Age is only a quantity, they are saying. And Indian leg-spinner Pravin Tambe is proving it proper. The 48-year-old turned the primary Indian to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Wednesday when he made his debut for Trinbago Knight Riders.
Pravin Tambe changed an injured Sunil Narine in the Kieron Pollard-led Knight Riders staff which took on Daren Sammy’s St Lucia Zouks in the 13th match of CPL 2020. Tambe needed to heat the benches in the primary three matches of the Knight Riders however bought a chance to create historical past on Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago.
Tambe made his debut memorable by picking up a wicket as early as his first over. Tambe bowled a flawed’un and despatched again Afghanistan batsman Najibullah Zadran after he was launched into the assault in the 11th over.
Tambe got here up together with his trademark celebration gesture as he appeared up and thanked his fortunate stars. “Got his man. Lovely salute and celebrations from the old boy,” quipped Danny Morrison on air.
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Tambe bowled only one over in which he gave away 15 runs earlier than rain halted play in the 18th over of St Lucia Zouks innings.
Misses IPL however grabs CPL ticket in 2020
Tambe, who has performed solely 2 first-class and 6 List A matches, signed up for the CPL draft and was picked up by Trinbago Knight Riders. Knight Riders’ CEO Venky Mysore congratulated the Indian leg-spinner after he made his debut.
Tambe is technically the primary Indian to play in the CPL as former U-19 India participant Sunny Sohal performed in CPL 2018 for Barbados Tridents. However, he had registered as a US nationwide.
Notably, Tambe had made his Indian Premier League debut in 2013 on the age of 41 for Rajasthan Royals.
Tambe has performed 33 IPL matches and has 28 wickets at 30.46. He has not performed in the T20 league since 2016 whereby he represented the Gujarat Lions.
The 48-year-old turned the oldest participant to be purchased on the IPL public sale held in December when he was roped in by two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders at his base value of Rs 20 lakh.
However, he was barred from enjoying the league as he breached the Board of Control for Cricket in India protocols by enjoying a fracnhise-based league with out saying retirement. According to BCCI, no lively Indian participant can take part in overseas fracnhise-based leagues.
Tambe made his retirement official after the IPL 2020 goof-up after which he was picked up Trinbago Knight Riders.