Robin Uthappa, who started his career with Mumbai Indians in 2008, has played 177 matches in IPL so far. He was also a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore between 2009 and 2010 and later played two years for Pune Warriors India between 2011 and 2013.
However, he found success in Kolkata Knight Riders, where he played for six years between 2014 and 2019. The former Kolkata Knight Riders star has won two Indian Premier Leagues’ titles with the franchise under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir. Last year, Robin Uthappa was bought by Rajasthan Royals at the auctions in December last year.
In the latest episode of Star Sports’ Cricket Connected chat show, Robin Uthappa was all praises for Gautam Gambhir and explained how Gambhir was able to find success with KKR. He said:
“What stood out for me was that he allowed people to express themselves and didn’t interfere with anyone’s games. He made sure he built a sense of security within the group and that I think also is integral in winning tournaments like the IPL and that’s what successful captains do,”
“In my experience of winning tournaments, what I’ve seen is that successful captains give people their space to express themselves and make sure that everyone within the group is feeling secure.
“So, they communicated to players even who are not playing, there’s a sense of communication that’s growing within the side, you need to bind with players specially in a tournament like the IPL, guys who aren’t playing also play a big factor in building momentum and creating the right energy within the group,”
He also praised his down-to-earth nature and revealed how he used to spend time with the reserves. He revealed:
“He made sure he spent a lot of time with the reserves, he trained with them, he had meals with them, so they never felt left out,”