Former all-rounder Rajat Bhatia has talked about his experience of playing under Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag in the IPL during a recent interaction. Bhatia, who retired from all forms of cricket last year, played with both Gambhir and Sehwag for the Delhi state team and then went on to play under both of them in the IPL.
Bhatia was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders between 2011 and 2013. He played a key role for the franchise during their triumph in 2012 under the leadership of Gambhir. During the conversation, Bhatia mentioned that whatever may be the condition, Gambhir never dropped him. He also mentioned that the southpaw had faith in him and he enjoyed every bit of the support.
“When Gautam was there as the captain of KKR, he used to prefer me in his playing 11 and made me play consistently. Sometimes, the wicket was a bit flat, and there was a need to play an extra fast bowler. But he never let me get dropped, and played me consistently.
“Big names like L Balaji or others would be dropped, but I would not get dropped. He always used to tell me that he believed in me and knew how to use me and that’s why I enjoyed playing under him,” Bhatia said during the SportsTiger’s new interview series – Interact. Personal. Laugh & Life.
There is a huge advantage if you have a captain from the same state: Rajat Bhatia
He further went on to say that if an IPL captain is also from one’s state team then it is highly advantageous for the player. To back his comments, he gave an example of Virender Sehwag. Bhatia, before coming to the KKR set-up, was part of the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. Sehwag led Delhi in the first two seasons while Gambhir led them in 2010.
“But there is a huge advantage if you have a captain from the same state because they know what is required. Gautam knew about that and so did Virender Sehwag because I played under his captaincy in Delhi Daredevils for two years,” Bhatia added.
Bhatia, during the interaction, also said that when Gambhir took the role of a permanent captain with Delhi in 2010, he felt his captaincy lacked maturity. However, he added that with time the left-handed batsman learned the tricks of the trade. The southpaw, in fact, won two IPL titles for KKR as captain, one in 2012 and the other in 2014.
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