Do you think IPL is all about boyish and young cricketers? If yes then you need to reconsider. As there are ‘’senior citizens’’ too who are as good as the fledging ones. They may be playing with some of the players half their age, but there is no stopping them as these oldies form an integral part of their respective teams.
Here is the list of five oldest players in action this season of IPL:
Pravin Tambe, Age 42 years, RR: Tambe, leg break bowler is the oldest of them all and was unknown commodity in Indian cricket till last year, when in his stint with Rajasthan Royals in Champions League T20 he re-invented himself as a bowler, picking 12 wickets in five games with a strike rate of 9.5 and a scrooge economy of 4.10. It was just last year that he made his debut for RR and in first-class cricket for Mumbai.
Muttiah Muralitharan, Age 41 years, RCB: It has been three years since Murali retired from International cricket but this spinning legend has found his feet in leagues around the world. This could well be his last IPL as a player and who knows next year he will be mentoring the young guns. Murali this week turns 42. Happy Birthday Murali!
Brad Hodge, Age 39 years, RR: Another senior pro in Royals squad. Hodge has been around for years now as a T20 specialist and brings in wealth of experience to RR. Hodge is also useful as a bowler with his off spin. Hodge has recently decided to hang his boots for Australia’s national team.
Jacques Kallis, Age 39 years, KKR: Kallis may have retired from tests and has not represented Proteas lately in limited overs cricket, but the proficient all-rounder has been a regular feature of KKR side. He is team’s second most run scorer and wicket taker.
Michael Hussey, Age 38 years, MI: Hussey is still in demand as the compact Aussie batsman found takers in MI. Mr Cricket Hussey is known to build his innings with nudges and then launch an attack with his bat. The left hander in last season was the orange cap holder.