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ICC World T20 2022 – 5 of the OLDEST players to play in the upcoming tournament

It has been widely assumed that youthful players would dominate T20 cricket since its beginning. It’s a common misconception that children are the ones that aren’t scared to take chances in any scenario. However, as things are, youths aren’t the only ones lighting up the stage in T20 cricket. There is a group of players who, despite being in their mid-30s, are dominating the format and writing history every day.

‘Aging like excellent wine,’ is arguably the best way to describe these cricketers. Playing in a World Cup is a great accomplishment in and of itself, and it comes with regular performances. When you are towards the end of your career and still make the World Cup team, it says volumes about your skill, and age becomes immaterial.

Today, we will talk about 5 of the OLDEST players that will be competing in the forthcoming competition.

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Number 1. David Warner (Australia)

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David Warner, 35 years and 329 days old, will be the oldest player in the Australian squad at the T20 World Cup. However, Warner’s age has nothing to do with the amount of damage he can cause in any game style. Because of his devastating hitting, the southpaw was named Player of the Tournament in the most recent T20 World Cup (2021), and he has only become better since then.

The swashbuckling opener has played 91 T20Is so far and shows no signs of slowing down. He has 2684 runs in the format and a strike rate of 140.89, demonstrating the kind of effect he can have at the top of the order. Given that the 2019 T20 World Cup will be held in Australia, Warner may go all out from the first ball.

At the top of the order, he will bat with skipper Aaron Finch. Finch, aged 35 years and 288 days, is the team’s second oldest player. As a result, two of Australia’s oldest players will lead the way as the team attempts to retain its championship.

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Number 2. Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

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Martin Guptill, 35 years and 356 days old, is New Zealand’s oldest player in the 2019 T20 World Cup. That, however, has nothing to do with his abilities on the cricket field. The New Zealander is presently rated 11th on the ICC’s Men T20I player rankings, demonstrating the type of effect he can still have in the game’s shortest format.

His figures in the previous few contests, though, reveal a different narrative. Guptill has only scored 198 runs with a strike rate of 122.22 in his past nine T20 internationals. In total, the opener has appeared in 121 T20Is and scored 3497 runs with a strike rate of 135.80.

He is anticipated to do well in the forthcoming T20 World Cup since he is familiar with the conditions in Australia. He favors ball speed, which Guptill will receive in Australia. As a result, he will get the chance to play the type of cricket that he has been playing for many years, and one can anticipate him to perform well and assist New Zealand win their inaugural T20 World Cup.

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Number 3. Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

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Afghanistan’s captain, Mohammad Nabi, is the oldest player on the team. Nabi, at 37 years and 263 days, is about eight years older than the squad’s second oldest player, Najibullah Zadran, who is 29 years old. Nabi is also the oldest player among the eight teams that have already advanced to the Super 12 level.

Nabi, a seasoned T20I player, has appeared in 101 T20I matches in his career. He has accumulated 1669 runs at a strike rate of 140.37 and 83 wickets in the format. His expertise in over 440 T20 matches can be beneficial to Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup.

Nabi, often known as ‘The President,’ had a very terrible recent Asia Cup performance, which he has to fix.

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Number 4. Moeen Ali (England)

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Moeen Ali, despite being 35 years and 95 days old, is one of England’s most essential players heading into the T20 World Cup. He has the capacity to influence the course of a game with both the bat and the ball in his hands.

Ali has appeared in 56 T20Is for England, scoring 798 runs with a strike rate of 143.52. With his stats, Moeen Ali will undoubtedly be England’s trump card in the 2018 T20 World Cup. With the ball, the off-spinner has 40 wickets for England, but his economy rate of 8.29 is cause for worry.

Ali will be anxious to win the title for his squad this year after England failed to win it the previous year. In the absence of Jos Buttler, he is now guiding England in Pakistan.

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Number 5. Dinesh Karthik (India)

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Dinesh Karthik, the 37-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, is the oldest player on India’s T20 World Cup roster. He and Rohit Sharma are the only Indian players who played in the first T20 World Cup in 2007 and are still alive.

Karthik has appeared in 51 Twenty20 Internationals for India, scoring 598 runs with a strike rate of 139.71. He has been assigned to the Indian squad as a finisher and has performed well so far.

Karthik had a fantastic season with the bat for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022. He scored 330 runs in 16 games with a strike rate of 183.33. He confessed that it was his desire to play in the T20 World Cup 2022, and he will now be able to do so.

In all likelihood, the 2019 T20 World Cup will be Karthik’s last, and he will go all out to win it for his nation.