Allrounder Rajat Bhatia announces retirement

Says he will continue to play tournaments for his company Air India

July 29, 2020 04:30 pm | Updated 10:55 pm IST - New Delhi:

Rajat Bhatia. File

Rajat Bhatia. File

Seasoned allrounder Rajat Bhatia announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Bhatia, who started his First Class career with Tamil Nadu 21 seasons ago, turned out for Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand in domestic cricket. In the Indian Premier League, he was part of the title-winning Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012, besides playing for Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants.

For the record, Bhatia played 112 First Class games, aggregated 6,482 runs (average 49.10) and scalped 137 wickets.

In List-A matches, Bhatia scored 3,038 runs at 41.05 and took 93 wickets.

T20 record

For someone who played in the IPL for a decade, Bhatia’s record in T20 was 146 matches, 1,251 runs and 111 wickets.

Part of the Delhi squad which won the Ranji Trophy in the 2007-2008 season, when he hit 139 in the final against Uttar Pradesh, Bhatia was tipped as ‘India prospect’ by legendary left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi even before he moved to Delhi from Tamil Nadu, nearly two decades ago.

Well respected

However, even after the retirement of Robin Singh, Bhatia could not break into the big league. His immense contribution to Delhi cricket made him one of the most-respected names in domestic cricket.

With Mithun Manhas, another experienced teammate, Bhatia stitched many late-order partnerships and helped Delhi come out stronger. Bhatia’s medium-pace bowling often proved a partnership-breaker. In the IPL, his variety made him a difficult bowler to hit.

Announcing his retirement, Bhatia said in a statement, “I will continue to play tournaments for my company, Air India, from where I learned so much and secured my future. I look forward to the next phase of my journey, as a trainer, and I am committed to giving back to cricket, which has given me so much, in the best possible way.”

Bhatia, armed with a certificate in biomechanics and pain management from the US, is expected to don a new role soon.

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