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Uthappa eager to open the batting
Friday 28 October 2011

Robin Uthappa is finally back where he belongs as he looks to make the most of the one-off opportunity in the form of the T20I against England. The right-hander is eager to give India the perfect start if given the opportunity to open the innings.

"In T20 you need to be flexible. I prefer opening the batting and really enjoy it. Most definitely I would open the batting," said Uthappa.

"It's one of the opportunities to go out there and express myself as a cricketer. That's what I am looking forward to do...just to go out there and get the team off to a good start," he added.

The burly Karnataka batsman, who was instrumental in India's inaugural World Twenty20 triumph in 2007, found himself out of favour after the Asia Cup the following year to remain in the sidelines since then.

Uthappa's last T20 International was against Australia in February 2008 and Uthappa said on Saturday would be a good opportunity for him to cement his place in the national team.

"There is freedom to perform, more than pressure to perform. It's just one game so I want to go there and enjoy myself. The kind of game that I play if I come out well then the winning chances are a lot more," the 25-year-old told reporters after India's practice session on Friday.

Uthappa said that in the last few years he worked hard on being more consistent and on playing his natural game.

"I have worked on a lot of things. I tried to be more consistent. When I was dropped I worked on my batting. I realised that I've to play my natural game and express myself as a batsman," he explained.

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