One of the most interesting aspects of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is that many star players who have retired from international cricket have been a part of the league. Most of these players were past their mid-30s by the time they make their IPL debut, and some of them were successful in the cash-rich league irrespective of their age.
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Adam Gilchrist – 41 years and 181 days
Wearing white or coloured, going in first or fifth, there’s no doubt that Adam Gilchrist was one of the most exhilarating cricketers of modern times. A dasher batsman who demolished the best of bowlers, Gilchrist was also a terrific wicket-keeper against both pace and spin. In fact, he was the one who revolutionized the role of wicket keeping forever.
Gilchrist is a part of the rare club of players to have won the World Cup thrice – in 1999, 2003 and 2007. His savage 204 not out against South Africa at Johannesburg, his unbeaten 149 against Pakistan at Hobart, and his 57-delivery Ashes at Perth are the three Test innings which rank among the most amazing by Australians.
Besides Tests, Gilchrist was also one of the best limited-overs batsmen the world has ever seen. Gilchrist played a total of six seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) – three for Deccan Chargers and three for Kings XI Punjab. Over his six seasons in the IPL he played a total of 82 matches, where he scored 2069 runs at a healthy strike-rate of 138.39.
Gilchrist remains the oldest cricketer to have scored a half-century in the IPL. He scored 85* from just 54 deliveries comprising 3 giant sixes and 10 well-timed fours. He was supported by British-Pakistani cricketer Azhar Mahmood, who went on to score 61 off 41 balls. Their amazing partnership yielded 118 runs.
Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 5-174 by seven wickets, and Adam Gilchrist was announced ‘Player of the Match’ for his express innings.
Chris Gayle – 41 years and 24 days
The T20 format of cricket seemingly chose Chris Gayle as its ambassador, for he scored the very first century in the T20 cricket. Today, the Jamaican owns almost every record in the format, including that of most runs (now 10,000+), most hundreds, and most fours and sixes.
Renowned as one of the most barbarous hitters of the cricket ball, Gayle has decimated bowling attacks across the globe. With over 4700 runs in 130 innings at a healthy strike-rate of more than 150, the left-hander is easily one of the best batsmen ever in the history of the tournament and the league.
Gayle finally got a chance to perform at Sharjah after Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) lost six out of the first seven matches in IPL 2020. However, he was slotted in at number three – a position where Gayle has batted only once in the IPL. He started the innings slowly, scoring just seven runs from the first 15 balls he faced.
Chris Gayle then slammed two sixes off Washington Sundar’s third over. When Sundar returned to bowl in the 17th over, Gayle pummeled him for two more sixes to reach his 29th half-century in the IPL. He has six centuries in the tournament, and is the leading six-hitter as well, with 331 to his name.
Rahul Dravid – 40 years and 116 days
Rahul Dravid, also known as the Wall, was probably one of the last classical batsmen in Test Cricket. While his progress into the national side may have been steady and methodical, there was a time when Dravid established himself at the vanguard of a new team that was no longer easy to beat at away matches.
Just like Test Cricket, Dravid was no mug in the T20 format of the game. In 82 innings, he has 2,174 runs to his name. This score comes at a strike rate of 115.52, which was decent given that he had to play anchor’s role at various instances.
Rahul Dravid is the oldest Indian cricket to have scored a century in the IPL. He played the role of a sheet anchor while Rajasthan Royals chased down a target of 155 runs against Delhi Daredevils in 2013. The Daredevils, now Capitals, has a decent bowling line up comprising of S Kaul, UT Yadav, M Morkel, AB Agarkar and P Negi. So, the chase at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium was certainly not going to be an easy one.
Rahul scored 53 runs off 48 runs, with 7 well-timed fours to his name. The right-handed batsman was supported by Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 63 runs in 45 deliveries. The duo smashed a risk-free 108-run opening stand. It was the proper captain’s innings that led Rajasthan to victory.
Sachin Tendulkar – 39 years and 362 days
‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time, and arguably the biggest icon the game of cricket has ever known. With perfect balance, economy of movement and precision in stroke-making, Tendulkar could score all around the wicket, could adjust his technique to suit every condition, and made runs all across the globe in all conditions.
During his six-years long IPL career for Mumbai Indians, Sachin scored 2,334 runs at a strike-rate of 120. In an encounter at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi, Mumbai Indians lost two quick wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith. The responsibility of rebuilding the innings was then on Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar’s shoulders. The duo had a partnership of 96 runs, where Sachin scored 53 runs of 47 balls.
Michael Hussey – 39 years and 362 days
Renowned as Mr Cricket because of his flawless technique, Michael Hussey was one of the most consistent batsmen to have ever played in the IPL. During his eight years career with Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, Hussey scored nearly 2000 runs at an average of close to 38 and at a strike rate of over 122.
This match was the all-important qualifier between two arch-rivals – Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Here, Hussey compiled a well-crafted 56 off 46 deliveries to ensure that CSK chase 140 runs on the tricky Ranchi surface. In his much-needed knock, he smashed three fours and two sixes. This means that 32 of his runs came from single and double, demonstrating the exceptional fitness he had even at that age.