Indian cricket throughout the years has seen many talents burst onto the scene and then fade away just as quickly. Some got a long rope while the others played a few matches here and there. Robin Uthappa is one such player, who has been a part of some memorable victories for India but still fell out of favour with the selectors.Uthappa, who turns 31 today, made his debut in 2006 and since then has featured in 46 one-day internationals scoring 934 runs at an average of 25.94 with six half-centuries. In 13 T20I matches, he has scored 249 runs at 24.90. He was also a part of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team when India won the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007 and got an extended run in 2007-08 but a decline in form and inconsistency with the bat led to his ouster from the team.Uthappa’s record and form in domestic cricket though, tells a completely different tale. He always had the talent and gift of timing which is why he has been such a prolific run-scorer for his state team, Karnataka, and his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders. Which makes us wonder why he couldn’t be as successful in international cricket. (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Robin Uthappa, Stuart Binny lead Karnataka to win)Uthappa was the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy 2014-15 with 912 runs in 11 matches, the seventh highest run-getter in the previous Ranji season with 759 runs, and is the second highest run-getter for Karnataka in first-class cricket with 8671 runs and counting. Uthappa is a lethal force in the domestic circuit and was one of the main reasons behind Karnataka securing the Ranji title in two successive seasons, along with the Irani Cup in 2014-15. advertisementIn the Indian Premier League, Uthappa is sixth on the list of the highest run-scorers with 3390 runs in 135 matches at 29.47. He opens the batting for the Knight Riders and keeps wickets on a regular basis for the franchise and is an integral part of Gautam Gambhir’s team. But even after scoring heavily in domestic cricket Uthappa still couldn’t find a place in the Indian team. (Robin Uthappa: An extended run is what he needs)In Test cricket, India has been on the hunt for another explosive opener after Virender Sehwag but all attempts at finding one have drawn a blank for the selectors. Sehwag was a one-of-a-kind talent who purely depended on his hand-and-eye coordination while batting and became the most destructive opener India has ever had in any format. Sehwag formally concluded his career in 2015 after being left out of the squad for over two years.Uthappa could have been the answer India was looking for between 2012 and 2013 but the emergence of players like Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay completely took away his chances of breaking into the Test side. Uthappa’s prime years came in between 2006-2008 but the selectors favoured the likes of Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik, who couldn’t cement a permanent place in the side. (I made judgmental errors in Zimbabwe, says Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa)India now have a settled Test squad under Virat Kohli, while Dhoni’s limited-overs team is filled with young and fresh talents. Robin Uthappa, for all the talent and skill that he has, may have fallen out of favour but he will always keep knocking on the selectors’ doors whenever the opportunity arises.