“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter” this was the quote given by Hall of fame pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige. In simple words, as long as you are enjoying the game, age will be just a number.
For many players be it in any sports, age is just a number. As we know the older the wine the better it is to taste, in same way for these players, they have just become better with age. In cricket we have seen players like Misbah Ul Haq (age. 41 – Pakistan), Pravin Tambe (age .44 – Rajasthan Royals), Dilshan (age 38 – Sri Lanka), Brad Hogg (age .44 – Kolkata Knight Riders) defy the norms.
In today’s modern era, when there are hundreds of talented youth waiting for that golden opportunity to get into the playing XI, players who are about to retire still show that spark and hunger, to be a part of playing XI.
Many times when such players don’t play well in one or two series, the media highlights with articles suggesting the player is past his peak. But then defying all odds, the players always prove the media wrong. They justify their selection and also help groom the young talented players.
Many of the players don’t focus on their age or getting more achievements to their name, it is the love for the sports that binds them. The best example is of Sachin Tendulkar, after winning the world cup in 2011, Sachin could have retired from the game, because he had got all the awards any individual can think of getting in the game of cricket. Still Sachin continued to play for India at the highest level and focussed on improving his game.
This just shows how much commitment and passionate all the players are about their game. All these players have made us believe in the quote “We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”