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Best current ODI XI aged 35 years and above

There is no denying that an experienced player, in most cases will have calmer nerves than a youngster in a soft situation.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings is called ‘Dad’s Army’ as it includes a number of players who are well-aged and some are on the verge of retirement. But with age comes experience and maturity. There is no denying that an experienced player, in most cases will have calmer nerves than a youngster in a soft situation.

Nolan Clarke of Netherlands is the oldest player to play a one-day international. He played his last ODI at the age of 47! While for India no player has played an ODI at more than the age of 40. Mohinder Amarnath was the oldest Indian to play an ODI at 39. In the current set of active cricketers, there are a few who have celebrated their 35th birthday and are nudging the sentimental age of 40 but are still a valuable commodity to the teams they play for.

Here we look at an ODI XI of active players aged 35 and above:

1. Chris Gayle

West Indies’ Chris Gayle appears dejected during the ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match at The Taunton County Ground, Taunton. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Chris Gayle is arguably the most destructive opening batsman walking on god’s green earth. An intangible terror exists in the opposition camp till he is on the crease, and a sigh of relief as soon he is dismissed. Gayle has asserted his dominance all around the globe with his batting pyrotechnics. Even at the age of 40, ‘Gaylestorm’ is as big a threat as any.

Gayle last played an international one-day in August last year against India, after the World Cup. The left-hander announced his retirement from ODIs stating the World Cup would be his last ODI series. But Chris Gayle does what Chris Gayle wants to. He rescinded his retirement and played another ODI series after the World Cup against India at home.

“I didn’t announce any retirement”, the Universe Boss laughingly dismissed all the scepticisms. The southpaw has had an illustrious ODI career spanning almost two decades. He is West Indies’ highest run-scorer in ODI cricket, scoring 10480 runs in 300 matches, smacking a total of 331 sixes.

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