Aiyuda Robin Uthappa
Aiyuda Robin Uthappa was born on 11 November 1985 in Kodagu is a famous Kodava sportsperson. He is an International wicketkeeper-batsman who plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He made his One Day International debut in 2006. He is nicknamed ‘The Walking Assassin’ for his tactic of charging the bowler. He is first Indian player to make a half-century in a T20 international match against Pakistan in 2007.His father Venu was an international hockey umpire and later he served as the president of the Karnataka Hockey Association.
Aiyuda Venu Uthappa
- Did his schooling in Delhi Public School, New Delhi
- Completed his education from Sri Bhagavan Mahaveer Jain College, Bangalore
- He started his cricket career in the year 2005 where he caught the public’s attention when he made 66 for India B against India A in the Challenger Trophy
- His performance during the 2007 T20 World Cup saw him rising through the ranks. His innovative style of batting and his impressive strike rate saw him becoming a regular for India
- He was a member of the India Under-19 team that won the Asia Cup
- In 2006 he made match-winning 93-ball 100 against the same team which propelled him in the big league
- He played the ODI in January 2007 for the series against the West Indies where he scored a quick 70 in the third game followed by a quick fire 28 in the fourth game
- He was selected in the 15-member squad of the Indian team for the 2007 Cricket World Cup held in the West Indies in March–April 2007. He played in all three group games, but only scored 30 runs in total as India suffered a shock defeat to Bangladesh and a loss to Sri Lanka resulting in the team not qualifying for the Super 8 stage.
- In the sixth ODI of the NatWest Series 2007–2008, he scored 47 off 33 balls to take India to a thrilling victory, keeping Indian hopes alive in the 7- match series which they were trailing 2–3 before the match
- Uthappa also scored a crucial 50 against Pakistan in the 20–20 World Cup in South Africa with this; he became the first Indian to score a 50 in a 20–20 International match. India subsequently won the match in bowl out 3–0, where he bowled one of the three deliveries that hit the stumps.
- After his impressive performance in the seventh season of IPL, he was selected to captain the India A team for its tour of Australia in July 2013
- In November 2014, Robin was included into Indian One Day International squad for the last two matches against Sri Lanka.
- Robin was the part of the 30 men Indian squad for 2015 Cricket World Cup and was also included in team India which toured Zimbabwe in the same year.
- He played for Mumbai Indians in the 2008 Indian Premier League and scored 48 runs from 38 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore
- He scored 43 (36) including 6 fours and a six against Chennai Super Kings in 2008 IPL.
- In January 2009, he was swapped with Zaheer Khan and moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore His only noteworthy innings came against the Mumbai Indians in a match where he struck 66* off 42 balls to guide the RCB run-chase in 2009 season.
- In 2010 Indian Premier League he smashed a 21-ball 51 against Kings XI Punjab second fastest fifty in Indian Premier League. He struck an unbeaten 68 off just 38 balls against Chennai Super Kings. He also scored an unbeaten 50 from only 22 deliveries to take the Challengers to another comfortable win He ended the season with 374 runs from 14 innings at an average of 31.16. He also hit 27 sixes, which was the most by any batsman in that season.
- In 2011 Indian Premier League he was bought by Pune Warriors for a huge sum and was the second most expensive player in that auction behind Gautam Gambhir
- IPL 5 was a disappointing one for Pune Warriors India; Robin Uthappa remained their top scorer scoring 405 runs from 16 games, which included a blistering 69 against the RCB. The same happened in Season 6 of IPL, although team’s performance was poor, Robin Uthappa managed to score 434 runs in 16 matches.
- In the seventh season of IPL, he was drafted in by Kolkata Knight Riders. He failed to perform well in first leg of the tournament conducted in UAE. He was then promoted to the opening position with Gautam Gambhir and performed well in the India-leg of the season. He won the Orange Cap, given for scoring most runs in the season, 660, and in the process created a T20 record for having scored 40+ scores in 8 consecutive games. He eventually made 11, breaking the record held by Mathew Hayden of most 40+ scores in a single season.
- He was honoured the Domestic Cricketer of the Year 2013
- Received the Ekalavya award in 2010
- Robin Uthappa was honoured with the Madhavrao Scindia Award for being the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy 2014-15.