Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

As per a popular adage- age is just a number. Eighty three year old former Scottish cricketer Alex Steele has proved the adage right again. Now-a-days, Alex plays with an Oxygen cylinder on his back.

A video of the incident has taken several social media platforms by storm. Several cricket crazy fans across the globe are stunned over the incident. In the video, Alex can be seen performing wicketkeeping duties with an Oxygen cylinder on his back.

It’s really incredible that even at the age of 83, Alex’s reflexes have not slowed down much. In the video, he is found standing up to the stumps to a right-arm medium pacer and collecting wides down the leg side without breaking much sweat. Anticipating that the ball was drifting down the leg side, Alex made a swift move towards his left and safely gloved the delivery to make sure that his side didn’t concede any unwanted extras.

Notably, Alex is a former first-class wicketkeeper-batter from Scotland. He made his debut back in 1967. He played 14 first-class games during his career and garnered 621 runs at an average of 24.84. He had two memorable outings with his bat as he scored two fifties, with an individual best of 97.

As a wicketkeeper, Alex grabbed 11 catches and affected two stumpings. His first-class career spanned close to 13 years and came to a halt in 1980.

Alex’s love and passion for the game is endless. It is evident by taking into consideration that the 83-year-old has been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal respiratory disease. However, his love for the game doesn’t seem to die down anytime soon due to the old age and disease.