Have settled down, enjoying myself: KKR superstar Robin Uthappa

first_imgRobin Uthappa made a mockery of Rising Pune Supergiant’s bowling attack to anchor Kolkata Knight Riders closer towards a play-off berth with a convincing seven-wicket win in their IPL 2017 encounter on Wednesday.The right-hander struck a match-winning 87 off just 47 balls and was ably supported by skipper Gautam Gambhir, who made 62 off 46 deliveries, as the two-time champions regained their spot in top of the standings with six wins from eight games.While Uthappa decorated his knock with seven boundaries and six hits over the fence, Gambhir’s innings was laced with six fours and one six.The duo stitched 158 runs off just 85 balls for the second wicket to help KKR chase down the 183-run target with 11 balls to spare.Uthappa, who won the man-of-the-match, said he has settled down with his technique and feeling much more confident.”I have always been strong. I said to somebody a few weeks ago that I have settled down with my technique. I feel confident and I am enjoying myself out there. It is very important to respect the momentum that we have created for ourselves,” Uthappa said.Chasing the target, Sunil Narine (15 off 9 balls) once again got KKR off to a brisk start before he was run out in the third over.Then Uthappa and Gambhir joined hands and took control off the chase with a bit of luck on their favour.Uthappa was lucky to have survived a close LBW call when he was yet to open his account and later when Jaydev Unadkat made a mess of a chance at deep midwicket off Imran Tahir’s bowling with the batsman on 12.advertisementThe stylish right-hander grabbed the opportunities with both hands and thereafter opened his arms to struck boundaries and sixes at will.Uthappa did not spare a single Pune bowler with young Washington Sundar and Unadkat facing the maximum wrath. Uthappa brought up his half-century in just 26 balls in the 11th over.Commenting on his wicket-keeping skills, Uthappa said he can get better with the gloves. He also praised MS Dhoni for setting the standards behind the wicket.”I can get better with the gloves. I am enjoying it though. MS has set the benchmark for all the Indians. Trying to get there, slowly but surely,” he said.last_img