Fantasy Cricket: Most International Cricket Grounds in a Country

We all know how cricket grounds affect our fantasy cricket teams. International cricket grounds attract more crowds than others. Ekana International Cricket Stadium at Lucknow has been recently renamed to Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium.  The first international match in this stadium was between India and West Indies on November 6, 2018. And with that, it became India’s 52nd international cricket ground.

India now has a total of 52 grounds that have hosted at least one international cricket match. It just proves the enormity of the fantasy cricket game in the country. In the past decade, there have been many new grounds that have come up. The facilities provided by them are world-class. It’s another sign that India is a superpower in the game of cricket.

After making a debut in 1933, India now stands 29 ahead of England in terms of international venues. England is known to be the initiator of the game yet it doesn’t have even half the number as India. Australia and Pakistan have the 3rd and 4th largest number of international cricket grounds respectively.

Cricket in India is pretty widespread. Every state that participates in the Ranji Trophy has a ground of its own. Although not every venue has hosted international games, a new ground keeps coming up every now and then. There are some states like Maharashtra that have as many as 4 international cricket grounds.

Read on about the most international cricket grounds in any nation. And join all new fantasy cricket app 11wickets app for daily fantasy cricket games.

India:

India has the highest number of international grounds, 52. International cricket in India for the first time played in December 1933, when the Gymkhana Ground in Bombay. India played host to the India-England Test match.

England:

England has 23 international grounds. The first ground, The Oval at Kennington in London debuted on 1880 when England and Australia played.

Australia:

Australia has 22 international grounds. The first ground, Sydney Cricket Ground debuted on 1877.

Pakistan:

Pakistan has 21 international grounds. The first ground, Bahawal Stadium at Bahawalpur in Punjab debuted on 1955.

South Africa:

South Africa has 16 international grounds. The first ground, St George’s Park at Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape debuted on 1889.

New Zealand:

New Zealand has 16 international grounds. The first ground, AMI Stadium (formerly Jade Stadium and Lancaster Park) at Christchurch in Canterbury debuted on 1930.

West Indies:

West Indies has 14 international grounds. The first ground, Kensington Oval (The Mecca) at Bridgetown in Barbados debuted on 1930.

Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka has 10 international grounds. The first ground, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium (Saravanamuttu Stadium/ P. Sara Oval) at Colombo in Western Province debuted on 1982.

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Fantasy Cricket – Best Cricket Umpires of All Time

The role of cricket umpiring is one of the most difficult to play. We know you will agree to that! Umpire stand in the field to critically judge the players and their actions in the field, without being partial to any team.  Declaring a four or a six or an out on the pitch lies in the hands of umpire. Umpires decision affects the scoreboard in real matches as well as in the daily fantasy cricket matches.

So, when you are playing the online fantasy cricket matches do note that you need to follow the umpire decision. There are many umpires in the history of cricket who have set a remarkable career.

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Dickie Bird

Harold Dennis Bird also known as Dickie Bird, was born on April 19, 1933 in Yorkshire. During his young age, he worked in a coal mine and was even a school dropout. Dickie’s first love was football, which he had to quit after enduring an injury while playing. He started playing county cricket and then took to cricket. Later, he was signed up Yorkshire, along with his home county. He officiated in Yorkshire in a test match between England and New Zealand. Following that, he has gone on to officiate in 66 test matches, which was once upon a time a record.

Umpire Dickie Bird stood out there in the centre for three world cup finals-1975, 1979 and 1983. He has umpired 69 ODIs. He received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2012 for his contributions to the game of cricket and charity. In his last test match in 1996, he was given a guard of honour by the Indian and English players. Umpire Dickie Bird is unquestionably cricket’s greatest umpire, as he earned plenty of respect in the cricket arena.

Steve Bucknor

Stephen Anthony Bucknor was one of most experienced umpires in cricket. Born in the year 1946, Bucknor was at first a football referee. He then took to umpiring in cricket at the age of 45. His first test match as an umpire was in the year 1989. It was a test between West Indies and India. He officiated in his first ODI in that same year as well, which was again between West Indies and India. Bucknor has umpired 181 ODIs an exceptional amount of 128 test matches. He was given the Order of Jamaica, Commander Class, in the area of sports” for “superb services. This well-known umpire declared his retirement in the year 2009.

