In a quick turn of events, veteran IPL and domestic stalwart, Rajat Bhatia has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. Rajat Bhatia’s announcement came as a surprise for the domestic cricket fans. Bhatia played for Uttarakhand in the 2018-19 season, which was his last appearance in Ranji Trophy. He stated that his fondness for Biomechanics has resulted in his retirement and the clarity helped him to renounce from cricket.
Talking to ESPNCricinfo, veteran domestic player said: “I was keen on pursuing a career in biomechanics, and when I didn’t hear back from Uttarakhand last season, I thought it’s best I focus on my interests outside the game too instead of blocking a youngster’s place.”
Former India A player has featured in 112 first-class games and has 137 wickets to his name. Apart from his bowling skills, he has also scored 6482 runs at an astonishing average of 49.10. Also, in the limited-overs domestic format, Rajat Bhatia had 3038 runs at an average of 41.05. He was a go-to bowler for his captain and has 93 wickets to his name in the shorter formats of the game.
The canny medium-paced bowler reached great heights when he featured in the cash-rich IPL. The slower ones from him were hard to hit for many batsmen and he used to getaway in the middle phase of the game. Moreover, he was the part of Gautam Gambhir’s title-winning KKR side of 2012.
Rajat Bhatia started his domestic career with Tamil Nadu and moved to Delhi in 2003-04. At Delhi, the player’s performances were instrumental and helped the national capital side to clinch the Ranji Trophy against Uttar Pradesh in 2007-08. He moved to Rajasthan in 2015 after Delhi’s side found themselves in administrative shambles. In 2018-19, Rajat Bhatia took the new entrants, Uttarakhand, to semifinals for the first time.
Despite having the potential to feature for the national side, the player couldn’t make it to the team. He also plied his trade in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket for Mohammedan Sporting Club in 2018-19 which was his last appearance on the field.
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