Nayan is 42 now and has registered for the 2021 IPL auctions, changing into the oldest participant to register for the auctions. Alongside Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Mark Wooden, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, Alex Hales, Liam Livingstone, Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Reece Topley, George Garton, Lewis Gregory and Ravi Bopara, Nayan is among the 17 Englishmen within the IPL auction‘s last checklist.
It’s not that he hasn’t featured within the IPL earlier than. Nayan was a part of the Rajasthan Royals squad in 2010 and the Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit in 2011. In 4 IPL video games, he has two wickets to his identify.
It was in December 2013 that Nayan final performed any skilled stage, aggressive cricket. So why did he determine to throw his hat into the ring once more?
“I completely love the sport. I did it as a result of I imagine in what I am doing. Final January, after I advised my dad that I wished to begin enjoying once more, he mentioned: ‘Are you positive?’
“In relation to cricket, I would like my dad to see and verify how I’m performing. My dad gave me a few weeks. I, myself, would not take too many opinions. After I had been practising for 2 weeks, he got here to see me and gave me the nod. I worth his opinion essentially the most,” Nayan advised TOI in an unique interview from London.
“My dad being my dad, if I wasn’t bowling on top of things, he would simply say ‘do not do that’,” he added.
It was membership cricket the place Nayan made his comeback. “Final season, I performed for Brondesbury within the Middlesex County Cricket League and picked up 17 wickets from 85 overs at a median of 14.53,” he mentioned. “I’m prepared and I am bowling at my greatest.”
Many really feel that T20 is for children, however for Nayan “age is only a quantity”.
“I do not take into consideration my age. It’s a fallacy that T20 is a younger man’s sport. Quite the opposite, I imagine T20 is all about expertise. It’s concerning the expertise and who has the higher set of expertise. I imagine that my ability set offers me an edge over any younger spin bowler,” mentioned the 6 ft 4 inches tall Nayan.
“A whole lot of it’s mindset. A whole lot of it’s not being scared to get hit for a six. I’ve at all times considered the place and the way can I prize out the batsman and get a wicket.”
In the meantime, the youngest participant on the public sale is Afghanistan’s Noor Ahmad, who’s simply 16. Noor is a left-arm wrist spinner and lately performed for Melbourne Renegades within the 2020-21 Massive Bash League.