What would you do if you are not able to take that important elevation to first-class cricket and you have reached 40? Most people would start to doubt themselves and the quality they possess. Not Pravin Tambe though. A buzzing name in Mumbai club cricket circuit but it would have been limited to just that had 2013 not happened to Pravin Tambe.
Pravin Tambe was born on 8th October, 1971 in Mumbai. He was in love with the game of cricket right from the very young age and wanted to become a fast bowler. But his Orient Shipping captain Ajay Kadam encouraged him to try leg-spin. He was holding a job in the daytime while playing club cricket on the weekends. He toiled hard in Mumbai club cricket structure to get recognition but failed to do so for several years.
Then came the twist in Pravin Tambe’s journey as one of Rajasthan Royals’ scouts spotted him. After that, Rajasthan Royals picked him up in the auction at the base price for 2013 season. He became the oldest player to play in the IPL when he made his debut at the age of 41. Later that year, Pravin Tambe grabbed the ‘Golden Wicket award’ in Champions League T20 after he took most wickets in the competition. He took 12 scalps at an average of 6.50 during that competition.
After that terrific performance in the T20 format, Pravin Tambe earned his maiden Ranji Trophy call-up for Mumbai. He made his first-class debut against Odisha in December 2013 and played a couple of matches in that season. Following year in 2014, he picked up a magnificent hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders at Ahmedabad. He used to be the complete package of control and the wicket-taking ability for any T20 captain.
Since then, Pravin Tambe has played IPL cricket for teams like Gujarat Lions, Sunrisers Hyderabad by providing useful support to the main spinners. He took part in the T10 League in UAE during the 2018 season and as a result of that, he was disqualified from playing IPL 2020 CPL 2020 as he will be playing for Trinbago Knight Riders.
Bowler Typer/Role: Right-arm leg-break
Pravin Tambe Height: 5’ 5” (1.65 m)
Weight: 68 Kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Date of Birth: 8th October, 1971
Age (as on August 2020): 48 Years
Birth Place: Mumbai, India
Zodiac sign: Libra
Educational Qualifications: NA
Address: Mumbai, India
First-class: 14th December, 2013 Vs Odisha at Mumbai
List A: 25th February, 2017 Vs Gujarat at Chennai
T20: 7th May, 2013 Vs Delhi Daredevils at Jaipur
Jersey Number: 02
Major Teams: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Gujarat Lions, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Cricket Association XI
Pravin Tambe IPL Teams: Gujarat Lions, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Pravin Tambe CPL Team: Trinbago Knight Riders
Marital Status: Married
Pravin Tambe Wife: Vaishali
Marriage Date: NA