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
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.

  • He is currently the fifth highest run scorer in IPL of all time with 3390 runs