The game of cricket is not bound by age of a player. The selection of a player just depends upon his fitness and playing abilities, especially when it comes to T20 format. It when it comes down to the shortest format, the views turn around and youngsters get more limelight. Testing a youngster isn’t out of the box but ruling out the veterans completely, becomes the talk of town. Many legendary players who were thought to be less consistent in the T20 format have come up with riveting performances and many have showcased their talent and ability in this form with authority.
India’s former legendary batsman has been known for his defensive batting and playing techniques. Not so long ago, Dravid used to be the first choice batsman for India to play some long, patient innings. Though, he was at his best in the white shirt, many ignored him from the shorter versions of the game and suggested he won’t be a success in T20 format. Contradicting his critics, the Karnataka batsman didn’t leave a stone un-turned. Beginning his IPL career in 2008, Dravid played a total of 89 matches where smashed 2174 runs at an average of 28.23 including 11 fifties. The former Rajasthan Royals player also played only T20I for India where he scored 31 runs.
Change the format, but the Master Blaster will stay remain the same. In the Indian Premier League, Sachin Tendulkar while playing for Mumbai Indians scored a hundred against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Mumbai. Sachin has been a good house hold name for Mumbai Indians in the IPL where has scored over 2000 runs at an average of 34.83.
Another Indian cricketer who completely defines the above statement is Ashish Nehra. Nehra has become the bowling spearhead for quite sometime in T20I for the Men in Blue. In 25 matches where he has donned Indian jersey, the left-arm Delhi pacer has bagged 35 wickets. In Indian Premier League too, Nehra has been clinical with his bowling. In a career span of 82 matches, the former CSK bowler has 98 wickets to his name.
One of the most talked about batsmen in Australian domestic cricket, Michael Klinger has finally made a cut in the T20I squad for Australia against Sri Lanka. Klinger in a span of 133 T20 matches has scored over four thousand runs with 6 hundreds to his name. Interestingly, he has been picked in the team at an age of 36.
Another Australian batsman Brad Hodge rubbed off the virtual criteria of picking up youngsters in the team for T20 format. Hodge has scored a mammoth 7338 in 270 matches. One of the biggest giants in the T20 format who continues to ply his trade in the domestic franchise season.