Home > News >

Rajat Bhatia ‘shocked’ after inclusion in ICC World T20 2014 probables list

Rajat Bhatia has been the 'go-to' man for Delhi in the domestic circuit for years now. Photo Courtesy - Rajat Bhatia Fan Club's Google + page
Rajat Bhatia has been the ‘go-to’ man for Delhi in the domestic circuit for years now. Photo Courtesy – Rajat Bhatia Fan Club’s Google + page

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi: Jan 17, 2014

Rajat Bhatia was “shocked” when he heard the news of his inclusion in the 30-member probables for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh but his expectations from life and cricket are very “realistic”.

“I am happy that I have been included in the 30-member probables list. Finally, my 15 years of hard work in domestic circuit has been acknowledged and I am thankful to BCCI”, Bhatia told PTI.

“Having said that, it is a 30-member probables and not the 15-member squad. So I have to be realistic. Bhai Dilli abhi bahoot dooor hain (Destination is far away).” said Bhatia.

The veteran of 87 First-Class and 104 T20 matches was honest in admitting that he was shocked when he got the news.

“Well, I didn’t expect the call-up as I have been used to getting ignored when I was young. So suddenly, when I was told about my selection in probables, I was a bit zapped. I didn’t expect to be selected and that’s why I told you ‘thik se dekh lijiye, koi galti toh nahi huyi hain (Just cross-check, hope there’s no mistake)’. That’s why I only told my wife about this news,” Bhatia said.

Asked about what this call-up means to him, Bhatia gave another practical reply, “For me, this is about being in that mix. Like I am in 30 and you never know that I might just a get a chance in the 15. That’s far fetched but I am saying that I am in 30 top T20 cricketers in the country. This gives me strength to do well in the coming season and who knows I might wear that India jersey”.

Bhatia has been Delhi‘s ‘Go-To’ man for close to a decade now (he started his first-class career for Tamil Nadu), he has been given many names by his statemates including “Sankat Mochan” (Crisis Man) and the 34-year-old feels that he thrives in pressure situation.

“Look at my record over the years. Every year, I have been consistent performer for Delhi. I have scored centuries every season (he has 14 first-class, three list A and one T20 hundred), picked up wickets. I have worked on my fitness like any other youngster.

“There was a point of time when I had stopped thinking about the call-up but this inclusion in 30 has again rejuvenated me. In any case, playing for Delhi and KKR has been a huge motivation for me in these years,” Bhatia said.

Bhatia is currently busy playing office-cricket for his team Indian Airlines which is keeping him in the groove as he gears up for the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 4: Central reach 300-run mark

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Abu Dhabi

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Financial options to make West Indies’ Down Under tour possible

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Robin Bist completes half-century

BCCI may file $42 million lawsuit against WICB for India tour pullout

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Muttiah Muralitharan insists Virat Kohli a huge asset for India

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Robin Bist completes 4,000 First Class runs

Don Bradman dismissed twice on the same day

Virat Kohli’s captaincy opportunities important in context of India’s succession plans

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Google Tax: Spanish government passes new copyright law forcing Google to pay news sites

Microsoft Office for Mac to release in 2015, new Outlook for Mac now available to Office 365 subscribers

Ranveer Singh and Govinda Pair Together to Star in ‘Kill Dil’

Man promised iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPad 4 and Macbook Pro for Rs 51,000, gets a ‘heavy brick’ instead

Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan or hubby Abhishek Bachchan, who does Aishwarya Rai Bachchan look the best with? Vote!

Beauty Tip #43 — Get fuller-looking lips with home-made sugar scrub

Ayurvedic treatment: 7 types of Ayurvedic massages you should know about

Birthday Special: Priceless moments from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s life- View Pics!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here