Age no bar in Twenty20 cricket: Tendulkar

Durban, April 30 (Inditop) Who says Twenty20 is a young man’s game, asks Sachin Tendulkar.

Not only Tendulkar, the other 35-plus players like Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, and Sanath Jayasuriya have outshone the younger lot in the ongoing second edition of the Indian Premier League.

“I don’t know who says that it’s a young man’s game. Clearly, he doesn’t know much about cricket,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying in IPL’s official website.

“It’s (T20) a cricketers’ game so it really doesn’t matter whether you are young or old. It is a cricketer’s match,” Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar, 36, has been in fine form, scoring 164 runs in four games which include two half-centuries.

The Mumbai Indians skipper though failed during his team’s three-run loss to Kings XI Punjab here Wednesday.

“Our bowlers did extremely well to restrict them to 120. We knew that it was going to be close. We needed a couple of decent partnerships in between which would have taken us to our target. But that didn’t happen.”

“We lost three early wickets and that put a lot of pressure on us. It wasn’t a flat deck to bat on, there was something happening,” Tendulkar said.

“The conditions get tougher in the evening with the ball doing a bit. The wicket is such that the ball was not coming onto the bat. And if the ball starts doing that then it’s always going to be tough to put it away.”