The quartet of Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist and Sourav Ganguly - the oldest players in the IPL auctions - have all captured the imagination of the fans with their on-field exploits, but it will be interesting to see whether the franchises still consider them to be good enough for the shortest version or have they passed their sell by date.
Age - 38 years 6 months
Since Anil Kumble has pulled out of the auction, this former India captain is the oldest Indian player up for bidding at 38 years and six months. This IPL will certainly be an indication whether he is still good enough to sustain in competitive cricket. Three franchises Mumbai Indians, Sahara Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders may be bidding for Ganguly. It will be interesting how KKR copes up with public pressure if they don't take Ganguly from auctions.
Age - 38 years
When he picked the team for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008, everyone called it a Test team. Being out of India's ODI team for more than 2 years, Dravid also stepped down as the Bangalore skipper in the second season of the IPL. And though he increased his base price to $400,000 in 2011, Dravid is no longer considered for the shorter formats of the game. Will he prove his detractors wrong and get fetched?
Age - 41 years and 8 months
The West Indian legend, who had quit active cricket three years back, has been priced at $400,000 but it will be interesting to find out whether his mind and body is ready to take the rigour of T20. However, franchises might just think about cashing in on 'Brand Lara'.
Age - 41 years 6 months
For the Sri Lankan veteran, who is priced at USD 200,000, getting a franchise will be an achievement in itself, given the fact that he has been ignored by his cricket board for the ICC World Cup.
Age - 39 years 2 months
Adam Gilchrist, one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen world has ever seen, may be the safest bet to be picked up from the auctions. No doubt Deccan Chargers and a few others will bid for Gilchrist, who has had more than a decent run in the three IPLs as he catapulted Deccan Chargers from wooden-spooners to championship title with his leadership skills.
Age - 36 years 11 months
The flamboyant Protean had an image to prove and he failed to do it for the Deccan Chargers. At an age of 36 and 11 months, and being out of the South African side, it will be interesting to see if this colourful cricketer gets a team at all.
Age - 35 years 6 months
This Kiwi all-rounder has been around for more than a decade and won many a matches for New Zealand. He played for Deccan Chargers in the first three seasons, but at 35 and 6 months, will he succeed in getting a new team?
Age - 38 years 6 months
The Bangladesh oldie might still be going great guns in the international cricket, but if he manages to interest any of the IPL teams, it remains to be seen.
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