Fantasy Cricket – Some Lesser Known Facts about Virender Sehwag

‘Nawab of Najafgarh’, Virender Sehwag, has given sleepless nights to many bowlers all over the world during his international cricket days. His explosive batting has been great entertainment to all his fans, young or old, irrespective of the format that he played. He was fearless and always took the bowlers ‘head-on’. With very restricted footwork, his hand-eye synchronization has been flawless while he stayed on the crease for batting.

When daily fantasy cricket was played during his career days, he was a consistent player for anyone’s dream team. It is sad for many fans to not watch him on the crease and batting after his retirement on 20 October 2015.

Let’s check some of his lesser-known facts whether we can include him in our India fantasy cricket team or not:

Sehwag holds the record for the highest score by an Indian batsman in Tests. He scored 319 runs against South Africa at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on 28thMarch, 2008.

Virender Sehwag holds the record for the fastest triple century, 300 runs off 270 balls, in the match against SA at Chennai.

His score of 309 against Pakistan scored on 28 March 2004, against Pakistan at Multan is the second-best score following his 319 runs against SA.

Sehwag nicknamed ‘Sultan of Multan’

Sehwag’s knock of 293 runs against Sri Lanka registered at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, is the third-best personal score by an India batsman. In this match, he scored the fastest 250 runs (off 207 deliveries) by any batsman in the world.

Virender Sehwag is one of the four batsmen in the world to have crossed 300 runs twice in Tests.

He is the only player in the world to score two triple hundreds and take a five-wicket haul.

Sehwag’s father tried to end his cricket career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990, but he evaded the ban with the help of his mother.

In the 1999-2000 season, Virender Sehwag was the fourth-highest run-getter in Duleep Trophy.

He was seventh on the list of Duleep Trophy top scorers in the 2000-01 season.

Sehwag blasted the second-fastest ODI century (off 60 deliveries) by an Indian batsman on 11 March 2009, playing against New Zealand.

His highest ODI score of 219 runs was registered against West Indies at Indore on 8 December 2011.

Seven ODI centuries scored while chasing a target

Sehwag holds the record for most runs in Tests by an Indian batsman on a single day. He had scored 284 runs against Sri Lanka on 2nd December 2009, in Mumbai.

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, are the only two Indian batsmen to have scored six double centuries in Tests.

Of the six double centuries scored by Virender Sehwag, three were against Pakistan.

On 11 occasions, Virender Sehwag has converted his hundreds to 150+ runs.

Virender Sehwag has been involved in two consecutive double century partnerships in an innings of a test match. On 27-28 March 2008, he was first involved with Wasim Jaffer for the first wicket (213 runs) and then with Rahul Dravid for the second wicket (268 runs), playing against South Africa in Chennai. This was the first time in the history of test cricket that the first two wickets resulted in double-century partnerships.

The above feat was repeated 03-04 December 2009, when playing against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium, Sehwag was involved in a double century partnership (221 runs) for the first wicket with Murali Vijay and another double century partnership (257 runs) with Rahul David.

2011 World Cup saw Sehwag launch the first five of India’s innings with a first-ball boundary.

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Fantasy Cricket: Boxing Day Test Matches still have Life in it

Nowadays there are many daily fantasy cricket gaming platforms such as 11Wickets by Kolkata based Ability Games, which offer the ardent cricket fans choose their dream team for the almost all cricket tournaments and series.

One of the most important tournaments in the world of cricket and online fantasy cricket at 11wickets.com is the Boxing Day tournament. Yes, we know that you are aware of it. But let’s talk about it for the ones who are taking interest in the world of cricket lately.

Beginning of Boxing Day Test match

Boxing Day Test match is played in Melbourne, Australia between Australia and the cricket team traveling Down Under that summer time.However, it starts on Boxing Day, which is 26th December, and is played on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). These matches are usually played since 1950.

These games are at their finest when England tours Australia in summer. Boxing Day Test matches between these two teams have experienced great memories and perhaps they are counted in the lists of a few best Boxing Day Tests.

