T20 World Cup 2022: Team-wise oldest players to feature in mega event
The T20 World Cup 2022 will see numerous players, who are already in the twilight of their careers fighting it out for the silverware.
Since the inception of T20 cricket, it has been propagated that youngsters will dominate the format. It is a popular belief that youngsters, after all, are the ones who aren't afraid to take risks regardless of situations. However, as things stand, youngsters aren't the only ones, who are setting the stage on fire in T20 cricket. There are a set of players, who even in their mid 30s are dominating the format and scripting history every single day.
'Ageing like a fine wine' - It is probably the right phrase to describe these cricketers. Playing in a World Cup itself is a huge achievement and it comes with consistent performances. When you are in the twilight of your career and still manage to make it to a World Cup squad then that speaks volumes about your ability and age just becomes meaningless.
Let's take a glance at the team-wise oldest players, who will be seen in action in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia:
Team-wise oldest players in T20 World Cup 2022
Aged 35 years and 356 days, Martin Guptill is the oldest player for New Zealand in the upcoming T20 World Cup. That, however, has nothing to do with what he can do on a cricket pitch. The Kiwi is currently ranked 11th on ICC’s Men T20I player rankings and it proves the kind of impact he can still create in the shortest format of the game.
However, his numbers in the last few matches tell a different story. In his last nine T20 internationals, Guptill has only scored 198 runs at a strike rate of 122.22. Overall, the opener has played a total of 121 T20I matches and scored 3497 runs at a strike rate of 135.80.
He is expected to do well in the upcoming T20 World Cup as the conditions in Australia aren't alien to him. He prefers pace on the ball and in Australia, Guptill will get that. Thus, he will get the opportunity to play the brand of cricket that he has played for so many years and with that, one should expect him to do well and help New Zealand win their maiden T20 World Cup.