IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings batsman Robin Uthappa dedicated his match-winning 63-run knock against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 to his son who is celebrating his fourth birthday on Sunday.
Robin Uthappa elated after starring in CSK’s 4-wicket in Qualifier 1: This is for my son (Courtesy by BCCI)
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Veteran Chennai Super Kings batsman Robin Uthappa urged critics to be kind after dedicating his match-winning 63-run knock against Delhi Capitals in the first Qualifier of IPL 2021 to his son, who is celebrating his fourth birthday on Sunday.
Ruturaj Gaikwad hit 70 off 50 to lead CSK’s charge and got the perfect support from a man who himself seeking his own redemption — Uthappa (63 off 44) — before MS Dhoni’s arrival with the bat. Dhoni, meanwhile, delivered in style, hitting 18 off 6 with the help of three fours and a six as CSK gunned down the 173-run target with two balls to spare.
.”Feeling grateful and happy to be able to contribute. Today is my son’s fourth birthday… We knew we had to get to a good start,” Uthappa said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“There is nothing serious with that injury. There is four days to go, so should be good. There were when there were doubts [whether he would play or not].
“You listen to a lot of chatter that is happening outside. I just felt I would be able to contribute. This is one of the most secure franchises going around.
“That only makes a player give that much back to the franchise. The final is going to be interesting. Just wanted to say to everyone out there: let’s be kind,” Uthappa added.
CSK, three-time champions, are in the final again, their 9th. DC, last season’s finalists, can still make the final. They play the winners of Monday’s Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Qualifier 2.
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