Cricket has witnessed several changes in the recent couple of years, earlier, there were no such variations and transformations in the game. Only two formats were in the practice including the traditional Test cricket and the newly introduced format in the second half of the 20th century, ODI cricket.
Whereas, in the recent few years or we can say from the last one and a half decades, T20 and T10 are the two formats that have brought an evolution in the game. The fans have seen the peak of the potential in players due to the formats of reduced overs. The franchise leagues and several tournaments have also given a stage to the veteran players to continue their careers even after their retirement from international cricket.
The list of former veterans appearing in these shorter formats includes the likes of Pravin Tambe, Imran Tahir, and former Pakistani skipper Shoaib Malik. All these legends have even grown more with their increasing age.
So, here we’ll have a look at five veterans who had made their debut in international cricket even before the birth of their younger teammates with whom they have played recently.
Chris Gayle – 1999 (Debut)
League – PSL, Team – Quetta Gladiators, Teammate – Naseem Shah (Born in 2003)
One of the most celebrated Caribbean cricketers who ever played the game, Chris Gayle kept entertaining fans with his brilliant batting displays throughout his entire career. He has appeared in 413 T20 games till now, in these matches, Universe Boss has scored 13,691 runs. He is also considered the all-time great in the shortest format.
Gayle made his first appearance for West Indies in international cricket against India in a match in Canada’s Toronto. He played for the Quetta Gladiators of PSL back in the year of 2021. Notably, he was a part of the XI in which an 18-year-old Pakistani lad Naseem Shah was also included. Quetta was playing this match against Karachi.
Shah opened his eyes to this world on the 15th of February 2003. So Gayle had already an experience of four years when the young pacer was even born.