Most of the you have a misconception about shorter format of cricket (T20) and think that T20 is meant only for the younger cricketers but these cricketers will prove you wrong.
If you take a look at T20 international cricket records, you will found that older players are more successful. Players like Brendon McCullum who is the highest T20I run scorer and Shahid Afridi who has most numbers of wickets in his name are above 33. And who can forget this 36-year old West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, who has the most runs in T20 format.
In Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 season, we will see a many older players representing their teams.
Let’s take a look at top 10 oldest players in IPL 2016.
Kevin Pietersen – 35
The 35-year old English cricketer, Kevin Pietersen is one of the most demanding T20 cricketers in the world. He has played in almost every T20 leagues whether it is Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the Big Bash League, the Pakistan Super League or the Bangladesh Premier League.
Samuel Badree – 35
The 35-year old West Indies leg-spinner, Samuel Badree has recently shown how much cricket left in him. He played an important role in West Indies world T20 title achievement. Badree is one of the oldest players in IPL 2016 and Royal Challengers Bangalore would be hoping the same form in IPL.
Shadab Jakati – 35
A left-arm spinner from Goa, Shadab Jakati was the important part of Chennai Super Kings. The 35-year old will play for Gujarat Lions in the 9th edition of IPL this year.
Rajat Bhatia – 36
The 36-year old, Rajat Bhatia will play for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL 2016.
Chris Gayle – 36
When it comes to T20 cricket then the first name came to our mind is Chris Gayle. He is the most dangerous batsmen in the history of IPL. At the age of 36 also, he is one of the most popular T20 cricketers and will play for RCB this year too.
Ashish Nehra – 36
Indian’s veteran fast bowler, Ashish Nehra has shown good performance from the day he come back to Indian squad. This 36-year old will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad team.
Imran Tahir – 37
The 37-year old South Africa’s leg-spinner, Imran Tahir is the main spin weapon of Delhi Daredevils and this year his team will be hoping for IPL title.
Zaheer Khan – 37
The 37-year old Indian bowler, Zaheer Khan is new skipper of Delhi Daredevils for the 2016 IPL. He has played 77 matches and took 82 wickets at an average of 26 in the IPL. He is one of the oldest players in IPL 2016.
Pravin Tambe – 44
The 44-year old leg-spinner, Pravin Tambe has never played for India but still he is popular in IPL. He is among the oldest players in IPL 2016. He will play for Gujarat Lions franchise this year.
Brad Hogg – 45
Former Australian bowler, Brad Hogg is the oldest player in IPL 2016. The 45-year old player has performed well for Kolkata Knight Riders and this year too he will try to leave his mark in the IPL.