Domestic stalwart Rajat Bhatia proclaims retirement from cricket

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Delhi all-rounder Rajat Bhatia introduced his retirement from all types of cricket on Wednesday bringing an finish to a first-class career spanning virtually 20 years. Bhatia who made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu back in 1999-2000 season, moved to his house crew Delhi two years later and performed for them until 2015 earlier than transferring to Uttarakhand. Bhatia last performed a first-class match in 2019 Ranji Trophy. In the 2018-19 season, he scored 700 runs at a mean of 175 within the Ranji Trophy.

Bhatia whose navy medium gave loads of troubles to batsmen in IPL when he performed for Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, was an achieved batsman in first-class cricket. In 121 matches Bhatia scored 6482 runs at a formidable common of 49.10 with 17 tons of to his title. The right-handed middle-order batsman scored 512 runs in 2007 Ranji Trophy when Delhi received the title for the last time.

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Bhatia picked up 137 wickets at a mean of 27.97 in first-class cricket.

In List A cricket, he has scored 3038 runs at a mean of 41.05 with three tons of to his title. He has additionally picked up 93 wickets.

Despite having superb numbers in home cricket, Bhatia may by no means crack the India code. But he was successful within the IPL.

After modest return for his house franchise Delhi Daredevils within the first three seasons of IPL, Bhatia turned his fortunes round when he was drafted into the Kolata Knight Riders squad by captain Gautam Gambhir. Bhatia performed an important position in KKR’s maiden IPL triumph in 2012 by 13 wickets in that season.

After taking part in three IPLs for KKR, Bhatia was launched by the Kolkata-based franchise and was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 1.7 crores forward of IPL 2014. He picked up 12 wickets in that season.

Bhatia additionally performed a few seasons for Rising Pune Supergiants. His last look in IPL was in 2017.

[Attribution HT]

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