Indian wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa turns 31 today. We bring to you some interesting facts about the Karnataka player on his birthday.
Robin Uthappa. Pic/ AFP
Robin Uthappa scored 86 runs on his ODI debut against England in 2006. It was the highest score by an Indian player on a debut in ODIs.
He is nicknamed ‘The Walking Assassin’.
Uthappa became the first Indian player to score a half-century in a T20I match. He scored 50 runs against Pakistan to take the team total to 141. The match ended in a draw.
Robin Uthappa was the costliest player, behind Gautam Gambhir, to be purchased during the IPL 2011 season. He was bought by Pune Warriors India for USD 2.1 million.
He won the Orange cap (top scorer of the tournament) in the IPL 7 season with 660 runs scored for Kolkata Knight Riders.
He holds the record for most consecutive 40+ scores in 8 games consecutively.
He broke Matthew Hayden’s record of most 40+ scores in a single season by scoring so 11 times.
His impressive performance during the IPL 7 season saw him selected as captain of the India A team touring Australia.
In all he played for four Indian Premier League teams – Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders.