Rajat Bhatia

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Rajat Bhatia
Personal information
Full name Rajat Bhatia
Born (1979-10-22) 22 October 1979 (age 37)
Delhi, India
Nickname Chhotu
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium fast
Role All-rounder
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/00-2005/06 Tamil Nadu
2005/06–2015 Delhi
2008-2010 Delhi Daredevils
2011-2013 Kolkata Knight Riders
2014-2015 Rajasthan Royals
2016-present Rising Pune Supergiants
2016-present Abahani Limited
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 68 64 60
Runs scored 3828 1545 439
Batting average 47.25 35.93 17.56
100s/50s 9/20 2/9 0/0
Top score 185 106* 44
Balls bowled 5793 1686 888
Wickets 76 33 45
Bowling average 29.21 40.72 24.11
5 wickets in innings 1 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/29 3/35 4/15
Catches/stumpings 19/- 22/- 15/-
Source: Cricinfo, 11 October 2011

Rajat Bhatia (born 22 October 1979 at Delhi, India), is an Indian cricketer, an allrounder, he has been playing domestic cricket for over 15 years, representing many teams, such as the Tamil Nadu cricket team, his home state, the Delhi cricket team and Delhi Daredevils Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL. He was a part of the MRF Pace Foundation when he was young.[1]

In 2011, he played a major role in Kolkata Knight Riders getting into the top four and qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 for the first time.[2]


Bhatia has played four Under-19 Limited Overs Matches. He scored 152 runs at 50.67, including a century (109 runs is his top score here). Bhatia has taken 8 wickets here.

He has played domestic cricket for 11 years now, making his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu cricket team against Sinhalese Sports Club, at Colombo, in 2000, and he also made his List A debut for the same team against the same team in the same year. Despite that, he was hardly known out of the Indian domestic circuit.

In the 2007/08 Ranji Trophy, he contributed much to Delhi's title win with 512 runs in 7 matches.

The same year, he made his Twenty20 debut for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in the Inter-State T20 Championship, North Zone game on 3 April 2007, at Delhi where he run out Himachal Pradesh skipper Sandeep Sharma and scored 3 off 7 balls. Himachal Pradesh won by 7 wickets with 1 over spare.[3]

He first played for Tamil Nadu, but later returned to his original state, the Delhi cricket team. He represented Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural IPL. In 2010 IPL, he took nine wickets to 9 matches, which was a very impressive display.

He was quite unfortunate not to be on the selectors' radars. He was instrumental in Delhi's Ranji Trophy title win in 2007, thanks to his 512 runs in 7 matches. He has been very successful in his first-class career, taking 76 wickets at 29.21, and has also scored nearly 4000 runs at an average of nearly 50, scoring the runs mostly at crucial times when his team needed them the most. In 2010 IPL, he took nine wickets in nine matches for his team, Delhi Daredevils. In 2011, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders, who had decided to entirely revamp their team. Bhatia played a key role as for the first time, KKR finished amongst the top teams after the halfway of the group stage and eventually finished in the top four, which led to their qualification for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 qualifying rounds. Again, Bhatia performed with both bat and ball, to take KKR to the main round, where he took 2/27 in 3.4 overs and was the best bowler. Nevertheless, Somerset won by 5 wickets in the penultimate ball of the innings.[4]

He was bought by Rajasthan Royals at the 2014 IPL auction for Rs.1.7 crore. He was bought for INR 6 million in the VIVO IPL Auction - 9 and will be playing for the Rising Pune Supergiants.

In November 2015, Bhatia was left out of Delhi cricket team for 2015/16 Ranji Season after playing 81 matches which he scored 4666 runs and taking 96 wickets and then he joine Rajasthan cricket team rest of the season.[5][6][7]


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