The most important ever Boxing Day match at the MCG was played out between these two teams which captivated 60,486 fans who experienced a thriller. Australia won that game by just 28 runs. Thus that was just a trailer, the approaching years had even more surprises for the cricket crazy nation.

The custom still carries on as the crowd there love sports. They present you with in large numbers on the Boxing Day to enable them to spend some time with friends and family and relax after having a hectic Christmas Day.

Boxing Day Test match of Australians

The Australians would not get to have the Ashes entertainment each year as the series is every four years. And it’s not compulsory that every summer there is a team scheduled to tour Australia. So the Boxing Day is focused very often by the competition between the two states, Victoria and New South-Wales during the Sheffield Shield matches.

Boxing Day Test match of Kiwis

In New Zealand too, yearly Boxing Day Test matches were played between the Black Caps and the touring team for summer. But afterwards, one-day international matches substituted Test matches for the Boxing Day competition and it is played at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

Boxing Day Test match of The Proteas

The South Africans take up the Boxing Day match customarily at the Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban – each time a National team is touring SA for a summer otherwise they do not have it.

You will find few occurrences which have marked their place in historical past of Boxing Day matches. Who is going to forget Shane Warne’s 700th wicket in the 2nd Test match of 2006-07 Ashes? His bowling victim was England’s Andrew Strauss. Warne retired from International cricket following that series.

Umpire Darrell Hair no-balled the Legendary Muttiah Muralitharan 7 times during the second Test match of 1995 series in Melbourne. As stated by Hair, the bowler twisted his arm and straightens it along the way of delivery which is regarded as an unlawful action in cricket.

Looking at few unforgettable Boxing Day Test matches, we come across that the Aussies have already been on the winner’s team a lot of times.

1995-96 Sri Lanka vs Australia

This match was a good example of Australia’s prominence in the Boxing Day Test matches. The Aussies have scored 500 in the first innings, including Steve Waugh and David Boon’s centuries. The oppositions still did not make even the half the score so they returned to bat for the second innings.

The Sri Lankans bundled for 307, thus setting the Australians having a small target of 41 runs. The Kangaroos won this match by 10 wickets easily.

1998-99 Australia vs England

It was the 4th Test match of 1988/99 Ashes. Poor scoring in a Test match causes it to be nail-biting that was shown in this match. England gave us only 270 runs in the first innings, while the hosts reached the 340 mark prior to getting all out.

The Aussies got a target of 174 in their last innings however they couldn’t deal with even that. They lost their wickets rapidly 7 wickets in about 30 runs. England won just by 12 runs. Dean Headley was the player of the match as he took six wickets in the 4th innings.

2002-03 Australia vs England

The Australians had saved the Ashes that year with 4-1 win over England. They had been annoying their arch rivals since 1989 by winning the series each time. The Boxing Day Test match of 2002 had granted the Australian team a lead of 4-0.

Justin Langer was the Man of the Match for making double century in the 1st innings which worked out for the Aussies to reach 551 additionally Mathew Hayden’s 105.

2008-09 South Africa vs Australia

The match between Australia and South Africa holds the 2nd position behind the Ashes. The Boxing Day Test match was the 2nd Test in 2008-09 series where Africans’ bowling section led by former World No 1 Dale Steyn shook the Australian cricket team batting order.

The Australians was able to make only 394 and 247 in their two innings. South Africans had to make 183 to win and they did it with nine wickets left.

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Fantasy Cricket – Rewind to greatest ODIs of all time

ODI online fantasy cricket matches are always interesting. However, there have been a few matches that are exceptionally brilliant. The first ODI match played in 1971 between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

When the first three days of the third Test washed out, officials decided to abandon the match and, instead, play a one-off one day game consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. And this was the beginning of ODI and a new ear for the online cricket games fans.

Over the years this fantasy cricket format has presented some nail-biting finishes, remarkable individual performances and some truly astonishing victories against the odds.

