Domestic veteran Rajat Bhatia announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Bhatia played first-class cricket for almost two decades.

Rajat Bhatia | AFPDelhi all-rounder Rajat Bhatia on Wednesday (July 29) bid adieu to all forms of cricket, bringing the curtain down on his remarkable first-class career spanning almost two decades.

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Bhatia, who made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu way back in the 1999-2000 season, moved to his home team Delhi two years later and played for them till 2015. He later shifted his base to Uttarakhand.

Bhatia last played a first-class match in 2019 Ranji Trophy. He finished with 700 runs at an average of 175 in the Ranji Trophy season 2018-19.

Overall, Bhatia featured in 112 first-class matches, scoring 6482 runs at an average of 49.10 with 17 hundreds. He also claimed 137 wickets at 27.97 apiece.

Rajat Bhatia was also instrumental in Delhi’s 2007 Ranji Trophy triumph as he scored 512 runs in that edition.

In List A cricket, the 40-year-old has aggregated 3038 runs from 119 games at an average of 41.05 with 3 centuries. He has also picked up 93 wickets.

Despite being a domestic stalwart, Bhatia never got the opportunity to represent India. However, he was more than a handy cricketer in the Indian Premier League.

After modest return for his home franchise Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the first three editions of IPL, Bhatia was roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders. He played a key role in KKR’s maiden IPL triumph in 2012 by taking 13 wickets.

Bhatia was released by the Kolkata-based franchise ahead of the IPL 2014 auction and he was fetched by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of 1.7 crores. He grabbed 12 wickets in the 2014 season for RR.

Bhatia also represented Rising Pune Supergiants in a couple of seasons. His last appearance in IPL was in 2017.

(Inputs from Hindustan Times)


By Salman Anjum - 29 Jul, 2020

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