One characteristic of the Twenty20s, in general, is that it doesn’t require a lot of consistency for a player as it is required in the other formats of the game. This allows a bit faded or retired cricketers to play the shortest format.
The things get turned up when such players prove their worth through their vital experience and the skillset they possess in the Indian Premier League (IPL). That becomes the primary reason that such veteran cricketers can never be taken easily due to the amount of experience on their shoulders. Despite the fact that they have a bit less on energy levels then younger players but their skill defends their disposal. Here are 4 such IPL 2017 cricketers for whom age is just a number.
1. Zaheer Khan (DD)
Despite the fact, Zaheer Khan has hung his boots from the international career but there is still a lot of cricket left in him. He still has that hunger of taking wickets, which keeps him going. He hopes to win the title for Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing season of IPL.
In his career of IPL so far, Zaheer has bagged up 92 wickets with 10 of them coming in the last season of the cash-rich league. Since the 9th season of IPL, he is leading the Delhi side and trying his level best to help the team to clinch the title. Even at the age of 38, he looks fitter, most of the other players.
2. Imran Tahir (RPS)
South African leggie Imran Tahir was initially unsold in the IPL auction 2017 and that also raised a few eyebrows. However, he is any day a match-winner for any team and he has proved his worth for Pune so far in this season so far.
3. Ashish Nehra (SRH)
Nehra is a prime example of a player who makes the balanced use of his skills, experience, the positives, and negatives in his cricket to make sure his career lasts long. He made a comeback into the Indian team through his penetrative bowling in the IPL and proving that age is the just number. He has the ability to hit right areas and gets the ball to move around according to the needs. Nehra is playing for defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2017.
4. Chris Gayle (RCB)
The big man from Jamaica, Christopher Henry Gayle is born to play T20 cricket. Despite the fact that he hasn’t played in his national colors for very long, he has been a match-winner in T20s.
In recent times, Gayle has become a ‘T20 Freelancer’ as he has played for all the T20 leagues all around the globe. As a result of that on Tuesday, he became the only batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20s. He achieved that feat with a career strike-rate of around 150, which is humongous. Despite the fact that Gayle turned 37 in September 2016, he can still torment any bowler. In the 10th season of IPL, he will be playing for RCB, where he enjoys the company of players like Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers.
For RCB, Gayle is more than a player as his biggest fan base is in India because of flamboyant personality.