Fit-again Robin Uthappa set for comeback

Robin Uthappa has recovered from the ankle injury and has joined the Saurashtra squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament starting on Thursday.

Having recovered completely from an ankle injury, Robin Uthappa has joined the Saurashtra squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament starting on Thursday.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Saurashtra and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa is set for a comeback. The 33-year-old has been recuperating from an ankle injury that sidelined him from Ranji Trophy 2018-19. 

Having recovered completely, Uthappa has joined the Saurashtra squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament starting on Thursday. Saurashtra will begin its campaign against Railways in Indore.

“We have Uthappa back in the side as he is fit now. There is not much change in our squad otherwise,” Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak confirmed the development to Sportstar.

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Uthappa is likely to open the batting or come in at No 3, depending on the balance of the side. He had been the opener in the Vijay Hazare Trophy — his last appearance on the cricket field [for Saurashtra]. 

After the ankle surgery in the UK, the seasoned batsman was advised rest for six weeks. By the time Saurashtra reached the Ranji knockouts, he had started running. But he wasn't fit enough for the rigours of red-ball cricket.

In the interim, Uthappa also had a brief commentary stint in the India-Australia limited-over series. 

The IPL just being a month away, Uthappa’s recovery also holds KKR in good stead.