played really well. After the initial hiccups, we knew every game was important. The most crucial thing was that we took one game at a time, which helped us perform in each game. We gelled very well as a unit.”

Robin Uthappa

Uthappa said the highlight of the KKR wins was the fact that everyone contributed and performed well in every aspect of the game. \

“We did well in all the three departments in most games, which has worked for us. Also, if one of those aspects failed, the other two made up for it. Even on Wednesday, our batting did not come off as well as it should have, but our bowling and fielding made up for it,” he added.

Knowing that they were just one win away from the final, he said: “There was a lot of energy on the field today.

“We had the winning momentum going our way… We understand that there is still one game to go… We will take the rest that we will get in the next couple of days and prepare ourselves for the final.”

The final, at Bangalore, will be a ‘home’ match for Uthappa. “Oh, yes! A few of us in this KKR side are from Karnataka and we are looking forward to going back home and playing in front of the home crowd.

“I think our home crowd will support us. We always ride on the support of the crowd and the atmosphere is going to be amazing.”

Uthappa, however, is not really happy with his performance yet.