Rajat Bhatia

Country: India
Born: October 22, 1979, Delhi
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast
Playing role: Allrounder

Rajat Bhatia Bio

Rajat Bhatia, the Indian cricketer known for his medium-pace bowling and tenacity as a batsman, has had a career that is a perfect example of perseverance and dedication. Born on October 22, 1979, in New Delhi, Bhatia had dreams of representing his country at the highest level, but despite his impressive performances in domestic cricket, the opportunity to wear the Indian jersey has eluded him so far.

Bhatia’s journey in cricket began when he made his debut in first-class cricket during the 1999-2000 season for Tamil Nadu. However, he soon returned to his home state, Delhi, where he made a significant impact. In the 2007-08 season, he played a pivotal role in helping Delhi win the Ranji Trophy Super League title after a long gap of 16 years. Bhatia’s contributions with both the bat and ball, including a match-winning century in the final against Uttar Pradesh, were instrumental in Delhi’s success.

Despite his consistent performances in domestic cricket, Bhatia’s dreams of representing India remained unfulfilled. However, he found his worth skyrocketing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Since the inception of the tournament in 2008, Bhatia has been a regular participant and has showcased his skills for different franchises. In the 2014 IPL auction, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for a staggering INR 1.7 crore, which highlighted his value in the shortest format of the game. In the ensuing years, he continued to be a sought-after player and was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016 for INR 60 lakh.

Bhatia’s commitment and passion for the game have allowed him to enjoy a long and successful career in domestic cricket. In the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season, he completed 100 first-class matches, an achievement that speaks volumes about his longevity and dedication to the sport. Despite not receiving an India call-up, Bhatia has never let it dampen his spirits and has continued to enjoy playing the game that he loves.

In an interview with Wisden India, Bhatia revealed that he had lost the motivation for an India call-up but decided to let go of any regrets and focus on extending his cricketing journey. His positive outlook and ability to find joy in the game have allowed him to maintain his form and competitiveness even at the age of 37-38.

Bhatia’s contributions to the game extend beyond the field as well. He has been a role model for aspiring cricketers, particularly in Delhi, and his determination and professionalism have earned him the respect of both teammates and opponents. Despite facing setbacks and political turmoil within the cricket association, Bhatia has managed to find a place in the Rajasthan team, further proving his resilience and love for the game.

As Rajat Bhatia continues to ply his trade in domestic cricket, he serves as a reminder that success doesn’t always come in the form of international recognition. His consistent performances, unwavering dedication, and ability to enjoy the game have made him a respected figure in the cricketing fraternity.

Rajat Bhatia Career Stats

Rajat Bhatia Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 112 157 25 6482 212* 49.1 - - 17 30 - - 41 0
List A 119 105 31 3038 106* 41.05 - - 3 19 - - 45 0
T20s 146 95 37 1251 107* 21.56 1079 115.94 1 1 85 43 46 0

Rajat Bhatia Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 112 - 9989 3832 137 5/29 - 27.97 2.3 72.9 - 1 0
List A 119 - 3931 2945 93 5/17 5/17 31.66 4.49 42.2 1 1 0
T20s 146 137 2520 3020 111 4/15 4/15 27.2 7.19 22.7 1 0 0

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