Dishing out a few of the great ODI matches to the daily fantasy cricket fans of 11wickets app has been a herculean task for us. However, we have tried to compile a small list. Have a read on:

Sri Lanka v Australia – 1st ODI at Melbourne (3 Nov 2010)

After being the three-time defending world champion, Australia hosted Sri Lankans in a 3-match ODI series. It was before they were scheduling for the 2010/11 Ashes series. During the 1st ODI of the series, Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss. However, they could only set a target of 240 for the Islander team.

Sri Lanka started poorly and lost both their openers at 19 runs. For the third wicket, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene added 54 runs before Jayawardene dismissed. At 107 they already lost 8 wickets. Australia was on the verge of winning the match. Lasith Malinga joined Angelo Mathews and added a record 132 runs for the ninth wicket. Malinga runs out when the Lankans needed one run to win and the last batsman, Muttiah Muralitharan hit a boundary to seal the win.

India v Sri Lanka – 1st ODI at Rajkot (15 Dec 2009)

Yet another ODI in which Sri Lanka were the visiting team and the chasing. They won the toss and chose to field first and India scored 414 runs.

The Lankans reached 316 for the loss of only two wickets. At the end of the 37th over, Sri Lanka needed only 89 runs from 78 balls, they had eight wickets to spare. However, in the next four overs, they scored only 21 runs and lost 3 wickets. During the penultimate over, bowling by Zaheer Khan, 2 wickets more were gone and only four runs were scored. In the final over, the Lankans could only score seven runs and India won the match.

New Zealand vs Australia – Pool Match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Auckland (28 Feb 2015)

The two co-hosts and eventual finalists of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup played a pool match at Auckland and the Aussies chose to bat first after winning the toss. However, they were bowled out for only 151 with Trent Boult picking up 5/27 in his ten overs.

In reply, the Kiwis raced to 78/1 in only 7.3 overs and they still only needed 73 runs from 42 overs. At the ninth over, Aussie bowler Mitchell Starc uprooted two wickets and gave the Aussies a glimmer of hope. However, the two Kiwis Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson added 52 runs for the fifth wicket to swing the momentum back in their favour. In the end, the Kiwis won that match.

India vs England – Final, NatWest Series at Lord’s (13 Jul 2002)

Who can forget the exclusive moment when the then Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly rejoiced in a unique way after his team won the epic match against England.

The 2002 NatWest Series was a tri-series where England hosted India and Sri Lanka. After playing six games each in the league stage, India and England played the final at Lord’s.

At the finale

In the final, England set India a target of 326 runs. India started their chase well and reached 106 in only 14.2 overs with Captain Sourav Ganguly scoring a searing half-century. However, they were soon reduced to 146/5. At the sixth wicket, young Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif added 121 runs for the sixth wicket before Yuvraj was dismissed. India still needed 59 runs off 50 balls which was reduced to 12 runs off 15 balls after a 47-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Kaif and Harbhajan Singh.

Kaif scored nine runs in the 49th over which left India only two runs short of the target but Zaheer Khan was on strike for the final over. Khan scored those two runs in the third ball of the over to give India a famous victory at Lord’s

England vs New Zealand – Final, ICC Cricket World Cup at Lord’s (14 July 2019)

Is there any doubt, who will rule this spot? We don’t have. The finale of World Cup 2019 has written its name permanently in the history of cricket. The thrill, the drama of this match has surpassed many great ODIs.

Both the English and the Kiwis were competing for their maiden World Cup. The Kiwis won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 241 runs in 50 overs. But defending a low total against the might of the English batting was going to be a tough task.

In reply, England lost 3 wickets with only 86 runs and nearly 27 overs left to play. New Zealand had the upper hand but for the 5th wicket, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler put on a 110-run partnership to swing the game in England’s favour.

Last suspense moment

After some breath-taking moments, England scored 241 all out in 50 overs. The match was a tie. In the last over, Stokes did not take a run off the first two balls to keep the strike and hit a six off the third ball. In the fourth ball, he hit a full toss to deep midwicket and called for two but Guptill’s throw deflected off a diving Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary.

