Veteran India opener Robin Uthappa has clarified that he doesn’t regret changing technique at the age of 25 in pursuit of playing Test cricket. The dashing batsman, who has represented his country in 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is is yet to realise his dream of playing red-ball cricket for his country.
On May 19 (Tuesday), Times Of India (TOI) reported that Robin admitted of losing his natural flair when he decided to tweak with the batting technique. Notably, Robin Uthappa spent a brief period with Pravin Amre to work on his techniques and batting long hours to live his dream.
I don’t regret changing my technique: Robin Uthappa
However, the 34-year-old, in an exclusive chat with Cricfit editor Mikkhail Vaswani, revealed that TOI took things out of context. Robin Uthappa clarified that although he said that changing the technique at the age of 21 years would have helped him better but he doesn’t regret changing it.
“Well, yeah is it for me, you know today in the Times Of India, they took something that I kind of said out of context,” Robin said. “You know, I would like to take this opportunity here to clear it out. I did say that yes, I probably made the change to overhaul my technique may be a little late in life but if I realised it slightly earlier, if I had probably done it at the age of 21, it would have definitely served me helping playing Test cricket. But I don’t regret the fact that I went and overhauled my technique. I absolutely love the fact that I actually went and overhauled my technique because I learnt so much about the game,” he added.
Didn’t want to leave any stones unturned: Robin Uthappa
Furthermore, Robin Uthappa, who opened up on his relationship with MS Dhoni, admitted that he didn’t want to end with any regret in his career. The cricketers, who turned out for Kerala in the last domestic season, stated that he didn’t want to leave any stones unturned and it was one of the many things he did to play Test cricket for India.
“I have always believed that I am a student of the game and the fact that I was able to go out there and put myself in a position where I go back after having been a World Cup winner and achieving a lot of success.
I didn’t have to overhaul my technique but I chose to because I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned in my pursuit of wanting to achieve that Test cap. So I didn’t want to keep any stones unturned later on. I didn’t want to go down at the end of my career and say that maybe if I changed my technique at some point of time I probably would have played Test cricket. I didn’t want to have those regrets,” he signed off.