The latest installment of the IPL is less than 3 weeks away and all the teams are gearing up for a challenging season ahead. Teams have done their level best to form a strong squad by picking up players according to their needs at the auction. Also, teams spent huge bucks on some lesser known young Indian domestic players.
T20 was considered to be a young man's game in its initial years. But with time, the experienced players have shown their worth.
This has compelled the teams to form a nice blend of youth and experience in their squads. Even though the focus has been on getting in young dynamic players, there has been a conscious effort of including experienced players too.
We are into the 12th season of the IPL and when we look at the list of players who are the oldest in the respective teams, there are a lot of players who were once, and some of them still are, the icons of the IPL.
Here we will look at the youngest and oldest player from each team in IPL 2019.
#8 Chennai Superkings
Oldest Player - Imran Tahir (39 years)
Imran Tahir has been the premier spinner in South Africa's ODI setup for years, but he got his chance in the IPL only in 2014. The leg-spinner has been fairly successful in the IPL taking 53 wickets in just 38 matches.
Tahir was especially impressive in IPL 2017 where he took 18 wickets in just 12 matches playing for Rising Pune Supergiant. He was then bought by Chennai Super Kings at the 2018 IPL auction. Unfortunately, he had a mediocre season playing for CSK picking up just 6 wickets in 6 matches giving away runs at an economy of 9.09 runs per over.
Youngest player - Ruturaj Gaikwad (22 years)
Ruturaj Gaikwad was one of the few players bought by CSK at the auction this year. Gaikwad plays for Maharashtra in domestic cricket and has a T20 strike-rate of 131.29. Gaikwad has also represented India A. He'll be looking to make an impression and maybe grab a first-team spot in the CSK starting eleven this season.
#7 Rajasthan Royals
Oldest player - Stuart Binny (Age - 34 years)
Stuart Binny started his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians in 2010. However, he got recognition while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the following year. The Karnataka all-rounder had a couple of good seasons with the Royals which paved the way for his selection in the national side too.
Following Rajasthan Royals' 2 year suspension, Binny was part of RCB's squad in 2016 and 2017. Binny was picked up by the franchise once again at the 2018 auction. The 34-year-old did not have the best of time in IPL 2018 and the Royals will be expecting a much-improved performance from him.
Youngest player - Riyan Parag (Age - 17 years)
Riyan Parag was part of India's U19 team that won the U19 World Cup in 2018. Parag, who hails from Assam, is an all-rounder. Even though the youngster doesn't have great numbers in domestic cricket, he was bought at his base price by the Rajasthan Royals at this years IPL auction. Parag will be looking to make the most of the limited opportunities he gets this season and make a positive impression.
#6 Delhi Capitals
Oldest player - Amit Mishra (36 years)
Amit Mishra is one of the most successful bowlers of the IPL. Mishra has taken 146 wickets in the 136 IPL matches that he has played so far. The 36-year-old is second in the list of highest wicket-takers, only behind Lasith Malinga, in IPL history. His experience will be crucial to Delhi Capitals' chances in IPL 2019.
Youngest player - Sandeep Lamichhane (18 years)
While Delhi Capitals has the experience of Amit Mishra on one hand, the team has the youth of Sandeep Lamichhane on the other. The Nepal spin sensation had an impressive debut IPL season in 2018 where he took 5 wickets in just 3 matches. He also played in the Big Bash League and other T20 leagues around the world. The combination of Lamichhane and Mishra can cause a lot of troubles for the opposition batsmen.
#5 Sunrisers Hyderabad
Oldest player - Yusuf Pathan (36 years)
Yusuf Pathan was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals' maiden title victory in the inaugural season the of IPL in 2008. After starting his IPL career playing for the Royals, Pathan was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011. He continued his good IPL form for the Knight Riders too and played a lot of match-winning innings for the franchise. The all-rounder is currently playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Youngest player - Abhishek Sharma (18 years)
Abhishek Sharma was part of India's U19 team that won the World Cup in 2018 and was picked up by the Delhi Capitals at the 2018 IPL auction. The youngster had to wait for a long time for his opportunity, but when it arrived, he made full use of it. In his debut IPL match against RCB, the all-rounder struck an unbeaten 46 runs off just 19 balls. Sharma was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL trade window and will be part of the 'Orange Army' in IPL 2019.
