ODI Fantasy World Cup – 3 Amazing Records by Indians

Indian cricket team has evolved to a great extent from the 90s. The 90s were the days of cricket betting scandals for the Indian team. After winning the world cup fantasy cricket game in 1983, the quality of Indian cricket team deteriorated because of those scandals.

Then came the “Dada” of Indian cricket who led the team to a new era. And the Indian team never looked back. India won its second CWC fantasy world cup title in 2011 and has been one of the successful teams in its history.

India created history in 1983 ODI fantasy world cup by defeating the defending champions, West Indies. They again created history when they reached the world cup finals in 2003 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. And another history created in 2011 when the Dhoni-led team won the trophy after 28 years.

Let us take a look at three selective and surprising records held by Indians in the fantasy world cup tournament history. Read on and get surprised:

Bishan Bedi’s maiden overs

Bishan Bedi, nicknamed as Bishu, was part of the famous Indian spin quartet. The quartet included Bhagwat Chandrashekar, ErapalliPrasanna, SrinivasVenkataraghavan and Bedi himself in the 1970s era. Bedi was left-arm orthodox bowler from Punjab. He had a very impressive bowling variation and with the ball in hand, he often created for batsmen when on the crease.

As test cricket had prominence during those days, he played less ODI cricket. During world cup 1975, Bedi participated for India and bowled two maiden overs against East Africa in a single game. So far, no other bowler has achieved this feat in the world cup. Let’s see what if anyone can break this record in this world cup.

Sourav Ganguly’s partnership records

The “God on the off side” and also the “Dada”, the form Indian team skipper, Sourav Ganguly was the warhorse. Ganguly was synonymous to aggression, was a fighter and he took the Indian cricket team to new heights under his captaincy. He has been regarded as one of the greatest captains of the Indian cricket team.

Ganguly has participated in 3 world cup tournaments for India from 1999 to 2007. He was the captain for team India in world cup 2003. He was one of the most elegant left-handed stroke makers India has produced. In his ODI career of 311 matches, Ganguly has an average of 41 with 22 centuries in his record.

Ganguly has a unique record of partnering in three 200+ partnerships in World cup history. His first and highest partnership of 318 runs came with Rahul Dravid in World Cup 1999. The second one of 244 runs in world cup against Namibia with Sachin Tendulkar. The third partnership of 202 runs withVirenderSehwagwas against Bermuda in world cup 2007.

Centuries of Sachin Tendulkar at a young age

The master blaster from India is famously holding nearly 50% of the world cup records under his name. One of the most gifted cricketers of the Indian team, Sachin Tendulkar did wonders for India from a young age.

He participated in six world cups and shares this record with Javed Miandad of Pakistan.  His batting campaign in world cup 2003 was extremely successful and fans cheer those memories till today. Tendulkar has given cricket a new dimension in India. Playing for India from a very young age also put him into the World Cup squad of India during world cup 1992.

Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have won two “Man of the Match” awards prior to age of 20 in World cups.

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ODI Fantasy World Cup – 11 CWC Hosting Nations

The Cricket World Cup has really remained as the main attraction worldwide. The world cup fantasy cricket crowd of the best fantasy cricket platform 11Wickets.com is usually willing to give their best when it is about cheering for their preferred team.

It is an esteemed, and a dream occasion for a cricketing nation to host the Cricket World Cup. But, not all cricket playing nations have got to host the world cup fantasy game all this time. Until now, only 11 major cricketing nations have hosted this famous event of cricket.

The most notable cricketing nations worldwide such as England and India have hosted it more than 2 times. Let us take a look at the 11 nations which have hosted the ODI fantasy world cup:

Bangladesh – 2011

The 10th season of the World Cup had hosted in three nations – India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. For the first time World Cup had hosted in Bangladesh. Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium and Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium were two main grounds where matches played Bangladesh.

Kenya – 2003

ICC selected Kenya as the co-host along with South Africa and Zimbabwe during Cricket World Cup 2003. The teams played very few matches there. The Nairobi Gymkhana Club picked as the venue to host the games due to its seating capacity of 8,000 spectators.

