T20 cricket has been the most preferred format for the veterans with the age factor and they still have been performing for various teams in global tournaments. These legendary players have shown that age is just a number and are still looking to keep contributing to their teams in big tournaments.
It involves a lot of pressure to sustain for any player with the ageing factor as a big drawback. It is time to look at the best XI of T20 veterans that can beat any team in the world.
Best XI Of T20 Veterans That Can Beat Any Team In The World
Chris Gayle is one of the legends of the shortest format and he has been involved in a lot of records already. Gayle is still playing international cricket for West Indies at the age of 41 and the opener is set to be part of the T20 world cup this year. He has scored nearly 19,000 runs in international cricket and has been a regular feature in franchise cricket all over the world.
Faf Du Plessis:
Faf Du Plessis has recently retired from test cricket and was keen to concentrate on the limited-overs format for South Africa. He is still in plans of the T20 Worldcup for South Africa and the 36-year-old was in excellent form in the IPL recently for the Chennai Super Kings at the top of the order. He has a lot of experience in the format playing for various franchises.
Mohammad Hafeez has been playing international cricket for Pakistan at the age of 40 still and he is back in the plans for T20 Worldcup this year. He has scored nearly 12,000 runs in international cricket so far and is playing franchise cricket all over the world. The right-hander can play the role of a number three perfectly and the veteran is one of the clean strikers of the cricket ball.
AB De Villiers:
AB De Villiers is one of the best batsmen to have played the game in the modern era in all the formats and the South African has retired from international cricket three years back. The 37-year-old has scored nearly 19,000 runs in international cricket and he was in excellent form for Royal Challengers Bangalore in this IPL He still looks fit and ready to play cricket at any stage and will be playing franchise cricket in the coming years.
Shoaib Malik is one of the most experienced T20 players going around and is expected to be part of the T20 Worldcup squad for Pakistan. He picks the gap on most occasions and has won a lot of titles for various teams in his T20 career. He can be destructive in the middle order and he will be very handy if he gets picked up in the national squad. He can also contribute with some handy off-spin too.
MS Dhoni has been India’s greatest match-winner in limited-overs cricket and having retired from international cricket, he has been playing just the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings team. Dhoni is one of the quickest between the wickets and his wicket-keeping skills is something that has been astonishing. The captain cool can still lead a side to victory and he should captain the side.
Mohammad Nabi should be the all-rounder in the side with the finishing duties down the order and the veteran from Afghanistan has been playing a lot of T20 cricket for various teams. The 36-year-old is an excellent off-spinner who varies his speeds and is very effective in shorter formats. He can bowl with the new ball and is more than a handy batsman. He will be a key player for Afghanistan in the T20 Worldcup.
Dan Christian is another veteran all-rounder who has had a lot of experience in playing the shorter formats. The right-hander from Australia is a big hitter and can be used as a floater in the batting order while he can also be very lethal with the ball. He possesses a lot of variations and mixes stuff while bowling making it hard for the batsman to read. He can still make it to the T20 Worldcup squad for the Australian team.
Shahid Afridi was an excellent T20 player as he was effective with his leg-spin and is very handy with the bat. Afridi has been playing in the Pakistan Super League at the age of 46 for the Multan Sultans and he has scored more than 10,000 runs in international cricket alongside picking nearly 540 wickets. He is still a great asset to the team with his precise lengths and lines while bowling.
Fidel Edwards has returned to international action for the West Indies team after his contract was over with Hampshire in the Kolpak deal. The 39-year pace bowler is one of the quickest in the world and he can hit the toe-crushing yorkers as well. Edwards has a lot of experience in T20 cricket and he is going to be a key bowler for his nation in the T20 Worldcup.
Dale Steyn was one of the greatest bowlers of the modern generation and he had a great career for South Africa in all formats. Often called “the speed gun”, Steyn has been playing in T20 cricket for various teams, and he did play in the IPL 2020 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he can still be a match-winner for any side. He might make a comeback for the 2022 IPL with the mega auction coming up.
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