#4 Kolkata Knight Riders
Oldest player - Dinesh Karthik (33 years)
Kolkata Knight Riders picked a young side for IPL 2018 with Dinesh Karthik leading the side. Karthik's international career got a fresh lease of life after his Nidahas Trophy final heroics. The wicket-keeper batsman led KKR exceptionally well and took the side to the playoffs. Apart from being the captain, Karthik is also the oldest player in the squad and his experience is vital for his team.
Youngest player - Kamlesh Nagarkoti (18 years)
Kamlesh Nagarkoti came into limelight after he clocked speeds which regularly exceeded 140 kph in the U19 World Cup and was considered to be one of the finds of the tournament. Owing to this, he was picked by KKR at the IPL auction for a whopping 3.2 crores but unfortunately missed the entire season because of a back injury. However, the young speedster is fit and raring to go in IPL 2019.
#3 Kings XI Punjab
Oldest player - Chris Gayle (39 years)
Chris Gayle is undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen in the IPL. The Jamaican star has lighted up the tournament for years with his monstrous hitting. Despite his brilliant IPL record, Royal Challengers Bangalore released Gayle after a couple of poor seasons in 2017.
Kings XI Punjab pounced on the opportunity and bought Gayle for his base price. The 39-year-old was the man-of-the-series in the recently concluded ODI series against England and will be a batsman to look out for in IPL 2019.
Youngest player - Mujeeb ur Rahman (17 years)
Mujeeb ur Rahman made a sensational debut in the IPL in 2018. Mujeeb foxed some big names of international cricket, including Virat Kohli, with his variations. The young Afghan has continued his purple patch thereafter for his national side as well as in various T20 leagues. He will be Kings XI Punjab's strike bowler in IPL 2019.
#2 Mumbai Indians
Oldest player - Yuvraj Singh (37 years)
Mumbai Indians won a lot of hearts when they bought Yuvraj Singh at his base price in the dying moments of the auction that was held in December 2018 in Jaipur. Yuvraj is one of the most celebrated cricketers in the country and has a huge fan following.
Unfortunately, there has been a major dip in the southpaw's form in the last couple of years and thus Yuvraj, who was once the most expensive player at the auction, was on verge of being unsold. Nonetheless, Yuvraj will want to deliver a strong performance in IPL 2019 and revive his IPL career.
Youngest player - Rasikh Salam Dar (17 years)
Rasikh Salam Dar, the 17-year-old pacer, from Jammu and Kashmir was picked by the Mumbai Indians at the auction. Dar was first spotted by India all-rounder and Jammu and Kashmir captain Irfan Pathan because of his ability to swing the ball. The youngster will want to make full use of the opportunity of playing with the big boys and learn a lot from the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga.
#1 Royal Challengers Bangalore
Oldest player - AB de Villiers (35 years)
To the surprise of many, AB de Villiers is the oldest player in the current Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. Even though de Villiers has crossed the age of 35, he is still one of the fittest cricketers in world cricket.
Apart from his superhuman batting prowess, the former South African skipper is an asset to every side he plays for because of his exceptional fielding ability. Along with Virat Kohli, de Villiers has been the backbone of the RCB's batting line-up for years. RCB fans will want him to continue despite his age.
Youngest player - Prayas Ray Barman (16 years)
Not many would have heard the name of Prayas Ray Barman until it came up at the auction for IPL 2019. RCB bid aggressively for the 16 year old and bought him for a jaw-dropping 1.5 crore. Barman is a leg spinner and is handy with the bat too. He was West Bengal's leading wicket-taker in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Barman is the youngest player amongst all teams in IPL 2019.