After the franchise’s worst season since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) did something it had never done before the auction in February — completing its first trade by signing Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals.

After Suresh Raina opted out of the tournament last year, the team could not find a suitable Indian replacement to anchor the batting, an ability Uthappa can bring to the table.

“I am very excited and proud to represent a team like CSK. I am happy the team has put faith in my ability and I am hopeful of a good season,” said the 35-year-old, who was part of India’s World T20-winning side in 2007.

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Uthappa is coming off a good domestic season for Kerala where he scored 377 runs in six matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

“I am at a happy place in my…

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