This won’t be the first time that the IPL has seen players over the age of 35 setting the ground on fire. Players like Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, and Harbhajan Singh have been leaving their mark for quite some time and players like Ambati Rayudu and AB de Villiers, who have crossed the 30-year mark, are in fine form. This only goes to show that age is just a number.
at the age of 38, is the second oldest player in the Indian Premier League. Undoubtedly, the king of IPL, especially based on his performance this season, Chris Gayle has lit so many matches in every season of IPL with fireworks from his bat. He has scored 3626 runs in 101 matches, with the highest average of 41.2 among all the batsmen in the IPL. Gayle also holds the record for most number of sixes hit by a player in the IPL.
Harbhajan Singh was picked up by MI in the first season and ever since then, he’s been playing for them throughout his IPL career. Also known as the ‘Turbanator’, he holds the third highest wicket-taker in IPL history, with 127 wickets in 136 IPL matches. At an average of 26.65 and an economy of 6.95, Harbhajan has been one of the most economical bowlers in IPL.
Shane Watson, despite being 36 years of age is still a force to be reckoned with. In his very first season in the Indian Premier League, Watson made his presence felt. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, he, along with mentor and captain Shane Warne, and Yusuf Pathan, was instrumental in helping the side win. Watson has played 102 matches in the IPL so far. After the Royals were suspended for two years in 2015, Watson was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the next two years. This season he plays for CSK.
Brendon McCullum made sure on the first day itself that the IPL becomes a hit. No cricket fan can forget those innings from McCullum at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, he went onto score 158 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the very first match in the IPL history. McCullum has played 103 matches in the IPL to score 2753 runs at an average of 28.09. He also earned two centuries to his name.
Players above the age of 35 have done so well on the field. Yes, it’s logical to assume that a young man would play better than someone who is of 35 or even 30 years of age. But when you think about it, the question is, how much experience would that young man have as compared to the senior players? Would he know how to make impromptu decisions? Will he be able to analyze his opponent? People who have been on the field for a long time, pick up on techniques that prove to be advantageous to the team they play for. Because at the end of the day, age is just a number.