The 15th season of the IPL will begin on March 26. The first match will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). T20 cricket is said to be a format for young players, but there are numerous examples that show that even older players have the ability to quickly spread the flames of cricket.
This time, there will be far too many such players in the tournament, all of whom are over 35 years old. Let us tell you about the five players aged 35 and up who can make an impact in the IPL 5.
Shikhar Dhawan, the 36-year-old Indian opener, has been in sensational form for the last three IPL seasons. In each of the last three seasons, his bat has produced 500 or more runs. Gabbar scored 521 runs in 16 games in the 2019 IPL season, 618 runs in 17 games in the 2020 season, and 587 runs in 16 games in the IPL 2021 season. This time, he has every intention of making a splash with his bat. He tries to go to the gym once or twice a week and do two or three cardio sessions. He goes to the gym three times a week for weight training and two times a week for cardio. He enjoys powerlifting as well.
This time, Shikhar Dhawan will be seen playing for the Punjab Kings, a new team. Dhawan is out of the Indian team’s T20 setup, but he can regain the selectors’ trust by playing big innings in the IPL this season. Shikhar Dhawan’s absence in Team India was palpable during last year’s T20 World Cup.
This year’s T20 World Cup will also be held in Australia. In such a situation, Dhawan would prefer to make a stronger case for himself by performing better.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings, is the second name on the list. Dhoni is 40 years old, but he is still considered one of the world’s fittest players. Dhoni is a big fan of home-cooked meals. They avoid eating fatty foods. Dhoni stays in shape by doing squats. There is no one in the tournament who is as agile as Dhoni as a wicketkeeper. He has been a flop as a batsman for the past two seasons.
Dhoni has not seen any 50+ scores with the bat for the last two seasons, but this time he can do wonders with the bat. The majority of CSK’s league matches will be held in Mumbai, where Dhoni’s bat is always heard. At Wankhede Stadium, he scored 287 runs in 18 innings at a strike rate of 115.73, and 81 runs in three innings at DY Patil Stadium at a strike rate of 126.56.
In 18 innings at the MCA Stadium in Pune, he has scored 492 runs at a strike rate of 141.79 and an average of 61.50. In such a scenario, Dhoni’s fans’ dream of seeing him rain runs this season could come true.
Dwayne Bravo, a Caribbean all-rounder, is also 38 years old but still dominates in quick cricket. This season, Bravo will also be seen playing for the Chennai Super Kings. The team paid 4.40 crores for him in the mega auction. He was instrumental in Chennai Super Kings winning their fourth IPL title in 2021. Bravo is a talented DJ and dancer. He maintains his fitness through this method.
Bravo had a total of 14 wickets in 11 games. DJ Bravo is making a name for himself in T20 leagues around the world after retiring from international cricket. Chennai fans will be expecting a strong performance from him this season as well. Bravo is known for a low run rate in the death overs and can bat well in the lower order.
Faf Du Plessis
This time around, Faf du Plessis will be captaining Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team paid 7 crores for him. Faf is also 37 years old, but he still fits in this format perfectly. He was most recently seen playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), where he scored 295 runs at an average of 37 in 11 matches. Faf enjoys going to the gym. Hours of daily workouts are the key to his fit body.
Du Plessis scored 633 runs in 16 matches for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL last year, an average of 45.21, and finished second in terms of most runs. Based on his recent performance, he is expected to have a big innings this time.
Mohammad Nabi, a former Afghanistan captain, will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL-15. KKR paid Rs 1 crore for him. Even though the prophet is 37 years old, he is still very quick. Nabi is also well-known for his batting and bowling abilities. Nabi is a firm believer in putting in long hours at the gym. He trains every day, even on match days.
He has recently made a lot of noise in T20 leagues around the world with the ball and bat. Nabi is a seasoned player who has the potential to be a game-changer for Kolkata.