Soon after 'winning' the Orange Cap from Glenn Maxwell, Kolkata Knight Riders opener Robin Uthappa thanked coach Pravin Amre for his amazing run in the Indian Premier League 2014. With 572 runs in 13 matches this season, Uthappa is the second batsman after Kings XI Punjab star Maxwell (533) to complete 500 runs or more in IPL 7. The former India batsman is now the leading run-getter in the present competition.
"Thank you, coach," an excited Uthappa said soon after KKR thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 30 runs to storm into the playoff stages of the IPL. Uthappa had appointed Amre, the former Indian Test batsman, as his personal coach in 2012. (Match scorecard | Match highlights)
Man of the Match Uthappa struck an unbeaten 83 off 51 balls for his best IPL score this season. It was his 13th IPL fifty and the 20th in T20. More than the runs, it was Uthappa's ability to play all the 20 overs that was critical as he became the first batsman to post eight successive innings of 40 or more in the IPL. (Also read: Kolkata Knight Riders have shed chokers tag, says Gambhir)