WT20: Rajat Bhatia 'shocked' at making India probables list

Published: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 12:02 [IST]
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New Delhi, Jan 18: He was indeed "shocked" when he heard the news of his inclusion in the 30-member probables for the World T20 in Bangladesh but Rajat Bhatia's 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. 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)," Bhatia told PTI on Friday (January 17).

Rajat Bhatia 'shocked' at selection

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".


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