Raju Ravi Bhatkal is a professional Indian Cricketer, born in Belgaum, Karnataka on 1st September 1985. He is a right hand batsman and a right arm medium bowler. He has played for major teams like Karnataka, Malnad Gladiators,Karnataka Under-16s and now has been associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Recently at the IPL players auction, he was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore team to play at the IPL 5 season.
Raju Bhatkal is an All-Rounder for the RCB team capable of bowling well with accurate line and length and also can bat at variable positions in the batting line up. The RCB team will be looking forward to have a player like him performing well and matching shoulder to shoulder with the International players in the side.
The first class debut of Raju Bhatkal was against Saurashtra on January 10 2007. In total he has only played 2 matches where he has made 74 runs at an average of 37 with a strike rate of 60.65 and has also taken 3 wickets with best figures of 3 for 53 runs. There is ample scope of learning and improving as a player for Raju as RCB team has many cricketers who have played International Cricket for quite a long time now.
Raju played in 20 List A matches, scoring 308 runs at a batting average of 22 and a strike rate of 69.05. He delivered 493 balls of 378 runs, taking 14 wickets, at a bowling average of 27 and a strike rate of 35.2. Moreover, of the 19 Twenty20 matches that he had played, Raju scored 86 runs, at an average of 10.75 and a strike rate of 104.87. He delivered 285 balls of 344 runs, taking 17 wickets, at a bowling average of 20.23 and a economy rate of 7.24 and a strike rate of 16.7.