Zimbabwe – 2003

The standard of international cricket in Zimbabwe has elevated hugely in the last few years. The credibility for it goes to a few high-class cricketers of the nation who took their gameplay to a new extent. This was the reason that this nation had allotted to host a few matches of World Cup 2003. 6 matches of the World Cup 2003 had played in Harare and Bulawayo of Zimbabwe.

West Indies – 2007

West Indies acquired the chance to host the World Cup 2007 in their nation. 8 stadiums used to host 51 matches of the tournament. Kensington Oval hosted the final match of that World Cup.

Sri Lanka – 1996 and 2011

Sri Lanka has hosted 2 World Cups till now. They hosted the World Cup for the first time in 1996 with India and Pakistan as the co-host. They hosted 4 matches of that tournament, 3 in Colombo and 1 in Kandy. Sri Lanka hosted 2ndWorld Cup in 2011 with India and Bangladesh as their hosting partners.

Pakistan – 1987 and 1996

Pakistan hosted the World Cup with India in 1987 for the first time. 10 matches of that World Cup had played in Pakistan and the rest in India. For the 2nd time, Pakistan co-hosted the tournament in 1996 with India and Sri Lanka.

South Africa – 2003

South Africa was selected as the main host for World Cup 2003. However, few matches were also played in Zimbabwe and Kenya. Zimbabwe and Kenya hosted 6 and 2 matches, respectively. So the major part of the tournament was played in South Africa.12 venues were used in the tournament in which Durban and Johannes burg had been chosen as major grounds.

Australia and New Zealand – 1992 and 2015

New Zealand has hosted cricket World Cup for 2 times till now. They had hosted it in 1992 along with their neighbouring nation, Australia for the first time. In the year 2015, they again co-hosted the tournament with Australia for the second time.

India –1987, 1996 and 2011

India has hosted 3 out of the 11 World Cups until now. For the first time, India co-hosted the tournament in 1987 with Pakistan. The next 2 world cups hosted by India had been played in 1996 and 2011, respectively.

England – 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999

The first ever Cricket World Cup in the year 1975 had been hosted in England. They were the nation to host the most prestigious event in the history of cricket. They also have the record for hosting 4 World Cup tournaments so far. The first 3 World Cups were consecutively hosted by the England side in the year 1975, 1979 and 1983. They hosted their 4thcup in the year 1999. In all these 4 world cups, final matches were played in London.

England is going to host the world cup 2019 from this 30th May for the 5th time.

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CWC Fantasy – Most Individual Runs in a Series

Playing in world cup fantasy league is a lot of pressure for the cricketers. Many talented cricketers sometimes cannot cope up with a sort of pressure.

One bad inning of a batsman can prove disastrous for his team. This pressure even gets a boost if one team reaches the world cup cricket game final.

However, there are many batsmen who are comfortable in playing under pressure. Pressure brings out the best of these players, particularly in world cup fantasy game.

Let us take a look at those batsmen who have scored most runs in a single world cup tournament. Read on and start playing CWC fantasy cricket at 11Wickets.com, the most trusted fantasy sports platform of India.

Sachin Tendulkar – India

He is the most complete batsman and the most worshipped cricketer in the world. Sachin Tendulkar holds just about every batting record worth owning in the game, including most runs in a world cup series. During world cup 2003 in Kenya/South Africa/Zimbabwe, he scored 673 runs in 11 matches. His highest in series was 152 runs with an average of 61.18 and a strike rate of 89.25. So far, no one has surpassed his record.

Matthew Hayden – Australia

The left-handed Aussie batsman, Matthew Hayden believed in strength, both in mental and physical. His strength enabled him to touch the heights of batsmanship. During world cup 2007in West Indies, Hayden scored 659 runs in 11 matches. His highest in series was 158 runs with an average of 73.22 and a strike rate of 101.07.

Mahela Jayawardene – Sri Lanka

The former Sri Lankan skipper and right-handed batsman, Mahela Jayawardene had a huge appetite for runs and he proved this in the world cup. During world cup 2007 in West Indies, Jayawardene scored 548 runs in 11 matches. His highest in series was 115* runs with an average of 60.88 and a strike rate of 85.09.

Martin Guptill – New Zealand

Few players in world cricket play the short-arm pull on one leg with elegance like Martin Guptill plays. The right-handed opening Kiwi batsman, Guptill scored 547 runs in 9 matches during world cup 2015 in Australia/New Zealand. His highest in series was 237* runs with an average of 68.37 and a strike rate of 104.58.

