I'm more focused on game than money : Uthappa

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Sydney, Feb 22 (UNI) Robin Uthappa, who has been signed by the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a price tag of 800,000 US dollars, said he was more focused on his game and not much bothered about the money.

Robin affirmed, he and Team India were focusing on their next CB Series match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

''I can tell you that we are focused on the games here and not thinking about anything else,'' he said.

The out-of-form right hand bat described the ongoing tour of Australia as the ''most defining'' of his career so far.

In the CB Series Uthappa has got limited chances to bat, with scores of 5, 0, 18 and 10. It has not helped his case that he's been used as a floater up and down the order. In India's first three games he came in at number seven while in the previous match, against Sri Lanka, he was pushed up to number 3. It was an opportune moment to build something big but he was run out.

''I'm happy with the contribution I've made,'' Uthappa said, pointing out that it was all about understanding one's role, which simplifies things. ''It's about the way you think as a batsman.

If you feel you are batting well and trust your abilities you will stay in good touch. Yes, in the end runs are your confidence. And my confidence is good. I've batted well and I'm trying my best to occupy the crease. It's just that I'm not getting enough runs.'' Uthappa said he had grown as a cricketer by playing the world's best team in their own backyard and would return home a better player.

''When I go back, I know I will be returning as a better cricketer. You are playing against the best team in the world in their home and it's got to make you grow as a cricketer. This tour would be the most defining tour for most of us,'' Uthappa said.

Uthappa said India was the only team which Australia need to be wary about going into the tri-series finals.

''We are the only ones who can beat Australia. We bowled them out for 200 and once on less than that. We know if our batting clicks, we would be there.

''Still, we need to remember that scoring 200 in Australia is probably scoring 280 in India. The size of the ground and conditions warrant this adjustment in the scoring pattern,'' he added.

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