England needed three off the last two balls and tried to get two runs off each ball only for the non-striker to be run out on both occasions which resulted in a tied match. The game had to be decided in a super over but both teams scored 15 runs each and as a result, England have crowned World Champions because they scored more boundaries in the 50 overs.

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Fantasy Cricket – Top Spinners of All Time

Cricket has evolved to be a fast-paced sport that could convey immediate gratification to its huge followers. Furthermore, the introduction of leading-edge technology in sports has offered possibilities for teams to analyse and catch-up with a few of the strategies and tactics that their opponents use on the cricket field, which also helps the cricket fans who play daily fantasy cricket games.

Spinners play an extremely essential role in cricket and in scoring the points for the ones who play fantasy cricket leagues of various matches at 11Wickets app, the flagship fantasy gaming platform by Ability Games. They often bowl more on a declining track on the last two days of a Test match. Thus, it is usually easily determined that spinners take the most important part in completing matches.

There are primarily two sorts of spinners in the online cricket games of 11wickets app : off-spinners and leg-spinners. Off-spinners generally utilize their fingers to spin a ball while the leg-spinners use their wrists. It is, but, tougher to bowl a leg-spin delivery than an off-spin one. Off-spinners can be better in comprising runs as they generally tend to have more control over their deliveries.

Let’s now check out some the best spinners in history of cricket:

Derek Underwood

Underwood was an English slow left-arm orthodox bowler, meaning that he is accustomed to bowl off-spinners with his left arm. He was probably one of the most excellent spinners in the 1960s and 1970s. And finished up acquiring 297 wickets in 86 Test matches at an average of 25.83. Underwood as well performed in a World Cup for England. But since one-day cricket had not been in fashion those days, he could not have in a lot of it.

Underwood was fairly successful in the sub-continent. However, his bowling was extra suitable for the moist pitches of England. He took the majority of his wickets on his home turf and continued to be one of the powerful weapons for his part for over a decade. Underwood also continues to be the most successful spinner England cricket team had ever.

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly was an Australian leg-spin bowler and was nicknamed “Tiger” for his crouching, intense bowling. He was the first bowler to have efficiently bowled leg-spin in Test cricket and played in the 1930s and 1940s.

Sir Don Bradman selected him as the best spinner he had come across and if that compliment was not ample, O’Reilly also had taken 144 wickets in just 27 Test matches for Australia. The second World War swindled him of a few valuable years in his major cricket career otherwise his wicket tally might have increased significantly.

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is among the most successful bowlers ever with 619 Test wickets. He performed in 132 Test matches and completed with an average of 29.65.

Kumble had not been a major turner of the ball and depended more on his precision and cleverness to get wickets. He was quite hard to work out on Indian tracks and made life unpleasant for a lot of a touring batsman with his googlies and slow yorkers. He was as well hard to score off and accustomed to bowl hardly any loose balls.

Kumble also played in 3 World Cups for India and was really the top wicket-taker in the 1996 World Cup. He took 337 wickets in 271 ODI matches for India. Kumble as well took 1136 wickets in his outstanding career. His international cricket career continued almost 18 years and he also had the privilege to be Indian team captain.

Muttiah Muralidharan

Muralitharan ought to be amongst cricket’s most controversial and skilled personas. His record of acquiring 800 wickets in 133 Test matches and 534 wickets in 350 ODIs is impossible to be exceeded ever.

“Murali”, as he was widely referred to as was a Sri Lankan off-spinner, however mainly used his wrists to turn the ball. He had outstanding power on line and length besides the fact that he was capable of generating an enormous turn.

Shane Warne

Not much ought to be said of a man who nearly single-handedly changed cricket by rewarding the ability of leg-spin bowling. One of the most charming players to have played the sport, he continues to be one of the best match winners of all-time. He was really an invaluable cricketer for his team.

Warne featured in 145 Test matches for Australia and took 708 wickets with 37 5-wicket hauls. Warne may well turn the ball a good deal, had outstanding control on line and length and got various LBW dismissals with his deadly flippers.

