Watch: Thought I’d never play for India again after 2007 World Cup debacle, says Robin Uthappa

Batsman Robin Uthappa has revealed that he feared for his place in the Indian team following the country’s dismal first-round exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies after defeats to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

At the time, Uthappa was preferred by coach Greg Chappell as India’s opener. The star-studded Indian outfit was stunned by Bangladesh in their tournament opener. Rahul Dravid’s side beat newcomers Bermuda before losing to the Lankans in a do-or-die encounter.

“After the World Cup in West Indies, I honestly never thought I would play for India again,” said Uthappa in a chat show Homerun with AV with sports commentator Arun Venugopal on his YouTube channel Gethist Creative.

“It was again a very precarious time in Indian cricket. When a team of that calibre fails in the competition that everyone has been waiting to play in for the last…and they tagged us as favourites given the fact that in 2003 we had gone to the finals and missed out.”

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