Pravin Tambe took the first hattrick of IPL 2014. The Rajasthan Royals spinner scripted his team’s win against Kolkata Knight Riders.
The 42 year old Pravin Tambe has been the talk to the town since his arrival at the big stage. Making his IPL debut last year at the age of 41, Tambe has been proving that age is merely a number in the sporting arena. What matters is one’s zeal and enthusiasm when it comes to the performance. The leg spinner Pravin Tambe had not even played a top-level game for a first-class team when he was picked from the vast meadows of Mumbai’s cricket gymkhanas at the age of 41, by Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2013. Pravin Tambe has been working day in and day out, managing his game and his job in Mumbai for the last 20 years. His wait came to an end when the Wall of Indian cricket spotted this sturdy and 5’5” wily leg spinner. Before getting a call for the IPL, the closest that Pravin had been to be known in the top level cricket was when his named featured in the Ranji probables list in the year 2000 for Mumbai.
The Mumbai-born Tambe is now a Rajasthan Royals veteran. The bowler has been the go to man for his skipper this season. Tambe, along with the economical customer Rajat Bhatia, has been the key to Rajasthan’s success in this edition of IPL. The duo have played their part to the optimum best and have choked the opposition during the middle overs and thereby ensuring their team’s victory. Last week, when the Kolkata Knight Riders were cruising along chasing the target of 171, riding on the knocks of Gambhir and Uthappa, it was Tambe who put the brakes on the run chase. He picked up the first hattrick of the season by dismissing three batsmen of just two legal deliveries. He managed to get Manish Pandey stumped of a wide delivery, castled Yusuf Pathan and finally dismissed Ryan ten Doeschate to grab the season’s first hattrick! Although the downfall was initiated by skipper Watson, it was Tambe who ripped apart the KKR middle order. Claiming the hattrick of just two deliveries is not something we witness every now and then. It was just second time in the history of game that such a feat was accomplished; Isuru Udana’s hattrick in Champions league t20 2010 was the first occasion of the rare sight.
Earlier in the tournament, he went wicketless in the first two games that he played. But he did play a containing role. Picking just one wicket in the third game against Chennai Superkings, Tambe announced himself in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore by picking up 4 wickets for 20 runs. Since then, he has been among the wickets. Picking up couple of wickets against KKR and then replicating the same against Delhi, he got his hattrick in the team’s second game against KKR on May 5, 2014.
Tambe, the oldest player to make an IPL debut, has looked in sublime form in this season. He has continued his form from the previous year’s Champions League where he received the Golden Wicket (for taking most number of Wicket in the tournament). Despite of being highly successful at the shortest format of the game, Tambe failed to make a mark at the Ranji level. Making his debut at the age of 41, it was his dream to represent Mumbai in Ranji trophy. Tambe, who worked as a coordinator for the matches at DY Patil Stadium in the earlier editions of IPL, toiled hard in the vast Kanga Leagues of Mumbai before finally making his debut in Ranji trophy against Odisha last year.
But coming back to IPL, he has performed and performed well this season. The stocky leg spinner has hit the purple patch and is also a leading contender for the purple cap this season. The ever inspiring fairy tale story of Pravin Tambe fascinates every aspiring cricketer and this story of this man from Mumbai makes him the player to watch out for in this IPL season!
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