South African legend Imran Tahir broke an elite captaincy record set by MS Dhoni earlier this year by winning the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2023 title with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
At the age of 44, Tahir became the oldest captain in history to win a T20 tournament. Dhoni won his fifth IPL title as captain at the age of 41 earlier this year.
The age of 40 is generally considered the age of retirement for cricketers. However, in the modern era of cricket, the players have continued to play even after the age of 40. They have worked very hard on their fitness and quit the longer formats of the game early so that they can extend their careers.
Quite a few cricketers aged more than 40 are not only active in T20 or T10 tournaments, but they are also winning championships.
Tahir, was appointed as Guyana’s captain before the start of the CPL 2023, and he managed to do what no other player was able to do till today.
Under his captaincy, Guyana finished at the top of the CPL 2023 points table by winning eight matches out of 10 played in the league stage. But they suffered a shocking defeat in the first qualifier against TKR by seven wickets. However, in the final, they managed to take revenge for it by securing a win for the ages.
Tahir, who played his last match for South Africa in July 2019 and his last IPL game in April 2021, finished as the second-leading wicket-taker in CPL 2023. In a total of 13 matches played during the course of the season, he picked up 18 wickets at an economy of just 6.22.
In the final, Tahir picked up two wickets after a conceding just eight runs in his quota of four overs.
He accounted for the dismissal of Andre Russell and DJ Bravo in the CPL 2023 summit clash.