Uthappa doesn`t mind being picked as second `keeper

Mumbai: With the job for Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s understudy being up for grabs, dashing batsman Robin Uthappa doesn`t mind being considered as a `keeper-batsman in his bid to get back into national reckoning.

"I have been working hard on my `keeping skills over the last couple of years. And I am really enjoying it which is an important thing. It has also helped my batting. Standing up to the batsmen, you get to see what the ball is doing off the wicket. So it is definitely helping my batting as well," the Karnataka batsman told reporters.

"I`ve been `keeping` for my state in domestic cricket in one day matches and T20 games. I haven`t kept in the four-day games as I also open the batting and it’s a big challenge.”

"I have been doing that for a while now. I hope somebody will take notice. It is a big plus for me that I can open the batting as well as keep wickets. An extra bowler or batsman can be drafted in the side," he added.

Amidst reports that many seniors may be rested for the West Indies tours, the 25-year-old batsman, who has represented India in 38 ODIs and 9 T20s, hoped that the tour may mark his comeback into the national squad after he was dropped in mid-2008.

"Well, it would be great if an opportunity comes by. It has been a while. (I) have not played for the country for a long while. I missed out last year due to a shoulder injury sustained during the IPL. I had to go for surgery immediately after the IPL and had to miss the tour of Zimbabwe where Suresh (Raina) was the captain."

"Hopefully this year, I will get to play for the country. My number one priority is to play and win matches for the country and I believe I have the ability to do so. Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to represent the country again," the Coorgi lad added.


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