Simon Taufel

Simon James Arthur Taufel, was born on 21 January 1971 in St Leonards, New South Wales. Currently retired, he had a strong career as an Australian cricket umpire at the international level. Taufel made his international debut in the year 1999 in an ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka. He then went on to make his test debut in the year 2000 between Australia and West Indies. Famously, he bagged five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards between 2004 and 2008 for which people started considering him as one of cricket’s finest umpires. On 26 September 2012 he announced his retirement from international cricket after the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 final and would be taking new role of Umpire Performance and Training Manager. Taufel has umpired in 74 tests, 174 ODIs and 34 T20s before he announced his retirement.

David Shepherd

David Shepherd, born on December 27 1940, is best known as one of the world’s most popular umpires. He began his profession as a first class cricketer who played county cricket for 14 years as a middle order batsman for Gloucestershire. His debut test as an umpire was in the 1985 Ashes Series, the fourth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. He was best known as the light-hearted, bubbly umpire amongst teams and coaches. An interesting fact about David Shepherd was whenever did a little jig or hop whenever any score would reach 111.  In his long career, he officiated in 172 ODIs, which included World Cup finals in 1999, 2003 and 2007. His test tally stands at 92 tests. Lung cancer was the cause of his death.

Billy Bowden

Brent Fraser Bowden, popularly known as Billy Bowden was born in the year 1963.The kiwi umpire has made a strong mark as an international level umpire. His first ODI as an umpire was in 1995 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. He then made his test debut as an umpire in 2000 between New Zealand and Australia. Billy still umpires at present and his record have hit 75 ODIs and 181 tests with 19 T20s to go with it. Billy Bowden was drafted into the ICC Elite Umpires Panel in the year 2003. He is best known for the unique and bizarre umpiring signals that he undertakes, especially the dance jig that precedes his SIX” signal and his crooked index finger to adjudge a batsman out.

Aleem Dar

Aleem Dar was born in the year 1968 in Pakistan. The Pakistani umpire started his umpiring profession when he was just 30. He first started as an international umpire in 2000, debuting between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Two years later he was selected into ICC’s panel of umpires. Aleem Dar has officiated in 74 test matches and 151 ODIs till date and continues to do so. At present, he is cricket’s most successful umpire. He won three consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He had a brilliant World Cup 2011 as he gave 15 consecutive correct decisions that won a battle against DRS challenges.

Rudi Koertzen

Rudi Koertzen was born in South Africa in the year 1949. He became an umpire in the year 1981, officiating in domestic games for a start. Rudi broke into the international arena in the year 1992 when he umpired in his first ODI between South Africa and India. During that same tour, he made his test debut, again in a game between South Africa and India. Rudi took the umpiring standards to higher levels and became a full-time ICC umpire in the years 1997 and also soon became a part of the Elite Umpires Panel. In his career, he has officiated 108 tests and 206 ODIs along-with 14 t20s. He was also the first umpire to umpire in 200 ODIs. Rudi has plenty of records as an umpire, but one will always remember him for his “slow-death” motion of raising his finger to adjudge a batsman out.

Daryl Harper

Daryl John Harper was born in the year 1951.Hailing from Australia; he has gone to score a perfect international career as an umpire. He started his umpiring stint in the year 1983 and was the first umpire from Australia to be selected into the Elite Umpires Panel of the ICC. Harper had a long umpiring career between the years 1998 and 2011. He was forced into retirement in 2011 from all formats of the game as there were claims his umpiring standards had hit an all-time low. But then again, Harper had a brilliant career as an umpire. He officiated in 94 tests and 174 ODI’s in total. An umpiring career lasting from 1983 to 2011, he indeed will go down as one of cricket’s finest umpires.

Tony Hill

Anthony Lloyd Hill, better known in the circuit, was born in 1951 in Auckland, New Zealand. A kiwi by birth, Tony Hill has had a prolific career as an umpire on the international stage and he continues to do so. He initially officiated in an ODI match played between Zimbabwe and New Zealand in 1998 followed by his first test match as an umpire in the year 2001 played between Bangladesh and New Zealand. 2009 was a decent year for him as he was included into the ICC Elite Umpires.

