Chennai Super Kings trade Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals ahead of 2021 IPL

After announcing their winning team ahead of the 2021 IPL auction, three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have now traded Robin Uthappa, 35, of Rajasthan Royals (RR).

On Thursday (January 21) night, the Chennai Super Kings announced their latest addition to the squad. CSK took its official accounts on social networks to confirm Robin Uthappa’s membership.

Speaking about his new trip, Uthappa said according to the Rajasthan Royals press release, “I really enjoyed my year with the Royals and had a great time being a part of this franchise. I am now excited about the next part of my cricket journey by joining CSK for IPL 2021. ”

Robin Uthappa is one of the most experienced players in IPL history. Although Uthappa has played 189 IPL games, he is the sixth most capped player in IPL history. The right-handed batsman scored 4,607 IPL runs (avg 27.92; hit rate 129.99), including 24 half centuries (best score – 87). In the history of the IPL, he is the ninth top scorer.

Robin Uthappa (Credits: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings: Robin Uthappa’s 6th IPL team

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings are the sixth IPL team for Robin Uthappa. He started his IPL career in 2008 when he served for the Mumbai Indians (MI). Then he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) during the 2009 and 2010 seasons and Pune Warriors India (PWI) between 2011 and 2013. Then from 2014 to 2019, he served for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Robin Uthappa, Chennai Super Kings, CSK, Rajasthan Royals, traded, IPL 2021
Robin Uthappa was an integral part of KKR (Photo-Getty)

After KKR released it prior to IPL 2020 auction, Rajasthan Royals (RR) bought it at IPL 2020 auction for INR 3 crore. But he didn’t have a good time overall IPL 2020 in the UAE as he scored just 196 points in 12 matches (average 16.33; strike rate 119.51), including his highest score of 41 points. It was his second worst performance in an IPL season, just behind his 2009 IPL campaign (175 races in 15 matches).

Now CSK have traded the experienced drummer from Rajasthan Royals.

Robin Uthappa won the Orange Cap in IPL 2014 and the Maximum Sixes Award in IPL 2010

Robin Uthappa played a very important role for KKR by winning the 2014 IPL Trophy. During this season Uthappa won the Orange Cap with 660 points in 16 matches (average 44.00; strike rate 137.78), including 5 half-centuries (best score – 83 *). After Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians; IPL 2010), Uthappa became the second Indian to win an orange cap in IPL history.

Robin Uthappa, Chennai Super Kings, CSK, Rajasthan Royals, traded, IPL 2021
Photo credit: IPL

Previously, at the 2010 IPL, cricketer RCB Uthappa won the Maximum Sixes award for hitting 27 sixes in 16 matches.

Although he has had an excellent IPL career for KKR, Robin Uthappa is the second top scorer in T20 for KKR with 2,649 T20 points for that team.

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