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Some are fast in scoring runs, some are ‘miserly’ and some…, ‘elderly’ cricketers shine in T20 WC

New Delhi. There is a general belief that T20 cricket suits energetic young players more. The reason for this is that this format is played at a very fast pace, which requires tremendous fitness and reflexes for running between the wickets and fielding. To some extent this is true, but older players with sports skills have also achieved success in this format. In the group matches of T20 World Cup 2024, some older players have also managed to shine amid the strong performances of youngsters like Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nicholas Pooran, Fazalhaq Farooqui, Arshdeep Singh and Tanjim Hasan Shakib.

Many of these ‘elderly’ players will also be seen playing in the Super 8 round of the tournament. The older players who have made a special impact with their game in the current World Cup include Australia’s David Warner, New Zealand’s Tim Southee, Scotland’s Tim Barrington, West Indies’ Andre Russell and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Out of these, the teams of Warner, Shakib and Russell have made it to the last eight.

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Warner has the highest strike rate in the innings
37-year-old David Warner is playing for the last time in the T20 World Cup 2024. Warner, who has retired from Test and ODI formats, will say goodbye to international cricket completely after this tournament. In such a situation, he/she is leaving no stone unturned to make his/her last tournament memorable. Left-handed batsman Warner keeps the scoreboard moving by playing aggressive shots. he/she has the highest strike rate in an innings in the current tournament. In the group match against England, Warner played a blistering innings of 39 runs (strike rate 243.75) in just 16 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes. This is the highest strike rate of an innings of this edition. Warner’s batting performance in the tournament has also been good, he/she has so far scored 116 runs in four matches at an average of 29 and a strike rate of 146.83, which includes a half-century.

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If Warner is effective in batting, then in bowling, New Zealand’s Tim Southee made an impression by bowling the most economical in the group matches. Unfortunately, Southee will not be seen in the further matches of the tournament because the Kiwi team could not reach the Super 8. In the three matches of the group stage, Southee took 7 wickets for 36 runs in his/her quota of 12 overs, keeping one maiden. his/her strike rate was 3.00. Southee was not part of the playing XI in the initial match of the New Zealand team against Afghanistan. New Zealand’s Indian-origin player Rachin Ravindra also has a strike rate of 3.00 like Southee, but he/she has bowled only 3 overs in three matches. Rachin took two wickets for 9 runs in three overs.

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43 year old Subuga’s record was broken in 12 days, 33 year old Ferguson broke it

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The record of the best economy in an innings in the T20 World Cup was made by 43-year-old off-break bowler Frank Subuga of Uganda on 17 June. In the match against Papua New Guinea, he/she took 2 wickets for 4 runs (economy 2.00) in four overs while bowling two maidens. However, Subuga’s record of the best economy in an innings was broken in just 12 days. 33-year-old Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand took three wickets in the match against Papua New Guinea while bowling all four overs of his/her quota maiden (economy 0.00). This is the best economy spell of the T20 World Cup so far.

Berrington is second in batting average
In this group of aging players, Scotland’s Richie Berrington’s batting did not receive much praise but his/her contribution has also not been less. The reason for this was Scotland not being a full member of the ICC and its cricket not getting much attention. 37-year-old Berrington scored 102 runs (average 102.00) in three innings of 4 matches, remaining unbeaten twice. In terms of batting average in the group round, Berrington was second after America’s Aaron Jones (141.00). In 18 matches of four T20 World Cups, Berrington has scored 389 runs at an average of 32.41. The Scotland team could not make it to the Super.

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Bolt, Shakib and Russell are also shining

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New Zealand’s Trent Boult, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and West Indies’ Andre Russell have also performed well in the tournament and proved that age is just a number. 34-year-old left-arm bowler Bolt has announced his/her retirement after this World Cup. he/she bid farewell to international cricket by taking 9 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 6.55 and economy of 3.68. 37-year-old Shakib, who has been a part of the T20 World Cup since 2007, has scored 92 runs in 4 matches this time at an average of 30.66, which includes one half-century. During this, he/she has also taken 2 wickets. Similarly, 36-year-old Andre Russell of the host West Indies team has remained unbeaten thrice in four matches and has scored only 62 runs at an average of 62 and has taken 5 wickets at an average of 14.00.

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Talking about Team India, two of its three experienced players, 35-year-old Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja, have not been able to live up to expectations in the group stage. Kohli has scored a total of 5 runs in three matches while Jaddu’s account of runs and wickets is yet to be opened. 37-year-old Rohit Sharma’s performance has also not reached the heights yet. After scoring an unbeaten 52 runs in the first match against Ireland, he/she has been able to score only 13 and 3 runs in the next two innings. Fans are expecting a good performance from these star players in the Super 8 round. (*Statistics up to group matches)

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