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IPL 2020: Team-wise oldest and youngest players

The franchises have equipped themselves with many match-winning players ahead of IPL 2020.

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Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: IANS)

The extravaganza of Indian Premier League returns with its 13th edition as eight franchises battle it out in the middle for the ultimate prize- the IPL trophy. The IPL 2020 Auction notched up the excitement as many eminent names were snapped up by the franchises before the much-anticipated tournament kicks off in March.

The franchises have equipped themselves with many match-winning players ahead of IPL 2020. Be it a young prospect battling it out for recognition or a veteran plying his trade in the cash-rich league- IPL hosts a platform for players of every age bracket. Most franchises are often seen investing a hefty sum on young prospects. However, franchises don’t shy away from splurging a hefty amount on veterans who can bolster the squad with their valuable experience.

In the IPL 2020 Auction, Pravin Tambe emerged as the oldest players to embrace the league after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) purchased him at his base price of INR 20 lakhs. However, the leg-spinner won’t be able to take part in the upcoming edition of the league. Last year, he participated in the Abu Dhabi T10 League and hence, violated BCCI’s regulations.

With the initiation of IPL 2020 drawing closer with every passing day, here’s the team-wise list of oldest and youngest players for IPL 2020:

1. Mumbai Indians

Oldest- Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians in action
Lasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians in action. (Photo: Twitter)

Unconventional bowling action and precise usage of yorkers are the two traits which define Lasith Malinga as a player. The 36-year-old might be on the verge of culmination of his illustrious international career. However, the pacer has the potential to turn the course of any match with his lethal yorkers and experience to bowl in death overs.

Malinga’s ability to generate pace with his round-arm action makes him stand apart from other bowlers. Moreover, he has the potential to generate the pace with his unorthodox action. Over the years, Malinga has emerged as the flagbearer of Mumbai Indians’ bowling force along with Jasprit Bumrah.

In his IPL career, the ‘Slinga’ has scalped 170 wickets in 122 matches including 6 four-wicket hauls. Malinga will be heading Mumbai’s bowling force along with the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan.

Youngest- Rahul Chahar

Rahul Chahar (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Amid the brilliance of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in international cricket, Rahul Chahar- a young prolific spinner is also rising up the ranks through his performances across the domestic circuit. After the emergence of his brother Deepak Chahar on the international scene, Rahul is also labelled to be the next big thing due to his wrist-spinning ability.

One aspect which Mumbai Indians undoubtedly need to improve is their spin bowling attack. Chahar will be partnering Krunal Pandya in the upcoming season and the Rohit Sharma-led side will be looking forward to banking on the youngster’s ability.

The leg-spinner has the tricks in his armoury and considers Shane Warne as his idol. Chahar might emerge as a surprise package for the defending champions and wreak havoc on the opposition batting force. In 16 First-class matches, Chahar has scalped 64 wickets including six five-wicket hauls.

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