Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India opener Robin Uthappa has expressed his disappointment for being left out of the team for the ODI World Cup 2015.

Uthappa was initially included in India’s preliminary 30-member squad. However, he was ultimately left out of the final squad for the ICC event.

In a recent television interview, Uthappa openly expressed his disappointment with the turn of events.

“It was disappointing because my whole intent from 2012, once I started getting better as far as my mental health was concerned, was that I found my passion for the game again. For four or five years, I lost my passion and was playing the game for the wrong reasons,” said Uthappa.

“Once I found my passion back, I restructured my batting completely. It took me two or three years to do that. The pursuit was the Test cap and close any gap that would impede me in that pursuit. I became very consistent, but my aggressive flare went out because of my technique,” he further said.

Uthappa has played 46 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 13 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for India. He scored a total of 934 runs in ODIs and 249 runs in T20Is. The right-handed explosive batsman was a member of the victorious Indian team that won the T20 World Cup 2007.