Ian Gould

Best known as Gunner by his colleagues and people around him, Ian Gould was born in England in the year 1957. He has gone on to represent England as an international umpire and has been quite successful at the high levels. Gould has also represented the English team that used his services of being a left-handed wicket-keeper batsman. Interestingly, Ian Gould has had amazing football connections too. He has represented one of England’s best clubs Arsenal as a goalkeeper, which is why he is nicknamed Gunner.

Gould first test as an umpire was in 2008 when he officiate a game between South Africa and Bangladesh. However, he made is umpire debut in ODI’s much earlier in 2006 in a game between England and Sri Lanka. Gould has had a good international career as an umpire, standing in 30 tests and 73 ODIs so far. However, he was much talked about in his early days when he wrongly gave Sachin out on 99 at the Rose Bowl in 2007 in a game between India and England. But all that played down, and Gould has crafted a decent career till today.

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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 – Cricketers & Their Edible Names

What do you think what makes cricket interesting for fantasy cricket lovers? Is it just the scorecard or a good match, a winning team or an exciting fantasy cricket game? Nope! There are too many things that make the game overall exciting and interesting.

While selecting your online fantasy cricket team, have you ever come across any cricketer whose name or surname is some kind of food name? Perhaps yes, perhaps no! Wouldn’t knowing about them be interesting?

Here is a list of all edible cricketers, oops, cricketers with names which invoke images of food items. Know about those cricketers and start making your daily fantasy cricket team for the upcoming exciting matches at 11wickets.com :

Graham Onions

The 36 year old English cricketer, Graham Onions played for Lancashire and England as a right arm fast-medium bowler and a right-hand tail-end batsman. A sizzling cricketer who can probably bring tears to the eye!

Phil Mustard

Another English cricketer of 36 years old, Phil Mustard most recently played for Gloucestershire and has also represented England. Mustard is a left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, has been compared, by Shane Warne no less, to Australia’s Adam Gilchrist.

Julian Wiener

Julien Mark Wiener is a former Australian cricketer who played in six Tests and seven ODIs from 1979 to 1980. A right-handed opening batsman and a very occasional off spin bowler, Wiener is also synonymous with a type of frankfurter. It is a seasoned smoked sausage made of beef and pork.

Allan Lamb

Allan Joseph Lamb is a former England cricketer and captain who played for the first-class teams of Western Province and Northamptonshire. Lamb is yummy food option for the Sundays.

Clive Rice

Clive is a former South African international cricketer. An all-rounder, he was the captain for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club from 1979 to 1987.

Kola Burger

We can put this name into this list purely on the basis of merit. Can you imagine a list consisting of high run-scores without Sir Don Bradman? We guess you answer will be no. This Namibian cricketer is an automatic choice for this list. And notice his name, there is Kola, there is Burger. What else do we need for a party?

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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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IPL Fantasy Cricket – Tale of Quirky Extras

This is the time of the year when IPL fantasy cricket fever has hit the entire nation. Already, the tournament is slowly nearing to its end. After the jam-packed T20 season, both the Indian side and the overseas players will compete for the highest glory in cricket, World Cup 2019.

For sure, this year is the season for cricket lover and the IPL T20 fantasy cricket fans. Do you know any other way a cricket team scores runs in the field apart from batting? Yes, you have guessed right! Extras! An extra means a run scored by a manner other than a batsman hitting the ball.

No batsman is given the credit of accumulating the extras for his side. The extras are calculated separately on the scoreboard. Extras have been the saving grace for many teams on several occasions, and even for IPL fantasy league fans.

Here is a list of teams scoring most extras in an innings during IPL T20 cricket game. Read them on:

Tale of 28 Extras

During the 4th IPL match at Kolkata on20 April 2008, Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders were playing. Chasing 110 runs made by Deccan, KKR scored 112/5. They earned 28 extras, which is till date highest in IPL history. The 28 extras included 4 byes, 8 leg byes, 15 wides and 1 no ball. KKR beat Deccan by 5 wickets with 6 balls remaining.

Tale of 27 Extras

During the 63rd IPL match at Dharamsala on17 May 2011, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing. Batting first, KXIP made232/2 runs and in reply, RCB could score121 only. KXIP earned 27 extras, which is second highest in IPL history. The 27 extras included 7 byes, 14 leg byes, 4wides and 2 no balls. KXIP beat RCBby 111 runs.