Warne’s bowling average was 25.41 in Test matches. Warne also had taken 293 wickets in 194 ODIs and 1319 wickets at 26.11 in his first-class cricket career.

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Fantasy Cricket – The Tale of Cricket Helmet

The daily fantasy cricket fans have noticed that in the sport, cricketers often wear a helmet to protect themselves from injury. A helmet also saves from concussion by cricket ball.

If the reader of 11wickets.com fantasy cricket platform have played cricket, they will know that a ball is very hard. It can be bowled to them at speeds over 90 miles per hour/ 140 km/h. Cricket helmets cover the whole of the skull, and have a Perspex visor to protect the face.

Even the fantasy games fans know that fielders positioned very close to batsman often wear a helmet and shin guards. Nowadays it is almost unheard of for a professional cricketer to face a fast bowler without a helmet. Meanwhile, a few batsmen prefer not to wear a helmet when facing spin bowling.

Hear the tale of helmet from us and keep playing online fantasy cricket and win prizes daily.

The beginning

There are recorded instances of cricketers using towels, scarves and padded caps to protect themselves throughout cricket history. Patsy Hendren was one of the first to use a self-designed protective hat in the 1930s. Helmets were not in common use until the 1970s. The first helmets were seen in World Series Cricket. The Englishman Dennis Amiss is the first player to consistently wear a helmet. He decided to wear helmet to save himself from lethal bowling attack of Australia and West Indies.

In 1977, he went to a motorcycle helmet manufacturer and the manufacturer came up with something lighter than the usual motorcycle helmets of those days. The helmet Amiss wore was a customised fibre-glass motorcycle helmet.

Mike Brearley was another player who wore his own design. Tony Greig was of the opinion that they would make cricket more dangerous by encouraging bowlers to bounce the batsmen. Graham Yallop of Australia was the first to wear a protective helmet to a test match on 17 March, 1978, when playing against West Indies at Bridgetown. Later Dennis Amiss of England popularised it in Test cricket. Helmets began to be widely worn thereafter.

The last batsmen at the highest (Test match) level to never wear a helmet throughout his career was Viv Richards, who retired from the international game in 1992.

After 1978, helmet gained popularity in the cricket world, in spite of the booing by the spectators. The wicket-keepers and close fielders started wearing the gear to avoid injuries. The initial helmets were heavy and produced a lot of heat due to the material used. Early helmets also had ventilation issues. Some designs also obstructed proper vision.

Art behind the design

Over the years, helmets have evolved a lot in style, design and protection. A cricket ball weighs anything between 155.9g to 163 g. It is bowled with varying speeds, touching or crossing 145kmph. Helmets nowadays are designed keeping this in mind. Modern helmets are designed to absorb the ball’s energy by becoming deformed, or dented, on impact. They contain foam injected in to the cavity between the inner and outer shells to help this.

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Fantasy Cricket – Amazing Cricketing coincidences

Cricket and daily fantasy cricket has a way of surprising everyone and over the years there have been cases when things are just too much of a coincidence.

Here is a look back at the quirkiest of the cricket coincidences for the fantasy cricket lovers of 11wickets.com. Have a look:.

The curious case of first ODI double ton and first World Cup 200

Sachin Tendulkar scored 200* on 24 February 2010. During the 2015 World Cup, Chris Gayle hit 215 on the same day. It was exactly 5 years gap.

The margin of 153 runs ODI victory by 3 Indian batsmen

Sachin Tendulkar (200*), Rohit Sharma (264) and Virender Sehwag (219) set world records and India won every match by 153 runs.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar both had 22 ODI hundreds at the age of 26

Kohli was quicker in scoring the hundred runs with 143 innings while Tendulkar had taken 206 innings to scored these 22 OD hundreds.

Similarities between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman

  • Both made their debut in 1996.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both involved in 300 run partnerships against Australia twice.
  • Both played international cricket for 16 years.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both involved in highest run partnership for 5th wicket for India in Tests.
  • Both scored their last Test century at Kolkata in the same match against West Indies.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both helped India in winning the historical Kolkata Test.
  • Both took their first Test wicket in the same match against West Indies.
  • Dravid & Laxman, both played their last Test series against Australia.
  • Both players’ last overseas Test series is in Australia.

