On Wednesday night, Uthappa took to social media to end his career, highlighted by a T20 World Cup triumph in 2007, Ranji Trophy titles and successes at the IPL. Numbers don’t always reveal the true picture and that’s true in Uthappa’s case. During a nine-year international career, Uthappa made 46 ODI and 13T20I appearances. It didn’t do justice to the ability and natural talent that helped him shine in 2002-03 Ranji Trophy Season. He last played for the country against Zimbabwe in an away series in 2015.
It has been my greatest honor to represent my country and my state, Karnataka. However, all good things must happen… https://t.co/dA0Ew7y2vK
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) 1663162327000
Uthappa made his Ranji Trophy debut for Karnataka against Haryana in Faridabad in December 2002. He went on to play 142 top-class matches (see box). Uthappa was part of Karnataka’s golden age of cricket when they won consecutive trebles in the 2013-15 and 2014-15 seasons. While being a top batsman, he also kept wickets. He left his home state in 2017 and moved to Saurashtra for two seasons, before moving to Kerala.
While he was prolific in red ball cricket, it was the shorter format that earned him an Indian cap and accolades. A veteran of the Indian Premier League, Uthappa played 15 seasons and represented six franchises – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. In 291 T20 games, Uthappa has amassed 7,272 points, with 92 being his highest tally.
In a note, in which he thanked those who have made a difference in his life and career, he said: “It’s been 20 years since I started playing professional cricket, and it has been the greatest honor to represent my country and my state, Karnataka. – a wonderful journey full of ups and downs; a journey that has been fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable and has allowed me to grow as a human being.”
Uthappa, who earned a no-objection certificate from Kerala, the last national team he represented, is likely to feature in overseas T20 leagues.