Pravin Tambe: At 41, this IPL debutant is the oldest ever!
It is not the future but the present that concerns this Rajasthan Royals' 'veteran'. And the gift from his IPL team a chance to play against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday - was indeed very very special!
For someone who is the oldest-ever to make his debut in the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals' Pravin Tambe was beaming with joy after bowling to Delhi Daredevils, at Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Tuesday.
The 41-year-old (41 and 211 days on Tuesday) leg-spinner played his first match of IPL and bowled four overs conceding 30 runs at an economy rate 7.5. Someone who says he is always learning from his seniors, Tambe said: "There was no pressure. The seniors in the side advised me to take this as any other cricket match and do my best," he said.
The Mumbai bowler was one of two changes made by Rajasthan for this match and said he wanted to make this opportunity count.
"I had been waiting for this chance. I was very excited at having been included in the playing XI. I do hope that we play well and make it to the play-offs."
Tambe, earlier this year, made his debut for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He had then been quoted by a national daily as saying that he does not think about how long he will be able to play but only about how he can best enjoy his time on the field.