The curious case of Alec Stewart

Alec Stewart, the former English cricketer and former captain of the England cricket team, was born on April 8, 1963 (8-4-63). It is the exact tally of runs he finished his Test career with, 8463!

Enormous coincidence of MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s first Test and ODI hundred both came in his 5th match. Both the scores were of 148 and both were scored against Pakistan. Cool coincidence indeed for Captain Cool!

The tale of 111 runs

South Africa needed 111 runs to win at exactly 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011. The scoreboard read 11:11 11/11/11. It’s the cricket’s biggest maths ever. Damn coincidence.

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Fantasy Cricket- Cricketers with Long Names

There have been many Cricketers with interesting and confusing names, and in some cases too long. Try to remember; haven’t you come across while making your online fantasy cricket team, Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman? Okay, he is our very own V.V.S Laxman. Did your tongue twist while pronouncing it?

In the words of Shakespeare, “”What’s in a name?” Here we list out five such international players who have the longest names for our fantasy cricket fans.

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UWMBCA Welegedara

Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanga Welegedara or simply Chanaka Welegedara is the longest name in the cricketing world. The left arm fast bowler made his Test debut in 2007 and has become a sort of a regular member of the Sri Lankan Test squad in recent years. The 35-year-old’s career never really took off but he has been a prominent name in Sri Lanka’s domestic circuit.

WPUJC Vaas

Chaminda Vaas, the legendary left-arm fast bowler, was famous for his swing bowling and ability to snap quick wickets. With over 750 wickets in his international career, he is the second most successful bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan to have played for Sri Lanka. But, there were one more thing he was remembered for more often. It was for his unusually long name. He has five initials to his name ‘WPUJC’ which transcribes to Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas.

MKGCP Lakshita

Mataramba Kanaththa Gamage Chamila Premanath Lakshitha more famously known as Chamila Garnage was a right-arm medium pacer who played for Sri Lanka in 2 Tests and 7 ODIs in 2002. After making his debut in July 2002 against Bangladesh in Colombo, Gamage could never really seals a permanent spot in the squad and last played at Melbourne against Australia in 2003. His time with the national team might not be memorable but his name surely is remembered whenever people discuss about the long name.

HMRKB Herath

Sri Lanka’s spin bowling weapon Rangana Herath also has five initials which read in full as – Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath. Herath currently is Sri Lanka’s premier spinner. The left-arm spinner has been carrying the burden of leading the bowling attack ever since the retirement of the Muttiah Muralitharan. His has been very impressive and has built a great reputation by being Sri Lanka’s all-season performer.

PADLR Sandakan

Lakshana Sandakan who full name goes by Paththamperuma Arachchige Don Lakshan Rangiku Sandakan is left-arm wrist-spinner who made his debut against Australia in the first Test in 2016. Dubbed as mystery spinner, the chinaman is very capable of bowling accurately and has a well-disguised googly. His consistent match-winning performances in domestic cricket have made him one of the best future spin bowling prospect of the nation.

Hence, we get that mostly long name players to come from Sri Lanka. Good!

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Fantasy Cricket – Lesser Known Facts of Cricket

Cricket has been an integral part of human emotions. Today, the internet-based cricket games offered by 11wickets.com, the best platform for these games, are trending a lot amongst the cricket lovers. Daily fantasy cricket games are a rage and the mode of entertainment for cricket fans around the world.

Today let’s talk about the lesser-known facts about the cricket and then focus on the forming the fantasy cricket playing XI team.

There are ten ways a batsman can get out in cricket: Bowled, Caught, Run Out and Leg before Wicket. Handling the ball, Stumped, Hit the ball twice, Obstructing the field, Timed out and Hit Wicket.

First laws of cricket were written in 1774

In ancient cricket, the batsman would bat in front of a tree stump, hence the term “stumps”. As the game developed it was at times played in front of a wicket-gate – which led to the term “wickets”.

