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 Record : The Firsts in the History of Cricket

Cricket is the most admired sport for this planet. We cannot deny that fact. Along with with the game, its history is too interesting and a matter of curiosity for the current generation. Many of us play online fantasy cricket, without knowing about the deeper connections of this sport to the players.

Let’s go back to history today and dig out some of the first recorded. All those who take interest in the sport and those who play daily fantasy cricket games know, when was it first played internationally, hence we are not getting to that part. Just have a read on and play fantasy cricket at 11wickets app only:

First 10 wickets haul in test cricket

Jim Laker, the English Cricketer playing for Surrey County Cricket Club, took 10 wickets on a dusty pitch at Old Trafford in 1956 against Australia. He took 9 wickets for 37 and Australian team playing the Ashes was out for 84 at the first innings and delivered a perfect 10 during the 2nd one. 51.2-23-53-10 was his final score at the end of the 2nd innings.

First hat-trick in test

Frederick Spofforth, the Australian fast bowler and one of the greatest bowler of 19th century took three wicket in three balls at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the one-off test. His bowling led England to 26 for 7 in that innings.

First triple century in test

Andy Sandham, the Surrey opener, will be remembered for his first triple century in test cricket. This English cricket scored an unbeatable 325 runs in 1930 against West Indies at Sabina Park. Because of his score, England’s total score went to 849 in the 1st innings.

First 300 in a day

Don Bradman, the Don of cricket and the Australian international cricketer who is acknowledged as the greatest cricketer of all time, is the one to score 309 on the first day in Headingley against England at the Ashes before tea break.

First test hundred before lunch

Victor Trumper, the Australian versatile batsman, shone brightest during the wet summer Manchester Test in 1902, when he made 104 in two hours. By lunch, he had taken Australia to 173 for 1 in the test innings.

First to hit sixes in an over

Garry Sobers, the West Indies batsman, was captaining Nottinghamshire in a county game against Glamorgan in 1968. He was the first to hit 6 sixes in an over and make 36 runs.

These are not all the firsts in cricket. There are many more we haven’t mentioned. And those will take another post, which might come again soon!

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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.

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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 – Delve into the Unfamiliar World of Cricket Terms

Lappa, Fritz, Kolpak, Jockstrap, Nibble, Mullygrubber, Brace, Waft, Cow corner, Xavier Tras….. Any guesses which game we are talking about? If you are a cricket or fantasy cricket fan and yet most of these terms are a head-scratcher to you, then this post is just for you.

For playing fantasy cricket games, you need to stay aware of the terms used in this sport. Play and win lots of exciting cash prizes at 11wickets.com

Read on a few of the unknown terms used in online fantasy cricket games.

Yips

Yips are occasionally experienced by bowlers suffering from a loss of confidence. A psychological condition in which the bowler is unable relax sufficiently while delivering the ball, frequently holding the ball for too long before releasing  it, losing flight, turning and accuracy in the procedure. Many bowlers have been known to suffer from the Yips for as small as a few overs, up to the course of an entire season or more.

Pie Chucker or Pie Thrower

This is the term used for a poor bowler, normally of slow or medium pace whose deliveries are tripped so much as to appear like a pie in the air. It is regarded easy to score off by a batsman. This one was famously used by English batsman Kevin Pietersen to refer to the part time left arm arm orthodox spin of Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.

Jaffa (Corker)

It is the term used for an exceptionally well bowled, practically unplayable delivery, usually but not always from a fast bowler. It is taken from the idea that a ‘Jaffa’ is the best type of Orange.

Agricultural shot

This is a swing across the line of the ball (resembling a scything motion) played without much technique. It is often one that results in a chunk of the pitch being dug up by the bat, or that winds up with the ball going to Cow Corner (Q.V.). It’s actually a slog, a mistimed slog rather.

Mankading

The running-out of a non-striking batsman who leaves his crease before the bowler has released the ball. It is named after Vinoo Mankad, an Indian bowler, who controversially used this method in a Test match. This is relatively common in indoor cricket and is noted separately from run outs, though almost unheard of in first-class cricket.

Perhapser

This term is mostly used by the Australian cricketers since 1930s. It is a risky and erratic stroke by a batsman.

Lolly

A lolly is an easy catch. The term originated in the early 1920s and might come from lollipop or loll, to hang loosely or be suspended. Other words for easy catches include dolly, gaper and percher.

