Twenty20 a young man's game? Don’t bet on it. Going by what we have seen in the just-concluded Champions League, the golden oldies are reveling in cricket's newest and shortest format and matching the feats performed by the younger players. PARTAB RAMCHAND
looks at eight cricketers - all in their late 30s or early 40s - who caught the eye during the tournament with their batting, bowling and leadership skills:Mike Hussey (Chennai Super Kings, 38):
He may have retired from international cricket but Hussey is still regaling audiences the world over in T-20 with his unique skill of keeping the scoreboard moving.
Unique because while he is not exactly a Gilchrist or a Gayle, Hussey has proved that it is not only the big hits that carry the day in Twenty20 cricket. Timing and placement, singles and twos are also important but then Hussey is not averse to playing the lofted shots with an uncanny ability that a strike rate of over 136 in this format of the game illustrates.
In the Champions League, he displayed an agility that belied his age – particularly in running between wickets - and he was no slouch when it came to run making. With 137 runs from five innings, he was second only to Suresh Raina starring in CSK’s run that saw them make the semifinals.