Early bowlers would bowl the ball under arm and cricket records tell tales of great under arm lob bowlers. Over arm bowling was at first illegal. It was introduced to cricket by a Kent cricketer, John Willes. He, in fact, got this move from his sister, Christina who found her skirts were getting in the way when she tried to bowl under-arm!

The first international cricket match was held between the US and Canada in 1844. This epic event and match were played in New York and Canada won by 23 runs.

In 1868 an Englishman called Charles Lawrence based in Australia create a team of aborigines and took them to England. This was the first Australian tour to England, and each player wore a cap of a dissimilar colour so that the spectators could spot them. The team played 47 matches against a number of local teams of which they won 14, lost 14 and drew the rest. Despite playing cricket the aborigines showcased a number of sole sports including the backwards race, cricket ball dodging and boomerang throwing.

While he merely played 12 tests with limited success, Alfred ‘Tich’ Freeman is perhaps the greatest first-class bowler ever. A short leg-spin googly bowler, he took 3,776 first-class wickets, second only to Wilfred Rhodes and is the lone bowler to take 300 wickets in 1928 during a single season. He took over 200 wickets in the next seven seasons and remains the only man to take all 10 wickets in an innings thrice and 17 wickets in a match twice.

The greatest all-rounder

One of the greatest all-rounders in the true sense is CB Fry. He captained England at cricket; played for England in football he equalled the world long-jump record. Away from the sport he was presented the Kingship of Albania, he embodied India at the League of Nations, and Hitler consulted with him when he was budding the Youth Program in Germany.

Sir Donald George Bradman has to surely be the greatest batsman of all time. In his last test innings at the Oval in 1948 he needed 4 runs to end with an average of 100. He was bowled by Eric Hollies for a duck. His test average of 99.94 and the first-class average of 95.14 are both world records. His 974 runs in a single test series is also a record. He scored two triple centuries and 12 double centuries in test cricket and was previously left stranded on 299.

Montague Druitt was a fast bowler who played for Winchester College, Incogniti and Dorset, he was a playing member of the MCC as well. In 1888 he drowned himself in the Thames River. Druitt was alleged of being Jack the Ripper!

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Fantasy Cricket Recap – Fastest 50 ODI Wickets

Though cricket as a sport is regarded as batting powerhouse, the different bowlers of numerous ICC cricket teams have been equally exceptional with their bowling performance. Good bowling and a good number of wickets taken in a cricket game offer good points at online fantasy games.

Let’s dig into the list of bowlers taking reaching the mark of 50 wickets the quickest. Read on and join India’s best and trusted fantasy cricket platform – 11wickets.com :

Ajantha Mendis – Sri Lankan Cricket Team

Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lankan Cricket Team scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in just 19 matches of his career. He scored his record against Zimbabwe at Dhaka on 12 Jan 2009. In 84 innings, he has taken 152 wickets with an average of 21.86 and economy 4.80.

Ajit Agarkar – Indian Cricket Team

Ajit Agarkar of Indian Cricket Team is the second in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in just 23 matches of his career. He scored his record against Zimbabwe at Harare on 30 Sep 1998. In 188 innings, he has taken 288 wickets with an average of 27.85 and economy 5.09.

Mitchell McClenaghan – New Zealand Cricket Team

Mitchell McClenaghan of New Zealand Cricket Team is the third in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in just 23 matches of his career. He scored his record against South Africa at Mount Maunganui on 24 Oct 2014. In 45 innings, he has taken 82 wickets with an average of 28.20 and economy 5.94.

Dennis Lillee – Australian Cricket Team

Dennis Lillee of Australian Cricket Team is the fourth in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in 24 matches of his career. He scored his record against India at Sydney on 18 Dec 1980. In 63 innings, he has taken 103 wickets with an average of 20.82 and economy 3.58.

Hasan Ali – Pakistan Cricket Team

Hasan Ali of Pakistan Cricket Team is the fifth in this list. He scored the fastest 50 Wickets records in 24 matches of his career. He scored his record against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi on 18 Oct 2017. In 37 innings, he has taken 71 wickets with an average of 22.18 and economy 5.20.

