Being age is no longer a problem nowadays as we have got IPL as a perfect healing option. It is the glowing cricketing equivalent, the Indian Premier League which has simply steered past the intense pulsed light cosmetic procedure so common in the beauty industry. With the advent of the nascent days of T20 spectacle, this particular league has been cropped up as a heaven for all those whoever is on his attempt of smoothing the wrinkles of a post-retirement life. This venture has also made a way for all those simply hoping to revive sagging mid-career fortunes with a booster shot of cricketing glory.
This year this so-called trend somehow immersed in a bit of slump in its motion, either because of the twilight of all the available cricketers or a mere deliberate inclination from respective franchises towards the fresh legs.
CSK with their old school reliances;
But CSK this year have shown their reliance on their so-called veterans. They have a simple logic over the selection; the T20 game is a short one, hence players those are high on skill and performance but low on youthful energy is always worthy of a call in this format as the game would be run on their mere experience only. They can easily strike out the age factor when it comes to performance.
CSK throughout the years has smartly envisaged the alignment of their batting front. In the past three IPL, they had kept their average age of the top 10 batting performance on an inclining tone which sort of resulted in their unbreakable consistency.
Yearwise Scenario of IPL;
The year of 2015 witnessed the average age of the top-10 batsmen to be 28.50, including Chris Gayle being on that list is the oldest at 35 and Ajinkya Rahane being the youngest then at 26. So, all in all, it means all 10 batsmen were above 25. Four were above 30.
In the year 2016, the average age of the top-10 stood 29.10, among them only three seemed to be above 30, and one was below 25 (Quinton de Kock, 23 during that time). And that led this premier to introduce a large concentration of cricketers in the 27-34 age group when a batsman is in his prime.
Last season the average age of the top-10 grew a bit up than that of 2016. It was around 30.30, with seven batsmen above 30 in the list. The oldest was Gautam Gambhir at 35, the youngest Rahul Tripathi at 26. Though it doesn’t really indicate that the seniority is the only way to guarantee success and the other franchises have mistaken in banking on youth. On a similar note, the peek of top 10 bowlers have been witnessing a shrink during the time span, from 28.80 in 2015 to 26.60 in 2017.
Also, the average age of the worst batting performers is too rising in its ascendance. The top ten batting performers having the average age of 30.4 directly from 28.7 in 2016. Hence showing continuous reliance on senior players could call for a risk.
Hence to get rid of the situation it is mandatory to pick highest, fittest young cricketers who can even stretch their cricketing onslaught into their 30s. And if you are really picking up seniors then picking the ones with the best international records would be lucrative.
This year auction has kind of thrown a glimpse towards the change of preference of franchises as they more likely opted for younger players. That means they spent more on inexperienced fresh legs rather than skilled and proven aged ones. But at the end victory is something that will prevail your selection so far. In the middle of IPL 2018, it would be very hard to comment on this. Let’s see how it pans out in the near future.