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Citation for Robin Uthappa
Recipient of the OBA Young Achiever of the Year Award – 2014


The Old Boys’ Association would like to recognize the achievements of Robin Uthappa. While better known facts are freely available on the internet, we wish to celebrate not just Robin the cricketer but also Robin the person.

Robin joined school in 1994 and moved out in 2001. His single aim in school was – ‘I want to play cricket for India’. Robin always knew that he wanted to play for the Indian team. Robin's mother would come to school pretty often to ask for class notes that were missed because he was busy playing cricket. Like any concerned parent, she worried about what would become of her son as he was completely engrossed in cricket. His mother need not have worried. Robin is, today, a cricketer par excellence.

When Robin decides to blaze, he’s literally on fire. At the crease, he’s a human dynamo sending fielders on a leather hunt. An outstanding batsman and a first-class cricketer, he has overcome many odds in his eventful life to reach where he is today. Robin always set the highest standards for himself and continuously strived to achieve perfection. While most of his schoolmates were content playing for the school, Robin always aspired to be on the Indian team. Pushing himself at the nets, he would finish his batting practice and rather than sitting and watching others play, he would try and improve his leg spin bowling or pull on his keeper’s gloves and polish his wicket-keeping skills.

Robin was born on 11th November 1985 to Venu Uthappa, a former international hockey umpire, and Roselyn. Robin is married to Sheethal Goutham. Having a good sense of humour, a plump Robin would keep his friends entertained with his version of the Arabic belly dance before net practice. He would also sometimes get mischievous – once, when the class period was coming to an end, Robin got a bright idea – burst a cracker in class and he went on to do just that. Robin burst a cracker and the teacher burst a blood vessel.

At school matches, the opposition dreaded his arrival and Josephites would go wild in the stands in anticipation of fireworks. Robin never disappointed. An admirable quality is Robin’s thought process on the field. During a two day school final, St. Joseph’s was chasing the ball for most of the two days. While everyone wanted to go inside and chill out with a cold drink, Robin, still alert as ever, was giving the captain inputs and egging the bowlers on. Robin always had a penchant for big hits. There was this match against Bangalore High School and all were thrilled merely to be playing on the main ground at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Robin was batting and simply clobbered the ball onto the second floor stands in the stadium. Even as a schoolboy, his awesome strength and knack to hit the ball was way beyond his young years. His parents would attend many of the school matches and cheer for Robin and the team. As a boy, he was expected to bail out his team during periods of crisis. As a man, clearly, things haven’t changed.

Recently, Robin has been a part of the winning side at the inaugural T20 World Cup and the 2014 IPL, where he was awarded the Purple Cap for being the highest run-getter. His 86 on debut is the highest by an Indian cricketer in limited overs cricket. More recently, he has captained the India ‘A’ team and played crucial knocks in the Ranji Trophy that Karnataka won in 2013. What we are now witnessing is the second coming of Robin Uthappa - self assured, confident and not looking to smash every ball out of the field. There is now a sense of relative calm and purpose.

We congratulate Robin for believing in his abilities and achieving what many of us only dreamt of as our future. We wish him the very best in his endeavours and are confident that he will break new barriers.

On behalf of the Old Boys’ Association, it is with great pride and pleasure that I commend to Robin Uthappa the OBA Young Achiever of the Year Award – 2014. Back

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