Not only was Pravin Tambe an unknown quantity who had just bowled his team to a victory against the Highveld Lions, but he was a 41-year-old unknown quantity. It caused more ripples than if he was a teenager. As he continued to bamboozle the Perth Scorchers, Otago Volts, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, it became blindingly obvious: here was a talent that had not only been missed, but missed so catastrophically that it took him until well into his fifth decade to play a major match.
From nowhere to everywhere in a few days. What a fortnight for Pravin Tambe.
But what can the future hold? At 42, what more is there to achieve? It's now four years since the Mumbai Cricket Association told him to give up on his Ranji dream because he was just too old. That he'd missed the boat. But now, they may have to eat their words. They are without their two top spinners for various reasons, and now might be the time to call on an older, wiser replacement to make his debut. And don't forget, there's a World Twenty20 coming up; that, though, might be a bridge too far even for Tambe.