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IPL unheard stories: Anuj Rawat

Anuj Rawat is from Ramnagar, Uttarakhand. He is a left hand batsman. In the 2017-18 Ranji trophy season, Anuj made his debut for Delhi. Check out here the unheard story of Anuj Rawat.

Arkya Mitra
Last updated: 20.05.2022
IPL unheard stories: Anuj Rawat

Anuj Rawat was born on 17th October, 1999. He is from Ramnagar, Uttarakhand. He is a left hand batsman. His father Virendra Pal Singh Rawat is a farmer. At the age of 11 he went to Delhi to play cricket as he had huge interest in the game since his childhood. That year he was enrolled in Raj Kumar Sharma's academy in Paschim Vihar, West Delhi.


In the 2017-18 Ranji trophy season, Anuj made his debut for Delhi. On 6th October, 2017 he played his debut match and scored 71 and 13 runs in the two innings of the match. He also caught two catches behind the stumps in that same match. It was a good debut for the youngster. In the 2019-20 edition of Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament, he scored an impressive 88 not out against a high profile team Saurashtra. Anuj played 19 first class matches so far and scored 925 runs with an average of 34.25. He has also featured in 23 short format games across List A and T20 cricket, averaging a decent 35 and 26 respectively. Anuj not only has an impressive record with his bat but also with his gloves as well. Behind the stumps he has affected 82 dismissals. While playing first class matches, Gautam Gambhir guided him how to keep wickets. He explained the technical terms and made him understand the fact that glovemen should know their bowlers well and with constant practice with them makes it better. Even Ishant Sharma also guided him. He told him about the distance from the stumps and leg movement. Anuj got tips from the top players of India and he was never short in that department. He was guided properly and he used it to good effects as well.


Anuj Rawat's father used to play cricket in his younger days and it was his dream that his son will represent the country one day. From a younger age, Anuj used to hold the bat straight which is not a usual thing for a small child to do. His coach Satish Pokhriyal advised Virendra to send his child to Delhi so that he can play professional cricket. His father recalled that they belong to a middle class family so finances were tight and it was a luxury for them to spend such a huge amount on sports. His family and friends helped Anuj so that he could pursue his dream. Their local resident Ganesh Rawat said they are very proud of Anuj's success and said his hard work made him reach such levels.


In 2019 December, he was roped in by Rajasthan Royals and this year, he is playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is having a mixed season till now and we expect him to reach much greater heights in his career.

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