Anuj Rawat is a young, promising southpaw who, in his early days of First Class cricket, has a healthy average in the late 30s. He’s already broken down the IPL’s barriers, and it’ll only be a matter of time before he shows off his skills on a global scale.
On 6 October 2017, Anuj made his first-class debut for Delhi in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, scoring 71 and 13 runs in two innings. He also had two scalps from behind the stumps. During the 2019-20 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the 20-year-old batted for Delhi and scored an incredible 88* against Saurashtra. Anuj Rawat has played in 19 first-class games and scored 925 runs at a strike rate of 34.25. He’s also played 23 short-format games in List A and T20 cricket, averaging 35 and 26 runs respectively. The 20-year-old has caused 82 dismissals with the gloves.If figures are to be believed, Anuj Rawat has all of the ingredients to become one of India’s greatest wicket-keeper batsmen in the future.
The Rajasthan Royals agreed to sign him for INR 80 lakhs at the auction in December 2019 after being impressed by his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Anuj will find it tough to get into the Royals starting XI, but he will look to learn from the dugout’s Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Robin Uthappa.
Rawat, a left-handed batsman from Ram Nagar in Uttarakhand, is still in his early cricketing days, but he has a long way to go considering his talent. Virendra Pal Singh Rawat, his father, is a farmer. Anuj moved to Delhi at the age of 11 and enrolled in Raj Kumar Sharma’s academy in Paschim Vihar, West Delhi.
Gautam Gambhir fielded at slips for Delhi during a first-class match and instructed Anuj on how to develop his batting skills. Gambhir advised the youngster that a gloveman should be familiar with their bowlers and that regular practise with them enhances results. For Ishant Sharma, the pacer showed him how to keep his distance from the stumps and how to move his legs. Gambhir was still adamant about keeping a close eye on the ball and assessing its movement.