Having played a key part in Rajasthan Royals' opening win in the seventh edition of IPL, allrounder Rajat Bhatia says he is relishing the prospect of shouldering a "more responsible" role with his new franchise, and team mentor Rahul Dravid has told him that he should help younger players.
"Rahul [Dravid] bhai told me from the beginning that I have to play the role of the senior and experienced player in this team. I have played all the seasons of the IPL and know some stuff about the Indian players," Bhatia said.
"He told me it was my responsibility to guide the young Indian players in the team and I am trying to do my best in passing on to them whatever I know. As for me, I keep learning from Rahul bhai - he is a great man - and I am sure at the end of this IPL, I will be a different player.
Bhatia played an important role in Rajasthan's win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday. With his modest off-cutters and slower ones, Bhatia first dismissed two most dangerous batsmen of Sunrisers Hyderabad - Shikhar Dhawan (38) and David Warner (32) - to help Rajasthan Royals restrict the opponents to a modest 133.
"I have to shoulder more responsibility here. I want to make sure that besides my bowling, whenever I get a chance to bat, I utilise it and contribute substantially. That's what I tried to do today and I got that boundary at a crucial juncture. These are the small things which if you keep doing, the match will be in your favour," Bhatia told IPL's official website after the win.