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IPL Desk in Mumbai 07 March 2012 - 04:46pm IST

Warrior Uthappa picked in India squad

PWI batsman included in side for one-off T20I in SA

Pune Warriors India batting mainstay Robin Uthappa has been included in the 15-man squad for the one-off Twenty20 International in South Africa to be played on March 30.

Uthappa, who played as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the Pune Warriors franchise in IPL 2011, last donned the India cap in the one-off T20 against England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in October 2011. That match was his first appearance for India since 2008.

Uthappa has forced his way into the reckoning for national selection with twin centuries in the Inter-State One-Day League that helped Karnataka qualify for the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.

At IPL 2011, Uthappa was Pune Warriors’ third-most prolific batsman with 264 runs from 14 matches at a strike-rate of 126.31. He also stood second on the list of wicketkeepers with most number of dismissals in the tournament with 12 catches and three stumpings.

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