Former India and Karnataka batter Robin Uthappa, who was part of the Indian team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup, has announced his retirement from all forms of Indian cricket. Chennai Super Kings CSK top player announced retirement before IPL 2023. Back to back retirement announcement in Indian cricket after Suresh Raina.
Kannadiga CSK top player Robin Uthappa, he made the announcement on his Twitter handle. “It has been my greatest honour to represent my country and my state, Karnataka. However, all good things must come to an end, and with a grateful heart, I have decided to retire from all forms of Indian cricket. Thank you all,” Uthappa tweeted.
“It’s been 20 years since I started playing professional cricket, and it has been the greatest honour to represent my country and state, Karnataka- wonderful journey of ups and downs; one that has been fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable and has allowed me to grow as a human being. However, all good things must come to an end and with a grateful heart I have decided to retire from all forms of Indian cricket. While I will spend a signficant time with my young family, I look forward to charting a new phase in life,” he wrote in his farewell note.
After Robin Uthappa announced his retirement, he thanked all the IPL teams he has played so far, including MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders for whom he also won 1 title during his stay. Uthappa will no more take part in this franchise tournament. Although he has opened doors for himself to feature in leagues abroad.
He was a part of the Chennai Super Kings franchise that won the 2021 IPL title and was also an integral part of the Kolkata Knight Riders team that had won the title in 2012 and 2014 under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy. Uthappa scored 934 runs in 46 ODIs for India and also scored 249 runs in 13 T20Is.
One of his most telling contributions in international cricket was a knock of 50 runs in the group match against Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup. He returned to hit the stumps in a “bowl out”after the match had ended in a tie. His celebration in which he took his cap off and took a bow remains etched in the memory of Indian cricket fans. As of now he is the 9th highest run-getter in the history of the Indian Premier League, having scored 4952 runs in 205 matches with 27 fifties under his belt.