There is no connection between age and cricket. In recent past many a times, age became the matter of discussion for shorter format of cricket and many have the opinion that one-day cricket (especially Indian captain MS Dhoni is having strong opinion and he raised questions against seniors in last 2 years) and T20 cricket is only for youngsters but looking at this edition of IPL this opinion has been proved wrong by many senior champion cricketers by their performances. Mumbai need Tendulkar,
can’t do well without Anil Kumble and Jacque Kallis, Chennai can’t think of a team without Matthew Hayden, Bangalore can’t take field without Gilchrist and above all without Sourav Ganguly KKR can’t think of victory. Chris Gayle, Sanath Jayasuriya, Herschelle Gibbs all are on the wrong side of 30s but yet they are playing effectively in this edition. This is about batsman now look at bowlers and here Chaminda Vaas, Anil Kumble, Muralitharan, Zaheer Khan, Shane Warne, Dirk Nannes has proved that they are on the wrong side of 30s but they are as effective as anybody else in the world. In short experienced senior players have proved that they are champion in T20 cricket as well and they showed the youngsters that there is no match of experience in any form of cricket. So it is wrong that only youngsters can perform in shorter format of the game. Hyderabad
If we talk about current edition of IPL than we will see that after first 50 matches 4 out of 5 battters among top run-getters are on the wrong side of their 30s and they are Sachin Tendulkar who is topping the chart and holding orange cap, second place is taken by Kallis, third place goes to our very own DADA(Sourav Ganguly and fourth place is captured by Andrew Symonds. If we talk about bowling than here also Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Shane Bond have outperformed many youngsters.
These are those senior players who are giving stiff competition to youngsters for orange cap and purple cap. If wee talk about fielding, here also these seniors have take some breath-taking catches and they won the awards also for their efforts in field by out performing youngsters. Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Herchelle Gibbs. Jacques Kallis, Anil Kumble, Gilchrist. Rahul Dravid, Andrew Symonds are all better and safe catchers than some of the youngsters.
I feel Lalit Modi have to organise one more match of T20 between players above 30 years of age and below 30 years of age after the IPL and I can guarantee that seniors will beat these youngsters.
Here are probable 16 for the senior team: Sachin Tendulkar(Captain), Sourav Ganguly, Jacque Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Matthew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Brad Hodge, Chris Gayle, Chaminda Vaas, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Dirk Nannes, Shane Bond.
There are more players who can make it but we have limit it to 16 unfortunately because only 11 can take the field.