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Robin Uthappa traded to CSK

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Robin Uthappa traded to CSK

Robin Uthappa will move to Chennai Super Kings for IPL 2021 after being traded out by Rajasthan Royals in an all-cash deal. The 35-year-old has previously played for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders before he was signed by the Royals last year for INR 3 crore.

"I really enjoyed my year at the Royals and had a great time being part of this franchise. I am now excited for the next part of my cricketing journey joining CSK for IPL 2021," Uthappa was quoted as saying in a Rajasthan Royals media release on Thursday (January 21).

Uthappa, who has played every season of the IPL since the tournament's inception, has scored 4607 runs from 189 games at a strike-rate of 129.99 in the competition. This includes 24 half-centuries and an Orange Cap-clinching 2014 season in which his 660 runs contributed to KKR's second title win.

The last two seasons, however, have seen a significant dip in Uthappa's IPL fortunes. He scored only 282 runs at 115.1 SR in 2019 and was released by the Knight Riders. A move to the Royals didn't work out either as he was shunted up and down the order and managed only 196 runs at 119.51 SR from 12 games.

CSK's acquisition of Uthappa may be predicated by the fact that they've lost two openers: Shane Watson, who retired after the 2020 season and Murali Vijay, who was released. They do, however, have Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Ruturaj Gaikwad, N. Jagadeesan and Sam Curran available to open the innings.

"We'd like to thank Robbie for his contribution during his time with us," Royals CEO Jake Lush McCrum said. "He provided significant value building into the season in our camps in Guwahati and Nagpur, and his speech during our World Cup winners session during the season was one of the most powerful we have heard.

"We do have depth with regards to openers in our squad, therefore when the offer came from CSK, we thought it was a good opportunity for all parties involved. We'd like to wish Robbie all the best for this season at CSK and his future beyond that."

The IPL trade window remains open and released players may yet move across teams.

 

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