Tale of 26 Extras

During the 47th IPL match at Kolkata on16 May 2009, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings were playing. Chasing 147/5 runs made by Mumbai, Chennai scored 151/3. They earned 26 extras, which is till date third highest in IPL history. The 26 extras included 16 leg byes and 10 no balls. CSK beat MI by 7 wickets with 5 balls remaining.

During the 39thIPL match at Jaipur on17 May 2008, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing. Batting first, RR made 197/1 runs and in reply, RCB could score 132/9 only. RR earned 26 extras and these26 extras included 1 bye, 6 leg byes, 18wides and 1 no ball. RR beat RCB by 65 runs.

During the 54thIPL match at Mumbai on16 May 2015, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders were playing. Batting first, RR made 199/6 runs and in reply, KKR could score 190/9. RR earned 26 extras and these26 extras included 3 leg byes, 18wides and 5 no balls. RR beat KKR by just 9 runs.

Tale of 25 Extras

During the 27thIPL match at Mumbai on6 May 2014, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing. Batting first, MI made 187/5 runs and in reply, RCB could score 168/8. MI earned 25 extras, which is fourth highest in IPL history. The 25 extras included 4 byes, 8 leg byes, 12wides and 1 no ball. MI beat RCB by 19 runs.

*Records have been compiled as on April 18, 2019

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IPL Fantasy Cricket – Best One-Handed Catches

Ever since the inception of the IPL T20 fantasy cricket, it has been the richest and most popular cricket league around the globe. In cricket, fielding contributes equally to winning a match for a side as its batting and bowling.

IPL matches and IPL fantasy cricket games have helped to revolutionise the concept of this short format of cricket. Over the years, the fielders have taken some brilliant catches and have shown some amazing aerobatics skills to fans.

In all the catches, the most brilliants ones are the catches which the fans’ eyes catch. Every single handed catch becomes a moment of rejoicing for fans sitting in the stadium along with IPL fantasy league fans.

Let us take a look at the best single-handed catches in the IPL T20 cricket game history. Read on:

Trent Boult vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

This one is said to be the best catch in the history of IPL. The New Zealand bowler, Trent Boult is the first in our list. During IPL 2018, in match Delhi Daredevils was playing against RCB, Trent Boult stole the show for his one-handed catch. Boult caught Virat Kohli’s ball single-handed. He caught Kohli’s potential boundary on the line keeping his nose in-field.

Kieron Pollard vs Chennai Super Kings

The Trinidadian cricketer and the aggressive all-rounder, Kieron Pollard is popular for his acrobatic fielding efforts. In this IPL 2019, Pollard shows off his brilliant acrobatic skills again to the fans. On 3rd April 2019, during the 15th IPL match, while playing against CSK Pollard dismissed one of its top order batsmen.

He dismissed Suresh Raina of CSK. During the 5thover, Raina’s bat connected flawlessly with a length ball and it flew towards deep cover. Pollard, who was positioned in front of the boundary line, pulled off a spectacular catch and CSK lost their third wicket. It was a marvellous moment to watch.

Faf du Plessis vs Mumbai Indians

The South African right-handed batsman, Faf du Plessis is the third in our list of fielders with the best one-hand catch. During IPL 2015, it was the match between the two strongest teams of the tournament, CSK and MI. CSK bowler caught the ball of MI batsman Corey Anderson. Anderson came to bat for his side MI at number 3 but could stay long at the crease, thanks to the one-handed catch by du Plessis.

Anderson pulled a short length delivery from Nehra of CSK but couldn’t quite middle it. The ball flew straight over the head of Nehra into no-man’s land.  But, du Plessis ran in from mid-off and took a single handed catch.

Sanju Samson vs Mumbai Indians

During the last IPL season in 2018, the Rajasthan Royals player Sanju Samson added another stunner to the list of one-handed catch. Playing against Mumbai Indians, Samson covered a lot of ground and dive full stretch to take a single-handed catch and sent Hardik Pandya of MI to pavilion for 36 runs.

Ricky Ponting vs Mumbai Indians

The Australian star played in IPL 2013 for a few matches for Delhi Daredevils. But he left an incredible mark by taking a single-handed catch. Unmukt Chand of MI tried to flick a delivery by Harbhajan Singh of DD to the leg side. However, it took a leading edge and flew towards extra cover where Ponting flung himself in the air, after slipping during his run, to take a brilliant one-handed catch.