Kumar Sangakkara – Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman, Kumar Sangakkara was another from the island nation with huge run appetite. During world cup 2015in Australia/New Zealand, Sangakkara scored 541 runs in 7 matches. His highest in series was 124 runs with an average of 108.20 and a strike rate of 105.87.

Ricky Ponting – Australia

The former Aussie skipper and top order right-handed batsman, Ricky Ponting was the most uncompromising player of his generation. He had led his nation to two world cup wins in 2003 and 2007. During world cup 2007in West Indies, Ponting scored 539 runs in 11 matches. His highest in series was 113 runs with an average of 67.37 and a strike rate of 95.39.

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CWC Fantasy – First 6 Centuries of World Cup Cricket 1975

So far the record has reached 165! Scoring a century on world cup fantasy game is one thing, which a batsman can do to put his name in the records books.

Fantasy cricket world cup is the biggest stage for a cricketer to showcase his skills with the bat and the ball. There is nothing more memorable for a cricketer to perform excellently that leave a mark in World cup history.

During the initial ODI fantasy world cup, hitting centuries were difficult. Though now it isn’t a difficult feat for the batsmen as the pitch condition all over the world has improved a lot from the older days.

Let us take a look at the first 5 centuries by cricketers during the initial world cup for all over CWC fantasy game users:

Dennis Amiss

The inaugural world cup in 1975 saw six centuries. This English right-handed batsman did well in his initial days of ODIs. Dennis Amiss’ name will ever remain recorded in the record book of the world cup. Why? He is the first batsman to hit a century in the world cup. The day was 7 June 1975 and the match was between England and India at Lord’s. Amiss hit 137 off 147 balls which included 18 fours. His had a strike rate of 93.19.

Glenn Turner

The Kiwiright handed batsman, Glen Turner is the second one in this list. He scored a century on the same day as Dennis Amiss in a different match. Practically, Turner had shared the honor with Amiss. On 7 June 1975, Turner scored a massive 171* runs off 201 balls at Birmingham against East Africa. His century included 16 boundaries and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 85.07.

Keith Fletcher

Another English right-handed batsman, Keith Fletcher is the third in this list. On 11 June 1975, Fletcher scored an impressive 131 runs off 147 balls at Nottingham against New Zealand. His century included 13 boundaries with a strike rate of 89.11.

Alan Turner

Australian left-hand opening steady rather than spectacular batsman, Alan Turner is the fourth in this list. On the same day as Fletcher,11 June 1975, Alan Turner scored a decent 101 runs off 113 balls at The Oval against Sri Lanka. His century included 9 boundaries and 1 six with a strike rate of 89.38.

Glenn Turner

New Zealand’s Glenn Turner is the sole batsman of world cup 1975 to hit two centuries in that year. On 14 June 1975, Glenn scored a massive 114* runs off 177 balls at Manchester against India. His century included 13 boundaries with a strike rate of 64.40.

Clive Lloyd

West Indies left-handed crucial hard-hitting batsman and one of the most successful captains in history, Clive Lloyd is the sixth in this list. On 21 June 1975, Lloyd scored a decent 102 runs off 85 balls at The Lord’s against Australia. His century included 12 boundaries and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 120.00.

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Fantasy World Cup 2019 – Great ODI Captains Never Won CWC

Have you participated in the fantasy world cup cricket games at India’s most trusted fantasy sports platform, 11wickets.com? Do you remember how much points your team captain brings for you? It is a 2X.

Perhaps cricket is the only sport where a team captain holds a very important space for the entire team. It is the most important job in cricket as decisions are taken by captain have a huge impact on the outcome of a match. We have seen many famous players take up the role of skipper in the world cup fantasy game. Some of them excel at it while some have crumbled under vast pressure which comes with the job.

Many skippers were largely successful throughout their career but failed to get their hands on the world cup fantasy league.

Here’s a look at four such great ODI captains who could not win a World Cup cricket game:

Stephen Fleming

The charismatic southpaw captained New Zealand for 10 years in a row from 1997 to 2007. His ice cool character and able man management skills were admired around the world.

