Indian cricket is indeed blessed with a plethora of T20 stars, showcasing talent, skill, and versatility in the shortest format of the game. has played a significant role in nurturing and showcasing this talent, providing a platform for young and established players alike.
Today, there are plenty of cricketers in India who are good at playing the shortest format of the game. It is also worth noting that India were crowned the champions in the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 when they beat Pakistan in the final to clinch the title.
Since then, they made it to the finals of the competition in the 2014 edition but surrendered at the hands of Sri Lankan cricket team. Let’s delve deep into the list of three oldest Indian captains to score a half-century in T20Is.
1. Rohit Sharma
Indian captain Rohit Sharma is renowned for his elegant and effortless batting approach, which is such a delight to watch. On top of that, his impeccable timing and grace, particularly shorter formats is nothing short of spectacular. His ability to find the gaps and play conventional cricketing shots sets him apart from many power-hitters and also possesses a wide range of shots in his repertoire.
Moreover, he can adapt his game to suit different conditions and bowling attacks. It is worth mentioning here that he is the oldest captain to score a fifty in Twenty20 Internationals as he achieved it when he was 35 years and 108 days old.
2. Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav has shown immense promise and skill in T20s, particularly in the Indian Premier League in the initial years of his cricketing career. Impressed by his approach, he earned a call-up by the national selectors and there was no turning back since then. He is known for his aggressive and attacking batting style and doesn’t hesitate to take on the bowlers from the outset.
As a result, he puts seating pressure on the opposition with his fearless stroke play. He was named the captain of the Indian cricket team in the five-match T20I series against Australia. In the T20I opener, he scored an impeccable 80 off 41 balls, which came in a winning cause and thus became the second oldest Indian captain to score a century as he achieved it when he was 33 years and 70 days old.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli who is widely acknowledged as the best all-format batsman in the world brings a distinctive approach to T20 cricket. Moreover, his solid batting technique allows him to play conventional shots with precision, making him a consistent run-scorer, irrespective of which format he plays.
Virat Kohli’s ability to garner runs by consistently finding the gaps and rotating the strike to his partner has made him a pillar of stability in the batting lineup as he is good at anchoring the innings. He is the third oldest Indian captain to score a fifty in Twenty20 Internationals as he achieved it when he was 32 years and 353 days old.