T20 might be the shortest format of cricket but it certainly doesn’t have any age bar. We have seen greats like Sanath Jayasurya and Shane Warne walk down the ground. They never looked less threatening than the younger generation. In fact, seeing them smack the ball towards the boundary make the game even more exciting.
Here is a list of top 10 veterans who will be playing a key role for their teams in the upcoming edition of IPL.
Zaheer Khan (Delhi Daredevils)
He has been one of India’s most successful bowlers of all times. No Indian bowler has commanded the white new ball more than him. The 38-year-old might open the bowling for Delhi, as he has done in the past. He plays a key role in restricting the run flow while taking the occasional wickets.
Yuvraj Singh (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
He is the most expensive IPL player of all time. Yuvraj Singh has made a comeback to the limited overs side of the national team. He was a part of the Hyderabad team last year which went on to win their maiden IPL title. He has played phenomenally well for Kings XI Punjab in during the earlier seasons. He has also been instrumental with the ball, picking up crucial wickets. At 35, he still has the ability to hit the ball to the fence.
Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians)
He was once the spearhead of the Indian bowling. He has been playing for Mumbai Indians since the inception of IPL. He has been a consistent performer for the team and was the go-to person when the team wanted to pick wickets. At 36, he continues to be a regular in the Mumbai Indians side. He definitely is one of the bowlers to watch out for the upcoming season. It is always entertaining to watch Harbhajan Singh, whether it is on the pitch or off the pitch.
Amit Mishra (Delhi Daredevils)
The leg-spinner surely knows how to trouble the batsmen. It could be easy to hit him for a boundary, and it is equally easy to lose your wicket to him as well. He has a knack of picking crucial wickets. At 34, Mishra should be a regular in the team throughout the season. Under the guidance of the great Zaheer Khan, Mishra may even be able to become the leading wicket-taker of the season.
Mitchell Johnson (Mumbai Indians)
Having retired from international cricket, Mitchell Johnson is concentrating only on the shortest format of the game. At 35, he has made a come back to the Mumbai Indians side after playing 3 editions for Kings XI Punjab. Johnson played a crucial role for Mumbai Indians for their win for the 2014 IPL edition. He is an extremely useful bowler to have in your side, especially for the death overs.
Pravin Tambe (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
A few seasons back the 45-year-old got a chance to play under the legendary Shane Warne. I am sure, he would have picked up a trick or 2 from Shane Warne. Tambe has always troubled the batsmen with the ball. He adds extra depth to the batting line-up as well. With the way he is going, age appears to be just a number for him.
Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
A lot can be said about Chris Gayle. He holds a number of T20 records, including the most number of 6s hit by any player. In the previous edition, his performance had been overshadowed by the consistency of Virat Kohli. Gayle had under-performed in the initial few IPL editions. He has been a run machine, ever since he made a move to RCB. At 36, he continues to be one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.
Suresh Raina (Gujarat Lions)
He is one of the best finishers in the game. He is also the leading run-scorer in IPL history. He has scored 4,098 runs for CSK and Gujarat Lions combined in 147 matches. Like Dhoni, he likes to finish the game in style. He is only 30 years old and has a lot to prove. Currently, he is concentrating only on domestic cricket, which could boost his performance in IPL.
Gautam Gambhir (KKR)
He continues to lead the KKR side. He has already helped the KKR side lift the IPL trophy once. He has been consistent with the bat scoring the most number of the 50s in the IPL. He would surely be a batsman that every time team would want to have. The KKR team relies on the consistency of the 35-year-old in this season as well.
M.S. Dhoni (Rising Pune Supergiants)
The former Indian captain hasn’t had any huge knock in the IPL. He has recently stepped down from the captaincy from both the national as well as the IPL side. He has an average of about 40 in IPL and has been one of the most successful captains both in international cricket as well as in the IPL. The 35-year-old would be eyeing yet another cracker of a season before he ends his career.