The T20 format used to be a thought of as a young man’s game, but older players have flourished in it.

 

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During the second game of the IPL 2016, Eden Garden witnessed Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR’s) Australian left-arm spinner Brad Hogg shocked Delhi Daredevils with a haul of three wickets for just 19 runs. Eden Gardens was watching something very rare unfold: Hogg’s first wicket was that of Pawan Negi, who was a year old when Hogg made his first-class debut, in February 1994. His second scalp, Sanju Samson, had not even been born. Negi is now 23 and Samson, 21; Hogg is 45, older than the two combined.a left-arm spinner Brad Hogg shocked Delhi Daredevils with a haul of three wickets for just 19 runs. Eden Gardens was watching something very rare unfold: Hogg’s first wicket was that of Pawan Negi, who was a year old when Hogg made his first-class debut, in February 1994. His second scalp, Sanju Samson, had not even been born. Negi is now 23 and Samson, 21; Hogg is 45, older than the two combined.

When the Twenty20 (T20) format first began to gain popularity almost a decade ago, it was seen as a young man’s game. It was a fast, high-risk, highly athletic game, with barely any time to breathe. The experience was thought to be a minor virtue in this format.

The Delhi Daredevils team was being led by Zaheer Khan, who is 37 and has retired from international cricket. Khan’s main spin weapon is Amit Mishra, who is 33. The South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, 37, is an attacking wicket-taker in the Delhi squad.

 

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The IPL also provides a platform to those who have missed a lasting chance at international or first-class cricket. Take, for instance, Gujarat Lions’ leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, 44, who has been the best bowler for his franchise this season. He had never even played a first-class match before he made his IPL debut in 2013, for Rajasthan Royals, at the age of 42. He is now the second-oldest player in the league, after Hogg.

Another example is of 36 years old Ashish Nehra, who returned to the Indian cricket team after a brilliant performance in the IPL. When many thought that his international career is far from over.

 

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Another example is of 36 years old Ashish Nehra, who returned to the Indian cricket team after a brilliant performance in the IPL. When many though that his international career is far from over.

 

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