India wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa said yesterday the Zimbabwe tour call-up was an opportunity he was waiting for the last three-four years, adding he would try to utilise the chance to cement his place in the side.
Robin Uthappa addresses the media at a city hotel yesterday. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane will lead a 15-member team for three ODIs and two Twenty20 matches as regular skipper Virat Kohli, among other seniors, were rested for the series. India face the hosts in the first ODI on July 10.
"I am very grateful that finally I will get a whole series to play after playing one or two games in a year. I am looking forward to the tour. This is the opportunity I was waiting for last three to four years. The hard work I have put in has given me positive results now," Uthappa said here at a press conference.
"I want to make the opportunity I have got. I want to consolidate my place in the squad, as I believe I have a lot to offer for the Indian team."
Speaking on the aspect of being a wicketkeeper-batsman he said, "It has been quite an enjoyable journey. Initially it was a bit of a trouble, but as time went I fell in love with it."