Robin Uthappa dedicated his blazing 44-ball 63 against the Delhi Capitals in IPL Qualifier 1 to his son, who turned four on Sunday. Uthappa’s knock, along with Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 50-ball 70 and M.S. Dhoni’s 6-ball 18, powered Chennai Super Kings to a six-wicket win and the team to its ninth IPL final.

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“Feeling grateful and happy to be able to contribute. Today is my son’s fourth birthday… We knew we had to get to a good start,” Uthappa said after the match. He also acknowledged the positive team environment in the CSK franchise. “You listen to a lot of chatter that is happening outside. I just felt I would be able to contribute. This is one of the most secure franchises going around. That only makes a player give that much back to the franchise,” said the 35-year-old, who is a Twenty20 World Cup winner with India.

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