My hard work is paying off, says elated Uthappa

My hard work is paying off, says elated Uthappa

Uthappa was named man of the match for his unbeaten 68 on Tuesday against the Chennai Super Kings that helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore win their fourth match on the trot.

“I have worked a lot on my fitness and my batting in the last off-season,” Uthappa said. “I have made a few changes in my technique too, and you can see the difference now.”
Uthappa was quite brilliant after a sedate start, playing Muttiah Muralitharan with some ease and bringing out the reverse sweep too with good effect.

“I am comfortable with the reverse sweep,” he observed. “It’s something I have been working on. Murali was coming round the stumps, so the lbw was ruled out. I picked up his straighter one and the offies very well and it paid off.”

Late assault

Uthappa began slowly but made up in the end with a stunning late assault. “All I wanted to do was bat till the end and set up a good total for us,” he noted. “I am happy I did that. Thanks buddy, for dropping that catch,” he added, referring to his let-off on 25 when he was put down at long-on by Murali Vijay. The dressing room atmosphere, Uthappa pointed out, was very good. “We know what it takes to win and what it takes to come back when we are down,” he observed. “Last year, we had lost four matches on the trot and still made the final. Each individual knows his responsibilities very well and each one is executing his responsibilities to the best of his ability.

“Also, the Indian set-up is a lot better in our team. The Karnataka boys, whether it is Vinay or Manish, are all doing very well. I am particularly happy with the way Vinay is bowling, he has been picking up wickets regularly.”

Uthappa batted at number four on Tuesday, and said while he preferred batting at the top of the order, he was game to bat anywhere. “I would love to bat at the tiop of the order but I have batted at every position I have been asked to. As a team man, I have to do that and I am happy doing that,” the Banglore batsman, who scored his second IPL III fifty,  said.

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