New Delhi: Former India batsman Robin Uthappa announced his retirement from all forms of international and domestic cricket on Wednesday. Uthappa was playing for Kerala in domestic cricket. He has now obtained a no-objection Certificate (NOC) from the state and can take up assignments in overseas T20 leagues.
Taking to Twitter, Uthappa said, “It has been my greatest honour to represent my country and my state, Karnataka. However, all good things must come to an end, and with a grateful heart, I have decided to retire from all forms of Indian cricket. Thank you all ❤️”
Uthappa was one of the heroes of the 2007 T20 World Cup, when India lifted the trophy. The 36-year-old Uthappa last played for India in 2015.
“It’s been 20 years since I started playing professional cricket, and it has been the greatest honour to represent my country and state, Karnataka- wonderful journey of ups and downs; one that has been fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable and has allowed me to grow as a human being.”
With the Wednesday’s announcement, the right-handed Karnataka batter is eligible to play in leagues of other countries.
Uthappa was part of the country’s 2004 Under-19 World Cup team. He made his India debut two years later and featured in 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is for India.
He scored 934 and 249 runs in ODIs and T20Is. He has 9446 first class and 6534 List A runs under his belt.
Uthappa has won two IPL trophies — one for KKR and one for CSK in 2014 and 2021 respectively.
(With PTI inputs)