Best over 35 XI of the currently active international cricketers
Published - Jul 24, 2016 11:34 am | Updated - Oct 4, 2016 12:58 pm
It was earlier said that Twenty20 cricket is for the youngsters but over the years we have seen a lot of senior and retired cricketers turn things around in the format. And it has actually emerged as a blessing for older players helping them extend their careers.
This XI, comprising of players over 35 with an abundance of experience, skill and consistency, can worthily challenge the best teams and shatter the myth of youth over experience, at least in T20 cricket.
Consisting of 5 batsmen, 2 all-rounders, 2 spinners and 2 pacers from 5 nations, the team combination is a settled one. It has all its bases covered with a mix of aggression and assurance. Do you fancy a team that could beat this one?
1. Chris Gayle:
Arguably the best T20 player ever, the 36-year-old is an obvious choice. With an average of over 42, Chris Gayle is the leading run-scorer in the format with over 9000 runs at an unreal strike rate of 150.9. He has actually got better with age, with his 12-ball 50 coming last year and his 175 at 34 he has also slammed 2 centuries this year by far.
Gayle also has the most fifties- 59 along with the most hundreds- 18, which makes him head and shoulders above the rest. Although not evident, he is more than useful with the ball with an economy of 7.5 and 75 wickets, bowling tight line and uncanny variations.
He is probably the most influential batsman of the team and if he bats more than 10 overs, Gayle is bound to pile agony on the opposition and essentially ensure victory for this team with his murderous hitting capabilities.