Bangalore, March 8: If anyone thought IPL was for the young, you might be wrong. The Rajasthan Royals have put their faith in a 42-year-old Pravin Tambe, who became the oldest player to make his debut in the IPL.
And what more he won the match for the Royals against Highveld Lions with 4/15 in the 2013 Champions League T20. Not only the world, but also it looked like skipper Rahul Dravid was also surpised by the show.
"What a story," a visibly happy Dravid said when asked about veteran leg-spinner's performance.
"For someone who has not even got a chance to play first-class cricket and has worked hard all these years in Kanga league, it is terrific story. In the last match, it was a 18-year-old (Sanju Samson) who had won the match for us and today it was a 42-year-old who has done the job for us. So we have seen both end of the spectrum," an elated Dravid said.
Interestingly, Tambe earned his maiden call up for the Mumbai team a few weeks ago for the Vijay Hazare trophy and now Royals have signed up the leg spinner. The life is surely starting at 42 for Tambe.
The Royals dressing room has now a healthy presence of Mumbai players, with leading batsman Ajinkya Rahane and left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh, who was also signed up, also around.
Tambe couldn't make his debut for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare trophy because Mumbai were knocked out by Assam in the quarterfinals itself. He can now look forward to playing in the high-profile IPL. Apart from Harmeet and Tambe, RR also added talented Kerala batsmen Sachin Baby and Sanju Samson and Jharkhand paceman Rahul Shukla are the new faces in RR this season.