The Black Caps finished in the top four when Fleming first captained in world cup 1999. In the World Cup 2003, New Zealand was knocked out in the Super Six stage after collapsing badly against Australia and India. During his last World Cup in 2007, Fleming led his team to the Semi-Final where they lost to Sri Lanka.

Hansie Cronje

South African skipper Hansie Cronje has been immensely successful in ODI matches. But his achievements were stained after his stunning admission of match-fixing in 2002. He has been one of the most hardworking and disciplined cricketers during his career who brought success for the Proteas.

In world cup 1996, he captained South African and reached to Quarter Finals but was knocked out by West Indies. In the 1999 World Cup, the Proteas side reached Semi Final but lost to Australia.

Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly took over the reins of the Indian team at the time when cricket had lost its glory due to match-fixing scandals. Ganguly brought a new aggressive enthusiasm in the team and under his captaincy, the team flourished in international cricket.

When he captained for his team in world cup 2003, the team was at its peak form. They reached the finals and faced Australia in the match. As the outcome of the match, India lost to Australia by 125 runs giving them scope to win their third title.

Graeme Smith

Smith was just 22 when he was given the responsibility of the South African team following the sudden death of Hansie Cronje. He brought respect for the Proteas in all formats of the game under his leadership.  During world cup 2007, the team reached the semi-finals and lost again to Australia. In the 2011 tournament, they reached to quarter-final but collapsed badly against New Zealand.

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Fantasy Cricket World Cup 2019 – The Stadiums of England

Cricket, the beautiful sport was born in England and they were the people publicizing it. Ever since the ODI fantasy world cup began in 1975, England hasn’t able to win the trophy for a single time.

England hosted this biggest international tournament, fantasy cricket world cup, consecutively three times in the initial years.

This cricket world cup 2019the nation is hosting the tournament for the 5th time, along with Wales. It is also seen as a favorite for winning the championship this time.

Let us take a look at the stadiums the matches of this world cup cricket game has been hosting:

1) Lord’s, London

It has been named as the ‘Home of Cricket’. This iconic cricket ground had been inaugurated in 1814. So far, Lord’s has hosted 10 Cricket World Cup matches, including the finals of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions. During this world cup, 5 matches are going to hold in Lord’s including the World Cup Final.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Lord’s:

  1. Sunday, June 23: Pakistan v South Africa, Match 30 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Tuesday, June 25: England v Australia, Match 32 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Saturday, June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Match 37 (6:00 pm IST)
  4. Friday, July 05: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Match 43 (3:00 pm IST)
  5. Sunday, July 14: TBC v TBC, Final (3:00 pm IST)

2) The Oval, London

The Oval, with a capacity of 25,000, is going to host 5 matches of the tournament, including the already hosted opener between England and South Africa. Established in 1845, the Oval is one of the oldest cricket grounds in the world. The Oval has played host to a number of big World Cup matches, with ten matches taking place at the venue during 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions.

World cup cricket matches schedule at the Oval:

  1. Thursday, May 30: England v South Africa, Match 1 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Sunday, June 02: South Africa v Bangladesh, Match 5 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Wednesday, June 05: Bangladesh v New Zealand, Match 9 (6:00 pm IST)
  4. Sunday, June 09: India v Australia, Match 14 (3:00 pm IST)
  5. Saturday, June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, Match 20 (3:00 pm IST)

3) Old Trafford, Manchester

Old Trafford is the busiest venue at the tournament, as it is hosting six games, including a semi-final. The ground, with a capacity of 19,000, will be the venue for the most-watched game when India takes on Pakistan on June 16. The ground has been used for World Cup matches in the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions of the tournament.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Old Trafford, Manchester

  1. Sunday, June 16: India vs Pakistan, Match 22 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Tuesday, June 18: England v Afghanistan, Match 24 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Saturday, June 22: Windies v New Zealand, Match 29 (6:00 pm IST)
  4. Thursday, June 27: Windies v India, Match 34 (3:00 pm IST)
  5. Saturday, July 06: Australia v South Africa, Match 45 (6:00 pm IST)
  6. Tuesday, July 09: 1st Semi-Final (teams to be decided) (3:00 pm IST)

4) Edgbaston, Birmingham

Established in 1886, the ground will host five games at the tournament, including one semi-final and the high-profile match of England and India. The ground has so far hosted four previous ICC Cricket World Cups and was a semi-final location in 1979, 1983 and 1999.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Edgbaston:

  1. Wednesday, June 19: New Zealand v South Africa, Match 25 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Wednesday, June 26: New Zealand v Pakistan, Match 33 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Sunday, June 30: England v India, Match 38 (3:00 pm IST)
  4. Tuesday, July 02: Bangladesh v India, Match 40 (3:00 pm IST)
  5. Thursday, July 11: 2nd Semi-Final (teams to be decided) (3:00 pm IST)

5) Trent Bridge, Nottingham

First opened in 1841, Trent Bridge is a truly historic cricket ground. It first hosted a one-day international in 1974 and has been used as a Cricket World Cup venue in the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions. The stadium has a capacity of 17,500 and will host five matches during the tournament.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Trent Bridge, Nottingham:

  1. Friday, May 31: Windies v Pakistan, Match 2 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Monday, June 03: England v Pakistan, Match 6 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Thursday, June 06: Australia v Windies, Match 10 (3:00 pm IST)
  4. June 13 Thursday: India v New Zealand, Match 18 (3:00 pm IST)
  5. Thursday, June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Match 26 (3:00 pm IST)

6) The Riverside Durham, Durham

The stadium, with a capacity of 14,000, will host three games at the World Cup 2019. Established in 1995, the Riverside Durham has previously hosted four world cup games in the 1999 edition.

World cup cricket matches schedule at The Riverside Durham:

  1. Friday, June 28: Sri Lanka v South Africa, Match 35 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Monday, July 01: Sri Lanka vWindies, Match 39 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Wednesday, July 03: England v New Zealand, Match 41 (3:00 pm IST)

7) Cardiff Wales Stadium

The Cardiff Wales Stadium has been a venue in the past for Cricket World Cup in 1999. The venue has short straight boundaries but very long square boundaries. During this tournament, the stadium will host four games.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Cardiff Wales Stadium:

  1. Saturday, June 01: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Match 3 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Tuesday, June 04: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Match 7 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Saturday, June 08: England v Bangladesh, Match 12 (3:00 pm IST)
  4. Saturday, June 15: South Africa v Afghanistan, Match 21 (3:00 pm IST)

8) Bristol County Ground

The Bristol County Ground will host three matches during the tournament. The ground has earlier hosted three World Cup matches – one match in 1983 and two in 1999. The ground, which first opened in 1889, has a capacity of 11,000 and is a perfectly circular area.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Bristol County Ground:

  1. Saturday, June 01: Afghanistan v Australia, Match 4 (6:00 pm IST)
  2. Friday, June 07: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Match 11 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Tuesday, June 11: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Match 16 (3:00 pm IST)

9) Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

The Hampshire Bowl is going to host the tournament for the first time this year, with five matches being played at this venue. The Hampshire Bowl, with a capacity of 17,000, was opened in 2001.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Hampshire Bowl:

  1. Wednesday, June 05: South Africa v India, Match 8 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Monday, June 10: South Africa v Windies, Match 15 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Friday, June 14: England v Windies, Match 19 (3:00 pm IST)
  4. Saturday, June 22: India v Afghanistan, Match 28 (3:00 pm IST)
  5. Monday, June 24: Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Match 31 (3:00 pm IST)

10) County Ground Taunton, Taunton

The County Ground Taunton will host three games. It has been in use since 1882 and has a capacity of 8,000. The first international game played here was during the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and then two matches were hosted by it in 1999.

World cup cricket matches schedule at County Ground Taunton:

  1. Saturday, June 08: Afghanistan v New Zealand, Match 13 (6:00 pm IST)
  2. Wednesday, June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Match 17 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Monday, June 17: Windies v Bangladesh, Match 23 (3:00 pm IST)

11) Headingley, Leeds

Headingley has been a venue in the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The ground, with a capacity of over 18,000, will host four ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches, including Afghanistan’s two round-robin fixtures.

World cup cricket matches schedule at Headingley, Leeds:

  1. Friday, June 21: England v Sri Lanka, Match 27 (3:00 pm IST)
  2. Saturday, June 29: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Match 36 (3:00 pm IST)
  3. Thursday, July 04: Afghanistan v Windies, Match 42 (3:00 pm IST)
  4. Saturday, July 06: Sri Lanka v India, Match 44 (3:00 pm IST)

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ODI Fantasy World Cup Recap – The Hat-Trick Heroes

Scoring a hat-trick is one of the most difficult achievements in a World Cup fantasy game!