*Records have been compiled as on April 17, 2019

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IPL Fantasy Cricket – Players with Highest Strike Rates

Batting in IPL T20 fantasy cricket can be extremely difficult, as a batsman hardly gets time to settle down at the playing ground. In the shortest format of cricket, users are almost always enthusiast, and strike rate is the most essential metric for a batsman.

The IPL fantasy cricket is an extravagant T20 tournament which draws in the best of the talent from around the globe. As a result, the competition is actually stiff during IPL and the quality of bowling is really high, that makes matters even more difficult for batsmen.

There are a few batsmen throughout the history of IPL fantasy league who’ve been able to master the quick scoring strategy towards batting. Here is a look at 5 batsmen who are at the top of the charts as far as strike rate is concerned:

Andre Russell

The Jamaican all-rounder, Andre Russell is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders for the current season. He started his IPL T20 cricket game career with Delhi Daredevils in 2012. For both the teams, in total, he has played 46 innings. He remained not out in 9 and scored 1202 runs at an average of 32.48. His highest is 88*. Russell’s strike rate is 185.49. He holds the first spot in the record of highest strike rates.

Ben Cutting

The Australian all-rounder, Ben Cutting is playing for Mumbai Indians for IPL 2019. He started playing for Rajasthan Royals in 2014, then played for Sunrisers Hyderabad from 2016-2017 and joined MI in 2018. He holds the second spot in the record of highest strike rates. In total, he has played 15 innings. He remained not out in 5 and scored 223 runs at an average of 22.30. His highest is 39*. Cutting’s strike rate is 174.21.

Sunil Narine

The Indian origin West Indies bowler, Sunil Narine is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders for this season IPL 2019 as well. He started his IPL career in 2012. Narine holds the third spot in the record of highest strike rates. In total, he has played 53 innings. He remained not out in 12 and scored 717 runs at an average of 17.48. His highest is 75. Narine’s strike rate is 168.30.

Rishabh Pant

The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant is playing for Delhi Capitals (old name Delhi Daredevils) for this season IPL 2019 as well. He started his IPL career in 2016 with Delhi Daredevils. Pant holds the fourth spot in the record of highest strike rates. In total, he has played 46 innings. He remained not out in 4 and scored 1493 runs at an average of 35.54. His highest is 128*. Pant’s strike rate is 162.45.

Glenn Maxwell

The Australian batting all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell has played last for Delhi Daredevils (now called Delhi Capitals). He started his IPL career in 2012 with Delhi Daredevils and then played for teams Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab as well. Maxwell holds the fifth spot in the record of highest strike rates. In total, he has played 68 innings. He remained not out in 7 and scored 1397 runs at an average of 22.90. His highest is 95. Maxwell’s strike rate is 161.13.

*Records have been compiled as on April 16, 2019

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IPL Fantasy Cricket – Captains Winning Most Matches

The 12th edition of the IPL has already given the fans IPL fantasy cricket great entertainment in four weeks. Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals are playing well this season until now. Team Bangalore is at the bottom of the table and fans have already had no hope from it.

“To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

This quote relates the importance of a captain for a team. The performances of any IPL team to a massive extent rely on their skippers. Over the 12 years of IPL, IPL T20 fantasy cricket fans have witnessed numerous skippers who have attempted to bring IPL glory to their teams. Just a few of them succeeded to a great extent.

There is no doubt that MSD will top the list of the captains winning most matches in the history of this Indian T20 tournament. The IPL fantasy league fans know how much crucial role a captain plays for his team.

Let’s us read about the top 5 captains who have won most matches in the history of IPL T20 fantasy cricket games.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 2008-2019

Records will speak for this cricketer. MS Dhoni has been the skipper for Chennai Super Kings since 2018. During the suspension of CSK in 2016 & 2017, he was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants and was named a captain. Till now, as the captain in IPL matches, he has played 167 matches. Under his leadership, his teams have won 101 matches and lost 65. One of the matches has come with no result. As a skipper, his winning % now is 60.84.

