ICC World Cup 2019: The Oldest Player from Each Team
With the mega Indian Premier League lining up for the finals, the craze for the next gala event has doubled in folds. All the ten teams have announced their respective squads for the ICC World Cup 2019. And now everyone is just buckling up their shoes waiting for the grand show to unfold in the UK.
And, meanwhile, the fans are excited, the teams are trying their level best to get a perfect balance. Almost every team seems to have a form where they have infused experience and youth. Where the young players will be providing speed, the veterans will be all about strength.
The fitness chart of players has changed over the past few years. Even the 35-years or 45-years-old cricketers are in good shape. They have been performing excellently in the limited-overs game which is supposedly the young man’s game. Especially, players like MSDhoni or Chris Gayle makes it seem that age will never be the criteria for the World Cup.
Hence, here is the list of oldest players from each of the ten teams participating in the World Cup.
The Oldest Player From Each Team:
Sri Lanka – Jeevan Mendis (Age: 36 years):
The Sri Lankan all-rounder’s inclusion in the World Cup squad had been surprising for everyone. The last ODI he had played for Sri Lanka was in the year of 2015. But on the basis of his few performances in the domestic ODI tournament had led him straight to the WC squad.
Mendis had played 54 matches in his ODI career scoring 604 runs at a strike rate of 85.07 and had bagged 28 wickets at an economy of 5.09.
Bangladesh – Mashrafe Mortaza(Age: 35 years):
In the World Cup 2015, Mashrafe Mortaza led the team as a captain to the quarter-finals where they lost to India by 109 runs. Once again the skipper will lead his team in the World Cup 2019.
Mortaza started off his career with pace and aggression which over the years dissipated to accuracy In his 205 ODI career, Mortaza had picked 259 wickets conceding 4.81 runs in an over.
Afghanistan – Mohammad Nabi (Age: 34 years):
The gully cricketer who rose to the standards of a pro is the safe house of Afghanistan. He had been with the team since 2009 anchoring it to the shore of world-class game.
The Afghan is the bowling all-rounder and is a perfect player for the team. With his balanced economical bowling, Nabi has punched the air out of almost all the batsmen of the world. And this just not with his balls here, he has the capability to earn some good scores for his team. This is one of the many reasons why he is chosen for most leagues.
Thus, his experience of playing in different T20 leagues and with different teams will definitely help him in the World Cup. In 111 ODIs of his career, he had taken 118 wickets with a score of 2579 runs to his name.
Pakistan – Mohammad Hafeez(Age: 38 years):
Pakistan all-rounder has played in all the formats of cricket. He started off his career after the disastrous defeat of Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup. Hafeez has batted at every position of the team throughout his long career of the game. This time in the world cup he will be playing in the middle order even though he wishes to be the opener.
Though not much successful with the ball, Hafeez will be the silver lining for the team as they have fragile batting order. In his long career, Hafeez had played 208 ODIs with s score of 6302 runs on his name.
New Zealand – Ross Taylor(Age: 35 years):
The Kiwi star playing his 4th World Cup this year has been the backbone of his team with his consistent outstanding performance. Batting for more than a decade now, Taylor is the vital cog of the Kiwi batting line up. He, thus, is going to be a crucial player for the team in this world cup as well.
The senior batter has amassed 8021 runs in 218 ODIs he has played so far, whereas, he averaged 91.29 in the 11 ODIs he played last year. Even his start in the year 2019 has begun with a bang, whacking 593 runs at an outstanding average of 74.13.
England – Liam Plunkett(Age: 34 years):
The spearhead pacer Liam Plunkett burst through the team with his debut against Pakistan in 2005. The English pacer had faced many ups and downs in his life that ended up affecting his career. Even though he did try making a comeback, he just could not really get into his aggressive form for the team.
Though Plunkett has been with the team since 2015, this world cup is going to be a big stage for him, especially with the young talent popping up to challenge him in future.
Australia – Shaun Marsh(Age: 35 years):
The free-flowing stroke maker Shaun Marsh is incredibly talented but inconsistent in his performance, has made things look difficult for him.
Thus resulting in him being on and off the Kangaroo team.
However, the ban on Steve Smith and David Warner and his performance in the Test matches over the last few years has garnered his way to the regular side of the team.
The Southpaw has been doing well in the ODIs as well till his below-par series against India. Then his chances of finally appearing for his 1st world cup in 11 years of career blurred. But then again he played some solid game against Pakistan and sealed his place in his first WC squad.
South Africa – Imran Tahir(Age: 40 years):
The leg-break bowler will be playing his third and the last World Cup for South Africa. The Proteas cricketer introduced himself in the cricket world as a nomad, changing teams constantly. Starting from Pakistan, Tahir finally found his home in South Africa in 2010 during a home series against England though he was able to join them after he got his citizenship in 2011.
Ever since then the Pakistan-born spinner has been South Africa’s arguably best bowler, especially in the limited overs game.
In the 2015 World Cup, Tahir ended up picking 15 scalps at an average of 20.46, the joint highest by a spinner of the tournament. This year during his IPL matches, Tahir announced his retirement from ODIs after this World Cup. Tahir is the oldest player in the tournament of all the ten teams.
West Indies – Chris Gayle(Age: 39 years):
The Universe Boss, despite being 39, has been smashing bowlers for nearly two decades. With 215 runs, he is also the sixth highest ODI individual scorer in the world.
Earlier, this year in February during a series against England, he made his 10,000th score and his 25th century in ODIs.
Because of his mediocre performance in the past few years, everyone forecasted his career coming to the near end. But the Universe Boss had different plans. Gayle single-handedly whooshed the English players off the field in the ODI series at home. Then his performance in the 12th season of IPL deemed him to be as one of the most attractive stars at the World Cup.
India – MS Dhoni(Age: 37 years):
Indian squad is laced with the likes of aggressive skipper Virat Kohli, solid opener Rohit Sharma, as well as witty Yuzvendra Chahal. Yet all eyes will be pinned on the one and only shrewd cricketer and former Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The 37 years old veteran is one of the fittest players in world cricket. Mahi, who is quirky behind the wickets, has been questioned for his finishers skills continuously. But then again, Dhoni had responded with his performances during the last few months for Team India. Dhoni is the backbone for the skipper Kohli for his experience and sharp-wittedness in the game.
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