Some are fast in scoring runs, some are miserly and some…, 'elderly' cricketers shine in T20 WC

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. There is a general perception that T20 cricket suits energetic young players more. This is because the format is played at a very fast pace, requiring tremendous fitness and reflexes to run between the wickets and field. This is true to some extent, but older players with sporting skills have also achieved success in this format. In the group matches of the T20 World Cup 2024, some older players have also managed to shine amid the strong performances of youngsters like Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nicholas Pooran, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Arshdeep Singh and Tanjim Hasan Shakib.

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Many of these 'old' players will also be seen playing in the Super 8 round of the tournament. The old players who have made a special impact with their game in the current World Cup include Australia's David Warner, New Zealand's Tim Southee, Scotland's Tim Barrington, West Indies' Andre Russell and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan. Of these, the teams of Warner, Shakib and Russell have made it to the last eight.

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Warner has the highest strike rate in an innings
37-year-old David Warner is playing for the last time in the T20 World Cup 2024. Warner, who has retired from Test and ODI formats, will completely say goodbye to international cricket after this tournament. In such a situation, he is leaving no stone unturned to make his last tournament memorable. Left-handed batsman Warner keeps the scoreboard moving by playing aggressive shots. He has the highest strike rate in an innings in the current tournament. In the group match against England, Warner played a blistering innings of 39 runs (strike rate 243.75) with the help of two fours and four sixes in just 16 balls. This is the highest strike rate for an innings in this edition. Warner's batting performance has also been good in the tournament, he has so far scored 116 runs in four matches at an average of 29 and a strike rate of 146.83.

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Saudi has the best economy in bowling

While Warner is effective in batting, in bowling, New Zealand's Tim Southee made an impression by bowling the most economical in the group matches. Unfortunately, Southee will not be seen in the further matches of the tournament, as the Kiwi team could not reach the Super 8. In the three matches of the group stage, Southee took 7 wickets for 36 runs in his quota of 12 overs, keeping one maiden. His strike rate was 3.00. Southee was not a part of the playing eleven in New Zealand's opening match against Afghanistan. New Zealand's Indian-origin player Rachin Ravindra also has a strike rate of 3.00 like Southee, but he has bowled only 3 overs in three matches. Rachin took two wickets for 9 runs in three overs.

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43 year old Subuga's record was broken in just 12 days, 33 year old Ferguson broke it

The record for the best economy in an innings in the T20 World Cup was set by Uganda's 43-year-old off-break bowler Frank Subuga on June 17. In the match against Papua New Guinea, he bowled two maidens in four overs and took 2 wickets for 4 runs (economy 2.00). However, Subuga's record for the best economy in an innings was broken in just 12 days. New Zealand's 33-year-old Lockie Ferguson bowled all four overs of his quota of maidens in the match against Papua New Guinea and took three wickets (economy 0.00). This is the best economy spell of the T20 World Cup so far.

Berrington is second in the batting averages
In this group of aged players, Scotland's Richie Berrington's batting did not get much praise but his contribution has also not been less. The reason for this is that Scotland is not a full member of the ICC and its cricket does not get much importance. 37-year-old Berrington scored 102 runs (average 102.00) in three innings of 4 matches, remaining unbeaten twice. In terms of batting average in the group round, Berrington was second after America's Aaron Jones (141.00). In 18 matches of four T20 World Cups, Berrington has scored 389 runs at an average of 32.41. Scotland's team could not make it to the Super.

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Bolt, Shakib and Russell are also shining

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New Zealand's Trent Boult, Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan and West Indies' Andre Russell have also performed well in the tournament and proved that age is just a number. 34-year-old left-arm bowler Boult has announced his retirement after this World Cup. He said goodbye to international cricket by taking 9 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 6.55 and an economy of 3.68. 37-year-old Shakib, who has been a part of the T20 World Cup since 2007, has scored 92 runs in 4 matches this time at an average of 30.66, including a half-century. During this, he has also taken 2 wickets. Similarly, 36-year-old Andre Russell of the host West Indies team has remained unbeaten three times in four matches and has scored just 62 runs at an average of 62 and taken 5 wickets at an average of 14.00.

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Talking about Team India, two of its three experienced players, 35-year-old Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja, have not lived up to expectations in the group stage. Kohli has scored a total of 5 runs in three matches while Jaddu's account of runs and wickets is yet to be opened. 37-year-old Rohit Sharma's performance has also not reached the heights yet. After scoring an unbeaten 52 runs in the first match against Ireland, he has been able to score only 13 and 3 runs in the next two innings. Fans are expecting a good performance from these star players in the Super 8 round. (*Statistics up to group matches)

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