Taking three wickets in three consecutive deliveries by a bowler demands concentration, skill, and immense patience. Picking a hat-trick is a huge achievement in ODI fantasy world cup.

Here is a list of bowlers who bagged this success in their bag during world cup fantasy cricket match.

Chetan Sharma (1987) v New Zealand

India’s paceman, Chetan Sharma, will forever have the honor of taking the first-ever world cup cricket game hat-trick. His dismissed Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith, and Ewen Chatfield.

Saqlain Mushtaq (1999) v Zimbabwe

The fans had to wait 12 years and three more editions of the World Cup for our next hat-trick, which came from Pakistan off-spinner SaqlainMushtaq.

He got Henry Olonga of Zimbabwe stumped by Moin Khan to set the ball rolling, before replicating the dismissal the next ball to get rid of Adam Huckle. He made sure of the hat-trick – and the win – by trapping PommieMbangwa lbw.

Chaminda Vaas (2003) v Bangladesh

With the opening three balls of Sri Lanka’s World Cup clash with Bangladesh, Vaas became the first person in history to take a hat-trick with the first three balls of an ODI.

Hannan Sarkar was first to fall, bowled by a classic Vaas in-swinger. Mohammad Ashraful was next, looping up an easy caught and bowled chance for Vaas before EhsanulHaque edged the hat-trick ball to Mahela Jayawardene in the slips.

Brett Lee (2003) v Kenya

Australian speedster Brett Lee grabbed the second hat-trick of the Cricket World Cup in 2003 against Kenya. Kenya opener, Kennedy Otieno, was the first victim, as he played onto his stumps off his elbow. Brijal Patel then nicked off to Ricky Ponting at second slip, before Lee sealed the hat-trick with an unplayable 96.6mph yorker to bowl David Obuya.

Lasith Malinga (2007) v South Africa & (2011) v Kenya

Lasith Malinga is the only man to have taken two Cricket World Cup hat-tricks, taking his first against South Africa in 2007. Malinga clean bowled Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis andMakhayaNtini, but couldn’t stop South Africa reaching their target with a wicket to spare.

In 2011, Malinga dismissed Tanmay Mishra, Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche of Kenya in 2 separate overs.

Kemar Roach (2011) v Netherlands

Kemar Roach became the first West Indian to take a World Cup hat-trick with his effort against the Netherlands in 2011. Pieter Seelaar was Roach’s first victim, trapped in front for 1, with Bernard Loots also lbw to his first ball. Roach sealed the game, and his hat-trick, in style, uprooting BerendWestdijk’s middle stump to spark huge West Indian celebrations.

Steven Finn (2015) v Australia

Steven Finn became the first Englishman to take a World Cup hat-trick thanks to his final-over effort against Australia at the Cricket World Cup in 2015. He clean bowled Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Johnson.

JP Duminy (2015) v Sri Lanka

South Africa’s JP Duminy also claimed the honor in 2015 against Sri Lanka. He dismissed Angelo Mathews, NuwanKulasekara andTharinduKaushal and created a hat-trick.

Mohammed Shami (2019) v Afghanistan

The talented Indian pacer, Mohammed Shami has become the second bowler from India to claim the honor of hat-trick wicket against Afghanistan in the recent world cup match. This feat has been achieved by any Indian after 32 years of Chetan Sharma’s hat-trick. He took the wickets of Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman on the go.

*Records have been compiled as on June 28, 2019

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CWC Fantasy – Highest Wicket Takers in 11 Editions

The 12th edition of the cricket world cup is on-going in England and Wales. The cricket fans from around the world had been waiting for the CWC fantasy tournament to begin.

A brilliant bowling squad has always been a common attribute of all those world cup fantasy cricket match teams who have lifted up the trophy earlier.

Today we will travel down the memory lane and learn about the highest wicket-takers in 11 editions of world cup fantasy game.

Gary Gilmour (Australia) – WC 1975

During the first edition of the fantasy world cup in 1975, the left-handed Australian pacer Gary Gilmour became the highest wicket-taker. He took 11 wickets by playing just 2 matches. In the group stages, he had not been picked in the playing eleven.

