India batsman Robin Uthappa picked the best captain he has played under and surprisingly it was neither Rahul Dravid nor MS Dhoni – the captains under whom he has played majority of his worldwide cricket. Uthappa picked Gautam Gambhir, his skipper at IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders because the best chief he has played under.
“Gauti, for me, stood out. Even though he doesn’t speak much, he communicates just what is enough, and you know that you’re in a good place. Good leaders make you feel secure, then they let you be, and you see that in their results as a captain,” Uthappa advised ESPNCricinfo.
Uthappa had played six seasons under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy in Kolkata Knight Riders. He was first purchased by KKR in 2012 and he played a serious function in KKR lifting the trophy for the primary time that 12 months. Uthappa gained one other IPL for KKR in 2014. The wicket-keeper batsman, who additionally played one season under Dinesh Karthik’s captaincy in KKR, was launched by the franchise forward of this season’s public sale.
He was picked up Rajasthan Royals and is meant to represented the franchise in IPL 2020, at any time when or if in any respect that takes place. On being part of Rajasthan Royals this season, he says, “I am genuinely looking forward to meeting and spending time with Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Oshane Thomas, Tom Curran and others because its only when guys come together, and set the common goal of wanting to win, and that desire is vehemently expressed, you know that it is going to come through.”
“What we need today is a good finisher. I have been practicing a lot because these things are like a process; they don’t just happen overnight. You need to work on it every day. And God willing, it will happen at some point,” he mentioned.
The present additionally launched viewers to Robin’s private life. Robin has been making the best of the lockdown by spending high quality time along with his spouse and son, Neale Nolan Uthappa, in Bangalore. He introduces Neale and narrates an attention-grabbing story behind the identify ‘Neale Nolan.’
“Our entire family is a huge Christopher Nolan fan, so, we had decided to name our son ‘Nolan Robin Uthappa.’ But then we (my wife and I) came across the author “Neale Donald Walsch” of ‘Conversation with God’s’ fame. He had a big affect over us. So we determined to drop ‘Robin’ and name him ‘Neale Nolan Uthappa’ as an alternative,” he mentioned.
Robin is an avid reader, and in addition likes to bake and prepare dinner in his free time, which he has been doing rather a lot these days. He used to learn autobiographies of cricketers on a regular basis, but it modified after an incident.
“My biggest learning came after I read Steve Waugh’s autobiography, where he spoke about how he was a grafter, his grit, determination, and how he enjoyed the struggle as it brought out the best in him. I got so influenced that suddenly I found myself batting and trying to struggle, even if I wasn’t. So that’s when I thought, I should stop reading these books while I am playing,” he mentioned.
(With company inputs)