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IPL 2021 : Robin Uthappa traded to Chennai Super Kings from Rajasthan Royals in an all-cash deal

Ahead of the IPL 2021, opener Robin Uthappa has been traded to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Aday after the 8 IPL teams retained and released players for the upcoming edition, 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals traded their opener Robin Uthappa in an all-cash deal.The 35-year-old was picked by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020 auction for Rs 3 crore, however the batsman failed to score as per the expectations. RR management also shuffled the batting position of the veteran batsman on many occasion.

Robin Uthappa scored 196 runs at an average of 16.33 from the 12 matches he played for Rajasthan Royals in the 13th edition.

Speaking on the matter was Rajasthan Royals’ COO, Jake Lush McCrum: “We’d like to thank Robbie for his contribution during his time with us. 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. 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.”

Speaking on the development, Robin Uthappa said, “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.”

Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday released their captain Steve Smith and appointed young Sanju Samson as the new captain of the franchise.

MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were in need of an opener after Shane Watson announced his announcement from franchise cricket in November last year.

The new development can see Robin Uthappa open the innings for Chennai Super Kings with young Ruturaj Gaikwad.

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