Kolkata: Delhi batsman Rajat Bhatia, who struck a gritty 163 not out on day two of the Ranji Trophy game against Bengal on Wednesday, dedicated his ton to the victims of the AMRI tragedy fire.
The 32-year-old batsman played a key role in the visitors making a challenging 392 in their first knock at the Eden Gardens.
"I want to dedicate this hundred to the people who lost their lives in the Kolkata hospital fire. I was in Delhi when the incident happened. It was terrible and I was determined to do well here as I wanted to dedicate my performance to the victims," said the cricketer who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rajat Bhatia struck a gritty unbeaten 163 in Delhi's Ranji Trophy game against Bengal at the Eden Gardens.
"I am very happy to play this knock at the Eden Gardens. I am a KKR player and this is my second home. So I always wanted to do well in Bengal," he added.
Ninety three people, mostly infirm patients trapped in their bed, and staff were choked to death in a pre-dawn blaze in the high-cost medical facility in South Kolkata's Dhakuria.