It was February 13 when Rajat Patidar thought he would be picket in the auction but to a little dissapointment, there were no bids for him. But when Ranji Trophy resumed after a year’s break on February 17, he scored two fifties against Gujarat which helped Madhya Pradesh win it easily. In a calm way, Patidar scored 335 runs with no score below 53 in the league phase.
On scoring centuries, he doesn’t let a roar. Despite hitting runs that helped MP win (against Mumbai), Patidar remained calm throughout the tournament. “That’s my strength: I keep myself cool and calm, no matter the situation,” Patidar said in a an interview with cricket.com.
“For the winning run, the thought was that, ‘Okay, I’ve got the ball in an area that I can score off, so convert it.’ The moment was huge, but I was calm inside,” Patidar says. “When the run was completed and we went from 107 to 108, then I felt, ‘Finally, we have done it’.”
Rajat Patidar remembers IPL
Rajat Patidar recalled the time when he wasn’t picked in the IPL 2022 auctions.
“I did feel a bit disappointed,” he remembers of the aftermath of the auctions. “Last year, when the first half of the IPL happened in India, my performance was not bad. The coach told me then, that I would play all the matches in Dubai at No.3. So I was ready. But when we went to Dubai, AB (de Villiers) sir had an injury so they needed to play a wicketkeeper. So I didn’t get the chance to play. But they did tell me that they’ll pick me in the auction. Then they didn’t, so I did feel a bit, that, ‘It didn’t happen’. But I don’t really bother about all this because it’s not in my control. My attitude to it is, if it happens it happens, if not it doesn’t. I’ll do what’s in my hands.”
“Especially if you talk about batting, I don’t judge myself on performance,” he shares. “I need to get that batting ‘feel’ – the shots are good, the balance is there, the head is in the right position – till I don’t get that feel I don’t feel I’m in good form. Obviously it’s every batsman’s job to score runs, but for me, if I feel good about my batting the runs come automatically.”