Mike Hendricks (England) – WC 1979

In the second edition of the world cup, it was English pacer Mike Hendricks to become the highest wicket taker of the tournament. Hendricks played 5 matches and took 10 wickets. He was a consistent player throughout the tournament.

Roger Binny (India) – WC 1983

India won the world cup in 1983, the third edition of the world cup for the first time. Roger Binny, the right arm medium Indian pacer became the highest wicket-taker of 1983 tournament. He took 18 wickets in the 8 matches he played.

Craig Mcdermott (Australia) – WC 1987

Australia won their first world cup trophy during this year. The Aussie pacer Craig Mcdermott became the highest wicket taker of the tournament. He played a crucial role for his nation in the world cup. Mcdermott took 18 wickets in the 8 matches he played.

Wasim Akram (Pakistan) – WC 1992

In 1992 world cup, Wasim Akram from Pakistan became the highest wicket-taker. Pakistan became the cricket world champion that year and took the trophy home. Akram played 10 matches and took 18 wickets.

Anil Kumble (India) – WC 1996

During the sixth world cup edition, Indian legendary leg spinner became the highest wicket-taker. He played 7 matches and took 15 wickets.

Geoff Allott (New Zealand) & Shane Warne (Australia) – WC 1999

During the seventh edition of the world cup in 1999, two bowlers shared the honor of highest wicket-taker. The left-arm Kiwi pacer, Geoff Allott and Australian leg spinner, Shane Warne took 20 wickets each. They played 9 matches and 10 matches respectively.

Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) – WC 2003

During world cup 2003, the Sri Lankan left-arm pacer reached the highest wicket-taker spot. He took 23 wickets in 10 matches but despite his terrific performance, the Lankans lost in the tournament.

Glenn McGrath (Australia) – WC 2007

The renowned Australian pacer, Glenn McGrath became the highest wicket-taker of the 2007 world cup. He played 11 matches and took 26 wickets during the entire tournament and led his nation to win the 4th trophy and complete their winning hat-trick.

Zaheer Khan (India) & Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) – WC 2011

Again during the tenth world cup edition in 2011, two bowlers shared the top spot of highest wicket-takers. Zaheer Khan from India&ShahidAfridi from Pakistan took 21 wickets each. They played 9 matches and 8 matches respectively.

Mitchell Starc (Australia) & Trent Boult (New Zealand) – WC 2015

The terrific performances by Mitchell Starc of Australia& Trent Boult of New Zealand reach the top spot during 2015 world cup. Both of them took 22 wickets each during the tournament. Starc played 8 wickets and Boult played in 9 wickets.

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CWC Fantasy: 4 Amazing Coincidences in its History

Do you know the most prestigious trophy in the history of cricket? Yes, it is the CWC Fantasy game! Right from its inception in 1975 to the last world cup in 2015, the tournament has gone through some historic moments.

West Indies dominated the first two editions of the ODI fantasy world cup. And India surprised all by winning the third one. They took their maiden trophy home during the 3rd edition of the world cup in 1983. During the next world cup in 1987, Australia won their first trophy out of the five they have won so far. They have been the most consistent team in the history of the tournament. The next world cup trophy was won by Pakistan in 1992 and in 1996 Sri Lanka won the title.

India became the first hosts to win the tournament in 2011 and Australia followed their footsteps in 2015.

Fantasy cricket world cup has gone through many highs and lows over the years. The event has seen its own share of co-incidences too. Here is a look at four such incidences:

Nuwan Kulasekara – Bowled the last ball of WC 2011 and the first ball of WC 2015:

NuwanKulasekara of Sri Lankan team is the holder of a unique world cup cricket match record. He bowled the last ball of world cup 2011 and the first ball of 2015 tournament.

During WC 2011 finals, Sri Lankan team batted first and scored 274. India chased the score and reached it in 48.2 overs. Indian skipper MSDhoni smashed Kulasekara for a six and led Indian team to their second World Cup triumph. Four years later in 2015 WC, the first ball was also bowled Kulasekara against New Zealand.

Marvan Atapattu- Did not play a single game in WC 1996 and 2007:

Marvan Atapattu had not been included in the playing XI of world cup 1996, though he was in the world cup squad. Also, his indifferent form led him to not getting in the world cup 2007. Sri Lanka won the title in 1996 and reached the finals in 2007.

Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan: Different country, different nation

Ed Joyce played for England in the world cup 2007 and Eoin Morgan wore Irish Jersey at the same year in the Caribbean. Four years later, during the World Cup 2011, Morgan played for England and Joyce represented Ireland.

In 2015 as well, Morgan represented the England team and he was the skipper of the team. Joyce played for Ireland. At this world cup 2019, Morgan is again leading England team whereas Joyce has taken retirement from international cricket.

Graham Gooch- Lost 3 World Cup finals in 3 decades:

Losing a World Cup final is always unsatisfactory. But, losing it three times across three decades is truly upsetting. That is what happened with England’s legend Graham Gooch. Gooch featured in three World Cup finals (1979, 1987 and 1992)and lost them all.

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ODI Fantasy World Cup –Most Economical Bowlers

It is not easy for bowlers in ODI fantasy world cup to dry up runs when the batsmen are always looking out for runs.

World cup 2019 has been giving total excitement to the world cup fantasy cricket game lovers of 11wickets.com, most trusted fantasy cricket platform of India. The teams are having a blast competing with each other, especially the strongest contender of the trophy.

Hence, along with the batsmen, the bowlers are as well as contributing their best for their teams to win any day match. And for these fantasy cricket world cup bowlers, their economy is the weapon to restrict the opponent batsmen.

Here is a list of 6 most economical bowlers from the beginning of the world cup cricket match in 1975. Read on below:

Andy Roberts – West Indies

Deadpan and deadly Windies bowler, Sir Andy Roberts was an intelligent cricketer with a fertile brain. While on crease he planned well the downfall of opponent batsmen. He participated in 3 world cups from 1975 to 1985 and was the part of 2 world cup winning squad of his side. In 16 WC matches, Andy bowled 170.1 overs taking 26 wickets and giving 29 maidens with 552 runs. His best bowling innings is 3/32 with an average of 21.23. His is the most economical bowler so far having the rate of 3.24 and a strike rate of 39.2.

Ian Botham – England

One of the finest all-rounders of all time, the English cricketer Sir Ian Botham is a second economical bowler. He participated in 4 world cups from 1979 to 1992. In 22 WC matches, Botham bowled 222.0 overs taking 30 wickets and giving 33 maidens with762 runs. His best bowling innings is 4/31 with an average of 25.40. His is the second most economical bowler so far having the rate of 3.43 and a strike rate of 44.4.

Gavin Larsen – New Zealand

The name of Gavin Larsen was synonymous with ODIs in New Zealand. He had been the part of three consecutive world cups squad from 1992 to 1999. In 19 WC matches, Larsen bowled 170.0 overs taking 18 wickets and giving 12 maidens with599 runs. His best bowling innings is 3/16 with an average of 33.27. His is the third most economical bowler so far having the rate of 3.52 and a strike rate of 56.6.

John Traicos – Zimbabwe

A disciplined and accurate offspinner, John Traicos is one of international cricket’s most unusual members from the Zimbabwe team. He played in world cups from 1983 to 1992. In 20 WC matches, Traicosbowled 188.0 overs taking 16 wickets and giving 13 maidens with673 runs. His best bowling innings is 3/35 with an average of 42.06. His is the fourth economical bowler so far having the rate of 3.57 and a strike rate of 70.5.

Shaun Pollock – South Africa

A genuine South African all-rounder, Shaun Pollock had participated in world cup from 1996 to 2007. In 31 WC matches, Pollock bowled 269.0 overs taking 31 wickets and giving 37 maidens with970 runs. His best bowling innings is 5/36 with an average of 31.29. His is the fifth economical bowler so far having the rate of 3.60 and a strike rate of 52.0.

Kapil Dev – India

The greatest pace bowler India has produced, KapilDev was the skipper of Indian world cup winning team in 1983. He participated in the world cups from 1979 to 1992. In 26 WC matches, KapilDev bowled 237.0 overs taking 28 wickets and giving 27 maidens with892 runs. His best bowling innings is 5/43 with an average of 31.85. His is the fifth economical bowler so far having the rate of 3.76 and a strike rate of 50.7.

*Records have been compiled as on May 22, 2019

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