About Robin Uthappa
You see him on field and you can’t help but be blown away by his flamboyant cricketing style. You catch him in person and you will be charmed by his down-to-earth (borderline shy) demeanour. That’s Robin Uthappa for you. I bumped in to this just-turned-28 cricketer last week, only to discover that he is absolutely smitten by travelling. Of course, that comes second to the “close friend” he is planning to tie the knot with soon. Remember, you first heard that, his travel tales and some more right here!
Robin Uthappa started playing cricket at the age of 7. How did that happen?
Robin Uthappa parents were keen to see me play tennis but I clearly wasn’t. After six months of practicing with the racket, I couldn’t take it anymore. So, took a newspaper to them and said, “I want to go to ‘that’ cricket academy.” Such nerve for a 7 year old! A week later, they admitted me in the academy and cricket happened.
Robin Uthappa played for India in ODIs and for different franchisees during IPL. How different is the experience between the two?
When you are representing the country, you play from your heart. There is a lot of pride that goes into it. It’s more of an emotional thing! But when you are playing for franchisees, the whole experience is strictly professional. You have to be a little less emotional and a lot more practical because you get transferred from one team to another. And it takes time to build a bond with the new team.
What do you miss most when travelling for work?
With both domestic and international cricket, cricketers travel for about 10 months in a year. One gets used to missing out on family functions, festivals and birthdays. But that’s for the choice of profession we are in. No one’s really complaining!
Robin Uthappa favorite cricket stadium?
In India, Robin Uthappa heart the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The crowd there is absolutely amazing and the atmosphere in the stadium is phenomenal.
Robin Uthappa Ever faced issues with food when travelling?
One difficult experience would have been in Kenya when I visited a restaurant called Carnivore. They serve all kinds of meat available under the sun. Despite being skeptical, I still went with the team. But I didn’t eat anything since I was very disturbed by the fact that they were serving game meat like wildebeest, giraffe, ostrich and even crocodile!
Robin Uthappa only a chicken-a-tarian then?
Absolutely not! Robin Uthappa love sea-food. In fact, I recently went to goa and had the most heavenly crabs ever at Martin’s Corner in South Goa. Interestingly, this crab dish is known as ‘Sachin’s Special’. Robin Uthappa told that happened after Sachin visited them. He enjoyed the crabs so much that they decided to name the dish after him.
What kind of hotels Robin Uthappa like staying at when travelling?
Honestly, we are truly spoilt when travelling for work because then it’s definitely a 5-star plus hotel. Personally, I am a stickler for cleanliness. I don’t want to go to another country and have the flush not working. Moreover, I would certainly want a gym in the hotel I stay at.
One place Robin Uthappa thinks everyone absolutely must visit?
Robin Uthappa will give you two. South Africa and Kenya! The beauty of these places is untouched and so close to nature. I am amazed by the fact that you can see the wildlife up and close in their natural habitat. It’s truly a sight to see the game reserve officials tending to the animals, some even taking care of the cubs. You even get to hold and play with the Albino lion and tiger cubs. Robin Uthappa did. But be careful, they have sharp claws and teeth.