While his Saurashtra teammates were sweating it out at the GS Patel Stadium in Gujarat’s Nadiad against the hosts in a Ranji Trophy 2018-19 encounter, Robin Uthappa was seen wearing a commentator’s hat and analysing Wednesday’s first T20I between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.Uthappa and senior Delhi batsman Gautam Gambhir were the only two active cricketers to be part of the 15-member commentary panel for Sony Pictures India, the official broadcasters of the India-Australia tour in the subcontinent.Uthappa’s preference for commentary over domestic duty irked several fans. Questions were asked over why the 33-year-old had made himself unavailable for Ranji Trophy at a time when former cricketers are consistently expressing concerns over the absence of star players from the country’s premier domestic four-day tournament.Also Read – Sakshi Dhoni thanks Robin Uthappa for bringing her and MS Dhoni togetherUthappa thoug was quick to clarify his stand on joining the commentary panel amidst the Ranji Trophy season, saying he skipped domestic duty as he is yet to fully recover from an ankle injury. The World T20 winner insisted he has no plans to retire and that he would continue playing till he enjoying doing so.Also Read – Virat Kohli wins hearts at Gabba, obliges kids with autographs”Just to clear the misconceptions out-there.I’m giving commentary a go coz I’m currently recovering from an ankle surgery. It’s by no means takes away from how much I love competing and will continue to do so till I don’t enjoy it anymore or can’t physically (sic) ,” Uthappa wrote on Twitter.advertisementAlso Read – India have a lot of problems that need to be solved: Harbhajan SinghJust to clear the misconceptions out-there.I’m giving commentary a go coz I’m currently recovering from an ankle surgery. It’s by no means takes away from how much I love competing and will continue to do so till I don’t enjoy it anymore or can’t physically. #sonysix #INDvsAUSRobin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) November 21, 2018Uthappa got a nod of approval from his good friend and former India teammate Irfan Pathan as the left-arm pacer wished him luck for his commentary stint.The aggressive right-handed batsman last played competitive cricket in October when he turned up for Saurashtra in Vijay Hazare Trophy – the domestic 50-over tournament. From eight matches, Uthappa hit 197 runs, which includes a highest score of 97, at 24.62.India vs Australia, 1st T20I: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDNotably, Uthappa had ended his 15-year-old association with Karnataka in the lead-up to the 2017-18 domestic season and made the move to Saurashtra.Read – Shikhar Dhawan feels poor fielding cost India in narrow loss to AustraliaDespite being a consistent performer for his Indian Premier League franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, Uthappa has found it difficult to return to the senior national side. His last international appearance came during India’s tour of Zimbabwe in 2015.