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    Robin Uthappa- daredevil or dumb?

    Having seen Robin Uthappa for a fair amount of time (and more, given Dhoni's faith in him), we may get a clear picture of how useful he is. His freakish, daring attempts at strokeplay have helped and harmed the Indian team in the matches he has got. He looks like he can run away with the match, though at times, he runs into something immovable, and it's over, often soon. On his day, he can be an unstoppable force, and a tremendous asset to the team. Would you say he's a daredevil? Or just plain dumb?
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    Does he have to either one? Can't he just be inconsistent.
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    Haha wtf?

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    I'll be the atypical fence-sitter here and say both. he looks like a good prospect and I think with more experience, he should be able to pick how he decides to play. I must agree, some of his dismissals are just stupid, but I can't see how they are any different to any of the other 'sloggers' out there - this includes Gilchrist, Jayasuriya and co.


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    I think that Uthappa is a gr8 prospect .... may be, he needs to hold his nerves a little more to be more successful. I guess it is something that he will learn with time

    Don't appreciate the thinking where first how everyone should play and think is sterotyped and second ignores the fact that batting is little like an art and there is some individually to it

    I like the positiveness shown by Uthappa. His daredevil attitude probably shows the confidence he has in himself to pull things off
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    Didn't look too dumb in the two CB Series finals, played within himself and did his job.

    Just an inconsistent player, can't see how he's dumb. Not like he goes out Ashraful style everytime.
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    honestly, I don't think he is anything special. Has some stroke making talent but don't think his technique will hold up, really...


    But seems to have an aggressive attitude and Dhoni apparently backs him to the hilt, so I guess he will be around at least for the next couple of years, even if he continues to be as inconsistent as he is right now.....
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    He's proven to be better than Karthik in ODIs Honest, you've gotta admit that now. You just have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani View Post
    honestly, I don't think he is anything special. Has some stroke making talent but don't think his technique will hold up, really...


    But seems to have an aggressive attitude and Dhoni apparently backs him to the hilt, so I guess he will be around at least for the next couple of years, even if he continues to be as inconsistent as he is right now.....
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    I say dumb for trying to hit the ball to square leg too often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian87 View Post
    I say dumb for trying to hit the ball to square leg too often.
    i like this guy.. very aggrassive player.. i have to say i am a big fan of guys like rohit sharma, Gutam Gambir and robin Othapa and lets hope they get to play test matches.. their present might change my choice and i might like indian team..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    He's proven to be better than Karthik in ODIs Honest, you've gotta admit that now. You just have to.
    when did I mention Karthik?


    I still think there are other better options than him. I mean, we haven't even tried out Raina yet.


    I will always have him at #7 if we are playing 4 bowlers, but if we are playing 5, I think having him and Sehwag among our 5 specialist batsmen is a little too risky. Would rather have someone else in that case.

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    I think if you have a player who's aggressive and capable of playing some really outlandish shots in attacking the bowlers, you need to just accept that sometimes they're not going to come off, and when they don't come off they'll sometimes look a bit stupid when they get out.

    Gilchrist in ODIs was a prime example. He had a licence because of the teams he was fortunate enough to play in, but him getting out having a swipe early was a mostly accepted risk, because you had to take the bad with the exceptionally good, and it seems to me that India's developing a ODI side which is good enough to have a player like Uthappa there. I'd think him more an asset than a liability, even if he keeps playing in the same swashbuckling way.
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    I dont rate him.

    Not because of his over-the-top aggression, that has its place (Gilchrist, Jayasuria etc) and as has been said you have to take the good with the bad with those sorts of players.

    But because of his technique...I just think he's too limited to consistently do well against international standard bowlers. I know his aggression will put bowlers off their game and help him out but c'mon you atleast have to be able to hit the ball both sides of the wicket, and his offside game is very limited, people will learn where to bowl to him. He also has some defensive technical flaws.

    I think India has better batsman waiting in the wings, and I pray he dosent get near the test team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    I think if you have a player who's aggressive and capable of playing some really outlandish shots in attacking the bowlers, you need to just accept that sometimes they're not going to come off, and when they don't come off they'll sometimes look a bit stupid when they get out.

    Gilchrist in ODIs was a prime example. He had a licence because of the teams he was fortunate enough to play in, but him getting out having a swipe early was a mostly accepted risk, because you had to take the bad with the exceptionally good, and it seems to me that India's developing a ODI side which is good enough to have a player like Uthappa there. I'd think him more an asset than a liability, even if he keeps playing in the same swashbuckling way.
    Also, the thing is he has to be clear about his role. I think we have already seen how it seemed to completely take down a player when they are not sure of their role. Karthik was seen as a finisher, along with Dhoni and he had done well in the tests against England and made a nice little 40 not out in the first ODI. Suddenly he was pushed upto 3 and he hasn't been the same player since. I don't want that to happen with Uthappa.


    He seemed to have found his niche as a lower middle order hitter for us, a role which has been lacking in the past few years in our ODI side. Suddenly they have again asked him to open, asked him to tighten up (to his credit, he did do that and got a couple of good opening partnerships going with Sachin, which set us up in both the games) and I am just worried we are trying to turn him into something he is not..... We have seen that happen too many times with our players. Kaif was never going to be a big hitter but we kept playing him at 7 when a much better position would have been for him at 3 or 4. And he still remains a good bet in test cricket, and yet he is often not even talked about when guys like Yuvraj seem to have booked their places in their test sides forever........

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