At the age of 47 years, 1 month and 14 days, most would believe that you are well past your age to play competitive sports, let alone a fast moving game like T10 Cricket! However, a certain man called Pravin Tambe today proved us all wrong, bringing up what is the first ever 5-for in the history of professional T10 cricket.
However, that’s how Tambe has always chosen to play his cricket – in a way that would seem very much impossible. I swear I’m not lying when I tell you that Tambe made his debut at the ripe old age of 41, when he played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2013. When he featured there at that age, everyone was shocked, not just because of his age but because he had never played a first-class game prior to that. Shocking, isn’t it?
2017 was the first time he played for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, aged 45 back then. It has really been an extraordinary career so far for the veteran leg-spinner, who breaks records everywhere. Just a couple of hours back, he broke a few at the Sharjah International Stadium, playing for the Sindhis.
Take a look:
- First ever hat-trick of the T10 2018 Cricket League.
- First ever 5-for in the history of T10 cricket.
- Picked up all of the first 5 Kerala Knights wickets to fall.
- Four of these were ducks as he reduced Knights to 12/5.
- Best bowling figures in the history of the T10 league – 5/15.
Pakistan’s Hasan Ali held the previous best figures in the T10 league, when he picked up 4/7 last year. However, that was broken earlier today by his countryman Aamer Yamin, who picked up magical figures of 4/4 in his 2 overs. Today was a day for records to be set and broken as Tambe came out to thrash the previous record, picking up 5 wickets in just 2 overs.
Some rearguard action from Wayne Parnell, who scored 59(24)* allowed Kerala Knights to recover from 21/6 to put up a respectable 103/7 in their allotted 10 overs. However, as this league has proved to us in the past, this is nothing but a par score, if not a below par score. Eventually, it took Sindhis just 7.4 overs to chase down this score.
Captain Shane Watson scored an unbeaten 50 in 24 deliveries, assisted by 49(20) from New Zealander Anton Devcich. The Sindhis won by 9 wickets and no prizes for guessing who won the Man of the Match award. – none other than Pravin Tambe. What a masterstroke it turned out to be from Watson, who threw Tambe the ball to open the bowling.
See what he said:
— T10 League (@T10League) November 22, 2018
With this, Sindhis registered their first victory of the 2018 T10 league, after after a bad loss yesterday against Rajputs. If you remember well, Tambe has also picked up a hat-trick in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals in the past. Keep reading ReadScoops.com for more updates on the ongoing T10 league in UAE.