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IPL 2021: Robin Uthappa traded to CSK

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Robin Uthappa will move to Chennai Super Kings for IPL 2021 after he was traded from Rajasthan Royals in an all cash deal. This will be Uthappa’s sixth IPL franchise as the right-hander has previously played for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders before he was bought by Rajasthan 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,” said Uthappa in a Rajasthan Royals media release.

Uthappa has had an astonishing IPL career so far and has featured in every edition since 2008. The right hander’s most noteworthy performance came in 2014 when he won the Orange Cap scoring 660 runs which contributed to KKR’s second title win. He has scored 4607 runs in his IPL career in 189 games at a strike-rate of 129.99.

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CSK released openers, Shane Watson who retired from all forms of cricket and Murali Vijay ahead of the IPL auction. This would have prompted their decision to sign Uthappa even before the auction takes place.

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,” he added.

“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,” he concluded.