Gautam Gambhir – 2009-2018

The Delhi lad initially was the skipper for Delhi Daredevils, before turning the skipper for Kolkata Knight Riders. He again went back to Delhi in IPL 2018 as the team captain. In our list, he holds the second spot. Under his leadership, his teams have played 129 matches, has won 71 and lost 57. One match has been tied under his leadership. His winning % is 55.42.

Virat Kohli – 2011-2019

The Record Smasher hasn’t still broken this record. Virat Kohli has been playing the role of captain for Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011. In our list, he holds the third spot. Under his leadership, his team has played 103 matches, has won 45 and lost 53. Two matches have been tied and 3 have no results under his leadership. His winning % is 46.00.

Rohit Sharma – 2013-2019

Rohit Sharma has been leading Mumbai Indians since 2013. In our list, he holds the fourth spot. Under his leadership, his team has played 95 matches, has won 54 and lost 40. One match has been tied under his leadership. His winning % is 57.36.

Adam Gilchrist – 2008-2013

In his IPL career, Adam Gilchrist has led two teams Deccan Chargers (2008-2010) and Kings XI Punjab (2011-2013). In our list, he holds the fifth spot. Under his leadership, his teams have played 74 matches, has won 35 and lost 39. His winning % is 47.29.

*Records have been compiled as on April 15, 2019

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IPL Fantasy Cricket League – 5 Most Expensive Flop Players

Every year, excitement for the IPL T20 fantasy cricket fans begin with the auction of the players! The day of the auction has been fascinating for the fans, since the advent of this popular T20 tournament.

All these years, IPL franchises have surprised the fans with their selection of players for their squad. While some of the franchises empty their fund to buy a particular cricketer, some others manage a decent purchase all through. The IPL fantasy cricket fans find auction stage intriguing and base of the teams’ strength.

Every year, not just the players sign multi-crore deals with IPL franchises but also add loads of pressure on themselves. They also have to deal with the added responsibilities and expectations of IPL fantasy league fans and cricket management.

Look below at the list of a few costly purchases in various seasons of the T20 cricket game. These players failed to deliver for their respective franchises. Read on:

Yuvraj Singh

The Punjabi lad, Yuvraj Singh is top in our list. It has been too risky for the Mumbai Indians to buy him this season, IPL 2019. For the team this year, he has played just 4 matches and made 98 runs at an average of 24.50.

But, we are not talking about this season.  During IPL 2015, Singh was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping ₹ 16 crore. He was the costliest player ever bought in an auction. In that edition, he managed to score just 248 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 118.09 and an average of 19.07.

In IPL 2014, Singh played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and was released by them ahead of the IPL 2015 auction. Their decision came after his ordinary performance.

Tymal Mills

He is the extremely talented bowler from England; Tymal Mills caught the attention of IPL franchises when he toured India for T20 international in 2017. It was not his performance but his pace variations which impressed all. In the T20 internationals, he troubled the Indian cricketers much on their home soil.

RCB purchased him for ₹12 crore, the second highest paid cricketer in the auction for IPL 2017. Mills didn’t live up to the hopes of the team & fans. He managed to take just 5 wickets in 5 matches at an economy of 8.57. He was dropped for his underperformance and went unsold in the IPL auction 2018.

Dinesh Karthik

RCB invested the cash they got after releasing a lavish Yuvraj Singh in purchasing the wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik. Karthik played for DD in IPL 2014. He had an average season and was released by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2015auction. Bangalore surprised all when they bought him for ₹10.5 crore.

He performed excellently behind the stumps but failed to show his batting skills. He managed to score 141 runs in 16 matches at an average of 12.81.

Pawan Negi

Delhi Daredevils surprised everyone when they bought the youngster for a huge₹ 8.5 crore in IPL 2016 auction. Negi played for CSK in the 2015 and had mesmerized all with his all-around performance.

Negi played 8 matches for the Delhi team and performed poorly both with both bat and ball. He managed to take one wicket in the season and bowled at an economy of 9.33.

Irfan Pathan

During IPL 2011, Irfan Pathan was bought by Delhi franchise for approximately ₹8.5 crore in the auction. Pathan had delivered a pretty decent season in 2010 and has the money pressure on him for the season.

But sadly, Pathan failed to deliver according to the high hopes of his team this time. He managed to take just 11 wickets and score 150 runs in 14 matches at an average of18.75.

*Records have been compiled as on April 15, 2019

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