Robin Uthappa talked about playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the first time after being traded from Rajasthan Royals for the IPL 2021. CSK posted a video of Uthappa appearing in the yellow jersey for the first time.
Uthappa thanked the CSK fans for a warm welcome in the video. He will be playing the upcoming IPL 2021 season with the franchise. The 35-year-old had a desire to feature in a team along with MS Dhoni before the latter hangs up his boot from competitive cricket.
"Vanakkam Chennai, epdi irukeenga? (Hello Chennai, how are you?)," he said.
"First of all, I'd like to say thanks to all the CSK fans for the wonderful welcome I've received over the last few weeks. This message is a bit long pending, but I'm glad that 'late aanaalum latest ah pannirken' (I'm latest even if I'm late - a reference to a popular Tamil movie dialogue).
"Honestly, it's bit of a desire come true for me. It's been almost 12-13 years since I played with MS Dhoni. I had a desire to play with him again and win a tournament once before he retires. So it's a blessing to get an opportunity to play for CSK.
"Not just that, I get to play with a lot of players I grew up with. Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina... I've been playing with them since Under-17. So I'm very very happy that I'm a part of CSK."
Uthappa is focused on working hard for a better outcome in the IPL 2021. The veteran cricketer also ensured the fans whistle for him although he doesn't know how to whistle.
"I'll work hard and play well if I get an opportunity. And I'm looking forward to coming there and entertaining all of you.
"I don't know how to whistle, but I'll make you all whistle!", he added.