From Vijay Hazare to Michael Hussey: 4 prominent cricketers who made their international debut after 30
There is an abundance of cricketers worldwide who are highly talented. However, some of them take too long to be recognised for their talents and skillsets at the international platform. Consequently, some manage to make their international debut after 30.
Be is any sport, including cricket, there is barely a shortage of talents in the entire world. However, only a handful few manage to make it to the final XI, especially on the international stage.
As for cricket, the level of competition is so high that some of the fine cricketers have to wait long enough to make their international debut, which happens even beyond 30. In the same light, we look at four prominent cricketers to have done the same after 30.
The Indian batsman has been in sensational form ever since moving to Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Aged 30, he made his international debut for India this year in March during the Twenty20 Internationals against England.
Hazare is a prominent name in Indian cricket who helped India attain its first win in Test cricket in 1951-52. As for his debut, it happened in 1946 against England after his 31st birthday. However, he soon became a sensation, scoring 2,192 runs in 30 Test at an average of 47.65, including seven tons and nine half-centuries.
The classic Pakistani spinner was one of the most impactful spinners in world cricket before his retirement in 2017. However, when it comes to his birthday, it happened in One-Day Internationals against India at 31. Yet, he went on to fast rise the ranks in world cricket, claiming more than 300 wickets across formats.
Hussey is a renowned name in world cricket, having terrorised the bowlers with his classy and exquisite batting techniques. Although he had made his international debut in his 20s, his Test debut happened after his 30th birthday. Nevertheless, he still went on to play 79 Tests, scoring 6,235 runs at 51.5, including 19 centuries and 29 half-centuries.
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