He defied the law of averages with 10 consecutive 40-plus scores to guide Kolkata Knight Riders to their second IPL title and batsman Robin Uthappa says the feeling for him is surreal right now given that the team was not exactly a favourite to lift the trophy.
Uthappa's form played a crucial role as KKR lifted themselves from nearly the bottom of the points table to make the final where they defeated the season's most consistent team -- Kings XI Punjab -- last night.
With his 660 runs at an average of 44 and a strike-rate of 137.78, Uthappa went past the more talked about Glenn Maxwell and Dwayne Smith to end up with the Orange Cap.
"This is absolutely stunning! The whole feeling is just so surreal. For me, personally, this is the fourth cup in a year and so, wow! It doesn't get better than this, does it? This has been such an amazing ride," Uthappa told the IPL's official website.
"We didn't start off well, but there was always the belief that we can get our campaign back on track if we just take it one game at a time, and that is exactly what we did. Even in the final, we knew that on this ground we can chase down any score. We only had to keep up with the run-rate and keep ourselves in the game. Literally, everybody chipped in," he said.
Uthappa said winning the IPL was one of targets he had set for himself this year.
"I have set some goals for myself -- a to-do list. But this year has been something else. The Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Irani Trophy and now the IPL, all in one year! I never thought I'll be able to do that. It's amazing. This is a tick in another box," he said.