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Bangalore: Ruffling the rose petals in his hair, an impish smile playing on his lips, Robin Uthappa paused for a second and then said: "I will give my best and God willing, we will come back with the World Cup." The dapper opener, who has bludgeoned his way back into the Indian team and is now part of the squad for the World Cup in the West Indies, was speaking at a felicitation function organised by Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College at its premises here on Thursday morning.

Uthappa, a final year B.Com student at the College, was given a red-carpet welcome with his college-mates showering him with rose petals while crackers burst in the background.

`Living my dream'

"I am living my dream. Ever since the day I could remember, ever since as a kid I faced my first ball a plastic ball thrown at me by my mom I always dreamt of playing for India, playing in the World Cup. To rub shoulders with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly is a dream-come-true and I believe that if you dream and work towards it, nothing is impossible" Uthappa said.

Uthappa spoke about the need to be responsible. "I see many young Indians in the 20 age-group, not being responsible enough. We keep saying lets do it tomorrow, lets do it in the evening. Remember what has to be done now, has to be done now. If you have to train now, you have to do it and there are no two ways about it. The college here has given me attendance and it is important that I don't while away the free time, it is important that I practise hard. Goals backed by hard work and a specific time frame helps us achieve our dreams, be it anythingEarlier, college officials led by the Jain Group of Institutions' Chairman Chenraj Jain, praised Uthappa's efforts.

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