Joys of IPL: From teen Sarfaraz to Hogg's four-for at 44 and counting

  • Ipsit Mohapatra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 01, 2015 01:32 IST

At 44 years and 83 days old, Brad Hogg scripted an evening to remember at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

For many his age who fancied cricket or even made it big, the boat sailed a long time ago. For the Australian, however, it is as if age is under arrested development.

The chinaman's 4/29 haul for Kolkata Knight Riders against Chennai Super Kings had the element of thrill.

It was not only his skill with the ball, but also the bounding enthusiasm and agility that caught the eye. But then, he has always been like that.

Rich praise came in from former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who tweeted, "All cricketers should watch Brad Hogg ... 44 yrs of age .. Sells the game with pure enthusiasm .. #IPL2015."

A few years ago, there was a bit of banter-chatter-mind games regarding him being a "nets bowler", but that never stopped the former postman from stamping his presence on the game.

If watching 17-year-old Sarfaraz Khan of Royal Challengers Bangalore take flight in the Indian Premier League makes you see future, Hogg's screen presence is all about timelessness.

Hogg himself says he enjoys bowling to Indian batsmen "because they really test your craft".

On Thursday he scalped three international players (Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja) and Pawan Negi, who was castled a ball after he tonked the Australian for a six.

KKR have turned to him in their hour of crisis with Sunil Narine, and the Australian has turned up and delivered in style.

Rajasthan Royals leggie Pravin Tambe, at 43 years and 204 days old, is the other one defying age.

The joyous aspect of this is, when Hogg or Tambe decide to say that age is just a number, they can reel off the numbers they have stacked up in the wickets column.

The writer tweets at @ippusultan

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