Domestic cricket veteran cricketer Rajat Bhatia has announced his retirement from all formats on Wednesday. Rajat has played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants. The 40-year-old all-rounder, who started his career with Tamil Nadu in 2003-04, mostly played cricket from Delhi. In 2018-19, he led the new team Uttarakhand to the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal.
He came close to playing for India in 2014, but says he has no regrets in this long career. Considered a troubleshooter for the Delhi cricket team, Bhatia played 112 first class matches and scored 6482 runs at an average of 49.10. Along with this, he also took 137 wickets. He also played 119 List A and 146 T20 matches. The Delhi-born cricketer also played List A cricket in Bangladesh last season. He said, ‘I had decided about retirement only last year. I was not playing domestic cricket here and then started commentating. Then I was playing as a professional in Bangladesh, but this year they stopped keeping professional players and then the corona virus spread. So I thought it was time to retire. ‘
He said, “Well I am feeling more fit than ever and can play in a foreign league.” He came close to playing for India in 2014, when he was included in the T20 World Cup probables. But he has no regrets that he could not wear the Indian team jersey. He said, ‘I don’t want to think of my career that way. It would be very immature to think. I have been able to do a lot and I am happy about it. There is no regrets. ‘