IPL 2020: Five oldest players in the auction

IPL 2020: Five oldest players in the auction

Over the years, franchise cricket has entertained all the players, regardless of what age group they belong to.

Yusuf Pathan IPL 2016
Yusuf Pathan (Photo Source: IANS)

It is the Indian Premier League that generates the maximum amount of excitement over any other cricketing league in the world. Every auction held ahead of the T20 carnival keeps the millions and billions of fans at the edge of their seats. Similar to all the auctions, the upcoming event commencing on the 19th of December may also likely live up to its hype. The list of the players to go under the hammer have already been released, and all the franchises may already have a blueprint of who all to go after.

Over the years, franchise cricket has entertained all the players, regardless of what age group they belong to. Much like how young blood is required to thrive in such an exhilarating format of cricket, a team also needs a blend of experience to go with it.

Furthermore, the amount of talent, dedication, and commitment on any day triumph the age of a player. The list for the forthcoming auction of the IPL contains a handful of players who are older than most, but who may also attract mighty bids due to their exploits.

We take a look at five of the oldest players in the upcoming auction:

Jeevan Mendis

Jeevan Mendis (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Jeevan Mendis is one of the few players that many may not remember was part of Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the year 2013. His signing came on the back of his whirlwind knock in the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. Along with an offer from Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, the Sri Lankan all-rounder also found a taker in Sydney Sixers from the Big Bash League that year.

The veteran made his debut for Sri Lanka back in the year 2011 but has played less than 100 games across formats for the national team. The emergence of all-rounders like Thissara Perera, Angelo Mathews, and Seekkuge Prasanna dented his chances of establishing a regular spot. He last played for Sri Lanka in 2018 against Bangladesh in a T20 international.

The Colombo-born all-rounder’s age is currently 36 years and 334 days. Having played only three games in his previous stint with the T20 league and making no glaring impact, he is unlikely to find any bidders. He has set his base price at INR 50 lakh.