Rajasthan Royals' Robin Uthappa traded to Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL auction
Senior batsman Robin Uthappa has been traded out by Rajasthan Royals to three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings ahead of the auction next month.
Uthappa was initially kept by the franchise in the list of retentions released by the eight teams on Wednesday.
He is now set to play for his sixth IPL side after representing Mumbai Indias, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in the past.
Uthappa's services were sought by the Royals for IPL 2020 but he failed to impress with the bat across the team's disappointing campaign. The 35-year-old could only contribute 196 runs in 12 games as Rajasthan finished last on the points table.
"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," Uthappa said in a statement conveyed by Rajasthan Royals.
The attacking batsman has been a constant presence in the lucrative IPL, having played every season to date. He was the tournament's leading run-getter in the 2014 edition, playing a pivotal role in KKR's triumphant campaign.
Uthappa has been in scintillating form of late in the domestic Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he has made 161 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 140.
"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," said RR CEO Jake Lush McCrum.
"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."
Uthappa's inclusion in the CSK set-up will bolster their top-order after Shane Watson retired from professional cricket and Murali Vijay was released by the MS Dhoni-led team.