Brad Hodge’s match-winning knock against South Africa at Durban has brought into focus the fact that T20 is not only for the young ones, as widely believed. Take a look at the top ten oldest players to feature in the sport’s youngest version.
Brad Hogg: The Australian chinaman bowler became the oldest cricketer (43 years, 34 days) to feature in a T20 international when he played in the game against South at Durban on March 12, 2014. Hogg sent down only one over and conceded five runs in the rain-curtailed match.
Steve Tikolo: The Kenyan legend was 42 years and 154 days old when he featured in the match against Canada at Sharjah on November 26, 2013 as part of ICC World T20 qualifier. Tikolo contributed an impressive 40 from 23 balls as Kenya won by 21 runs.
Sanath Jayasuriya: The Sri Lankan was 41 years and 360 days old when he played the match against England at Bristol on June 25, 2011. Jayasuriya was dismissed for 8 but Lanka won by nine wickets.
Sunil Dhaniram: The Canadian was 41 years and 116 days old when Canada took on Kenya as part of the ICC World T20 qualifier at Dubai on February 10, 2010. Dhaniram conceded only 17 runs and picked up one wicket as well, but Kenya won comprehensively by 9 wickets.
John Davison: Among Canada’s greats, he was 39 years and 277 days old when he featured in the ICC World T20 qualifier match against Kenya at Dubai on February 10, 2010. He was dismissed for a first-ball duck.
Trent Johnston: The former Ireland skipper was 39 years and 215 days old when Ireland faced Afghanistan in the ICC World T20 qualifier game at Abu Dhabi on November 30, 2013. Johnston blasted 62 from 32 balls as Ireland were victorious by 68 runs.
Brad Hodge: The Aussie veteran was 39 years and 73 days old when Australia took on South Africa at Durban on March 12, 2014. Hodge blasted an unbeaten 21 off 8 balls to emerge man of the match.
Sanjayan Thuraisingham: The bowler from Canada was 38 years and 329 days old when his nation took on Bermuda in the ICC World T20 qualifier on August 5, 2008 at Belfast. Thuraisingham claimed 1 for 13 as Canada won by 8 wickets.
Neil Carter: The Scotland left-arm medium pacer was 38 years and 303 days old when the team took on Netherlands in the ICC World T20 qualifier at Abu Dhabi on November 28, 2013. Carter claimed 1 for 19 but Netherlands won by eight wickets.
Rahul Dravid: The Indian giant was 38 years and 232 days when the team faced England in the T20 match at Manchester on August 31, 2011. This was Dravid’s first as well as his last match. He hit three consecutive sixes en route to his 21-ball 31. India, however, went on to lose the match by six wickets.
--By A Cricket Analyst