Whoever says Twenty20 is meant for only young legs and greenhorns should take a walk. The third season of the Indian Premier League has so far been dominated by the old horses of the game.
Yes, T20 is a fast-paced format of cricket that requires a player to be quick with his reflexes. But it also requires you to be a quick decision maker. In nerve-wrecking moments, one has to be composed and play according to the situation, and that's where experience plays a crucial role.
Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan are some of the most successful players of this season.
Kallis has been the key performer for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are among the frontrunners in the first leg of the tournament. Kallis, the Orange Cap holder, has not only butchered the bowlers irrespective of their stature or records, but has also been effective with the ball.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who refuses to represent his country in the shortest format, has proved it's his decision and not compulsion as he's been the most successful batsman for the Mumbai Indians. He is so far the second highest run scorer. His splendid performance with the bat pushed his team to the top after the win over Chennai Super Kings.
Matthew Hayden has also done well but he's been successful in all three editions of the event. This time he's come up with the Mongoose bat but it certainly cannot be solemnly credited for the success he has enjoyed until now.
Similarly, Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas are the most successful bowlers in the tournament so far. Both these Sri Lankan veterans have proved that it's all about the skill. Even though Murali leads the pack of the bowlers in the IPL, it's Vaas who has impressed the most. His wile, accuracy and variation are worth emulating.
However, there are still the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Rahul Dravid, Shane Bond who are yet to click in the IPL 3. And going by their reputation build over the years, they may just be one match away from getting themselves unleashed.