Do you remember Pravin Tambe, a cricketer who came into the limelight when he was 41! His name called for the IPL auction when Pravin Tambe was 48. KKR bought him for rupees 20 lakh.
In 2013 he got called up for selection trials by the Royals. Pravin Tambe became the oldest player in IPL history. He suddenly became the face of a popular sports phrase: ‘age is just a number.’
A new biopic based on the life of Mumbai-based leg-spinner Pravin Tambe is set to be made soon. Shreyas Talpade is going to play the role of Pravin Tambe.
But who is Pravin Tambe?
Pravin Tambe in IPL
Pravin Tambe made his IPL debut at the age of 41. His life took an unexpected turn in 2013. A bowler who made his debut at that age in the Indian Premier League was a terrific achievement. The most interesting part of the story was that the cricketer has never played first-class cricket. Rajasthan Royal includes him in their team.
Then mentor of Rajasthan Royal Rahul Dravid said about Tambe, “It’s a fantastic achievement for someone who has never played first-class cricket and has worked hard all these years in the Dr HD Kanga Memorial Cricket League.”
Pravin got a hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders in that edition of IPL. As a result, he was named Man of the Match. For the first time in his career, he got the purple cap for taking the most wickets in the IPL 2014 for some matches.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise took Pravin Tambe ten lakhs for the 2017 Indian Premier League. He was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2020 IPL auction ahead of the Indian Premier League.
But he was not allowed to play for Kolkata Knight Riders as he participated in the T10 league in Sharjah the same year.
The Indian Cricket Board only allows retired Indian players to play in T10 or T20 games organized by other cricket boards.
Pravin Tambe was called up to the Mumbai cricket team for the first time in the 2013–14 Ranji Trophy season. He made his first-class debut against Orissa. On February 25, 2017, he made his List A debut for Mumbai in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy against Gujarat.
Pravin Tambe in T10
Pravin Tambe was a member of the Sindhis squad in the T10 League’s second season in UAE. He became the first player in the history of cricket to achieve a hat-trick in the 10-over format. Pravin Tambe was also the first player in this format to earn a 5-wicket haul.
Pravin Tambe in CPL
Pravin Tambe singed for the Trinbago Knight Riders Caribbean Premier League roster in July 2020 (CPL). He was the first Indian cricketer to sign a CPL deal. He made history by being the first Indian cricketer to play in the CPL on August 26, 2020, in a match between the Trinbago Knight Riders and the St Lucia Zouks.
Biopic on Pravin Tambe
As a cricketer, the 50-year-old has had a remarkable journey. That is why a biopic is being made about Tambe. Before this cricketer-like Sachin, Dhoni, Kapil Dev, biopics were already made. Other Indian sports stars like Milkha Singh, Sindhu, and Mary Kom biopic have been made.
According to the Indian Express, well-known Marathi and Hindi film actor Shreyas Talpere could have played the role of Pravin Tamba. He made his Bollywood debut with the film called Iqbal. Coincidentally, the film also featured a cricket-based plot. Veteran actor Ashish Vidyarthi will play an important character in the film. Shooting has already begun at the Tana.
However, Pravin Tambe has not yet commented on his biopic. Tambe’s close friends have confirmed the news. At present, Pravin Tambe has set foot for 50 years. As a cricketer, he has made a remarkable journey. At a time when the players of his time are ending their careers, Tambe continues to play at the maidans of Mumbai.
The 48-year-old veteran Tambe was named the oldest player in the 2018 IPL auction. But he was not allowed to play for Kolkata Knight Riders as he participated in the T10 league in Sharjah the same year. The Indian Cricket Board only allows retired Indian players to play in T10 or T20 games organized by other cricket boards. Kolkata Knight Riders bought Tambe for Rs 20 lakh at the IPL auction that year.
Currently, this experienced cricketer is working in the role of the support staff of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He also played in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi. Tambe is operating a cricket academy in Mumbai also.