*Records have been compiled as on June 26, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket: Greatest Test Cricket Bowlers of All-Time

A warm hello to all the ardent cricket lover and fantasy cricket league gamers of 11wickets.com! The debate about who are the greatest Test bowlers of all time can be endless. That is because greatness does not decide by pure statistics only. The truth is, great bowlers require to exhibit potential dominating over great batting line-ups in all conditions.

They need to put up steady performances over a long time. And have that x-factor that terrifies batsmen every single time he bowls and his potential to increase your online fantasy cricket scoreboard for you.

Hence, there is a pool of players who deserve among the best. One can debate which one is better than the other but very few can claim against their place in greatness. Let’s now look at the greatest Test bowlers of all time and play daily fantasy cricket.

Richard Hadlee

Hadlee is synonymous with New Zealand’s rise as an ambitious cricket nation. Although his early years were fairly unremarkable, his single-handed exploits in taking out solid batting line-ups of top teams helped set up his credentials as a one man-wrecker.

Amazingly, he was dominating over opponents irrespective of being part of a pretty unimpressive bowling line-up. His amazing performance against Australia in consecutive home and away series wins is one such focus on that continues to be etched in all New Zealand fan’s mind.

His 9 for 52 remains to be the best bowling figures on Australian soil. He led that performance by adding six more wickets in the second innings. It’s not a much to suggest that Australia has never been reeled just like Hadlee shook them on home soil.

Additionally, Hadlee made an even less likely win against India in India in the Mumbai Test. Hadlee was the first bowler to go beyond the 400 wickets mark in cricket history. His career average of over 22 is proof of this great fast bowler’s successes.

Muttiah Muralitharan

Muralitharan beat all the odds and emerged as the greatest spin bowler of all time. In an eventful eighteen years cricket career, his story is one of strength. His prominence over opposing batsmen was almost enchanting. The truth is, his exploits were so amazing that a threatened section of the cricket world began tossing questions about the legitimacy of his bowling.

People taunted and harassed him by detractors for being a “chucker.” Yet, nothing broke this amazing bowler’s resolve. His 800 career Test wickets at an average of 22.7 continue to be a record even today.

Glen McGrath

Glen McGrath was simply a medium-fast bowler whose bowling speed clocked around the 135 kph tag. He was the height of discipline. His potential to find a vulnerability in the rival batsman’s mental prowess and then to methodically exploit that drawback with his exact bowling was what he was renowned for. McGrath proved that the most successful bowler is one that has the ability to persistently bowl the right length and line in any state.

McGrath’s approach almost always included bowling just out of the off-stump in the corridor of uncertainness. His cricket career record of 563 wickets at an average of just over 21 is even more amazing when you look that he was just a medium-fast bowler with no other techniques except precision and swing. Glen McGrath’s knack for picking out wickets and harassing batsmen renowned.

Wasim Akram

Akram was an expert of both conventional and reverse swing. All-time greats such as Tendulkar, Laxman, and Gooch are among Akram’s biggest fans and are on record proclaiming him as the toughest bowler they faced. Akram’s average in the sub-continent is better than his entire cricket career average. In a cricket career of over 19 years, Akram has picked up 414 wickets at an average of 23.6.

Besides Waqar Yunus, Akram formed the most deadly opening bowling combos. His ability to make use of the conditions both with the new and old ball made him so unique. To emerge as the best bowler from a nation that has produced greats such as Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Yunus speaks volumes of Akram’s adventures with the ball. There is no question about the greatness of this leftie.

Malcolm Marshall

People regarded Marshall to bowl ferociously and his bouncers were unbelievable. As part of the famous West Indies quartet consisting of Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, and Michael Holding, Marshall was the quickest and most effective. He was the only fast bowler who crashed Sunil Gavaskar as well.

His outstanding Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who’s taken more than 200 wickets. He could be remembered for any number of performances but what he shines for is his on the whole dominance, over opposing batsmen, that he maintained during his playing career.

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