Chennai Super Kings (CSK) rookie Robin Uthappa has spoken about what MS captain Dhoni spoke about when he called him after Uthappa was traded by the three-time IPL champions before the 2021 IPL auction.
Robin Uthappa had been traded by CSK for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an all-cash deal ahead of the 2021 IPL auction, to fill Shane Watson’s shoes at the top as an opener and save potential. The 35-year-old is eager to show up for the men in yellow, revealing details of a special conversation with MS Dhoni after his move was confirmed.
I want you to know that I haven’t made the decision to come here: Robin Uthappa on MS Dhoni
Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni were both part of the Indian 2007 World Cup team and also won the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup for the Indian team. Many have speculated that this familiarity with Uthappa’s gameplay was the reason MS Dhoni personally called for the trade deal to be done.
He also revealed that Dhoni told him that his move to the CSK camp was a decision made by all of the management involving the CEO of the franchise as well.
“He actually called me. He said, “I want you to know that I haven’t made the decision to come here. It was actually the decision of the management group, which involved the coaches and the CEO ”,” Uthappa said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.
Robin Uthappa lit up the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year, helping Kerala advance to the quarter-finals for the first time in eight years. He played with 377 points in six games, doing so at a staggering 131.81 strike rate.
“He also said – and that’s what I love about him – ‘I didn’t want anyone to think I was the one choosing you. I wanted you to join the team with your own abilities and with your own skills. And when it happened to me, I said, please ask everyone to make the decision about you. Because everyone could feel “because MS is here, Robin has arrived”, “ Uthappa added.
I really appreciate the honesty of MS Dhoni: Robin Uthappa
Additionally, Robin Uthappa said that such a vote of confidence helps a player’s self-confidence ahead of a big tournament like the IPL. He also thanked MS Dhoni for his honesty and for his support in his abilities.
“It’s amazing, isn’t it, when there is this level of honesty. I really appreciate this. For me, I know that I got there by my own skills, by my own credibility. That’s what I love about MS. You want to play for a leader like that, who gives you that confidence, “Hey, you came here on your own credibility. I did not do anything “, Said Robin Uthappa.
The Chennai Super Kings will open their 2021 IPL campaign against the Delhi capitals in Mumbai on April 10.