Red-Inker

A red-inker is an undefeated batsman or batsman who remains not out in his innings. The term originates from the practice of using red ink to enter undefeated innings in a scorebook.

Snickometer

The Snickometer, also known as the Snicko, is an audio and visual slow-motion device invented in the 1990s by British computer scientist Alan Paskett. The Snicko allows umpires to determine whether or not the ball has touched the bat or batsman, which in turn determines whether or not a batsman is out.

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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 Record – Bizarre Facts, Figures & Incidents

International cricket has survived 138 years approximately now. It has too many memories, records and facts in its name. While people will never stop crazing on this sport, they will also not stop playing the online fantasy cricket games, which allows them to take an active part in the sport of cricket online.

The long duration of international cricket has led to the peculiar happening and great records. Let us explore those, and who knows, the facts, records and incidents might help us in playing Indian fantasy cricket and understand a team or player we are intending to include in our team.

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Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has the status of a demi-god in the cricket world. There is hardly anything we don’t know about him. But, one thing about him is likely unknown. Over 99% of the cricketers to earn ODI caps have not scored even half as many runs as Sachin has.

Longest surname of a Fijian cricketer

A first-class Fijian cricketer has the longest surname ever. The cricketer is IL Bula, the easy short form of a name Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamaineiilikenamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau. And don’t think we made this up. You can search Google and see that the name translates to “returned alive from Nankula hospital at Lakeba island in the Lau group.” Wondering how to pronounce it? We haven’t even tried!

Paranormal Laker

You may know that Jim Laker of the English team took 19 wickets against Australia during the Old Trafford Test of 1956. But, a lesser-known fact is that Laker recorded 10 wickets for 20 runs from 63 balls over the two innings during one stage, with an average of 2 and a strike rate of 6.3.

Cricket and the pharaoh

John Traicos has something fascinating for us. He is the player to have been born in one nation, Egypt and playing for two others. He played test cricket for Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Oldest test debutant

England’s James Southerton was 49 years and 119 days old at the time of his Test debut. He debuted against Australia in 1877 during the first-ever test match and was the oldest test debutant ever.

Unluckiest bowler

The award of unluckiest bowler goes to Mushtaq Ahmed of Pakistan. Bowling to Symcox, Ahmed bowled a ball which passed between middle and off stump without dislodging a bail.

Brian Close and ‘2’

Brian Close of English Cricket team has an amazing connection with number 2. He played 22 tests in his career of 27 years. During this span, he missed the scope of playing in exactly 222 tests.

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Fantasy Cricket: All-time Strongest ODI all-rounders

ODI cricket has evolved over the years and has been entertaining for us. No matter how many formats are to come in future, ODI format will still be adored. Well, not just in the real matches, ODI is much adored in the India fantasy cricket matches as well.

The all-rounders are a rare thing in international cricket and can win the games with both the bat and ball. They are priceless for any team. They mostly play the combined role of batsman, bowler and fielder. In fantasy cricket as well, we can choose up to 3 all-rounders.

Bury your attention here to explore a few greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket. And the next time you make your fantasy cricket league at India’s best platform, 11wickets.com, ensure to select a team comprising the best all-rounder of today’s era.

Sir Viv Richards

Sir Viv Richards, the outgoing West Indies right-handed batsman, played between the years 1975 – 1991. In a total of 187 matches, he made 6721 runs, took 118 wickets and 100 catches. Richards’ highest ODI score is 189* with an average of 47.00.

Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev was the greatest pace bowler India has produced and greatest fast-bowling all-rounder. He played between the years 1978 – 1994. In a total of 225 matches, he made 3783 runs, took 253 wickets and 71 catches. Kapil Dev’s highest ODI score is 175* with an average of 23.79.

Allan Border

This former Australian skipper and all-rounder, Allan Border played ODI between the years 1979 – 1994. In a total of 273 matches, he made 6524 runs, took 73 wickets and 127 catches. Border’s highest ODI score is 127* with an average of 30.62.

Saleem Malik

Saleem Malik, the gifted all-rounder of Pakistan played between the years 1982 – 1999. In a total of 283 matches, he made 7170 runs, took 89 wickets and 81 catches. Malik’s highest ODI score is 102 with an average of 32.88.

Arjuna Ranatunga

Arjuna Ranatunga is a stockily-built left-handed former batsman and all-rounder who led Sri Lanka to their greatest cricketing success, the 1996 World Cup. Often he was regarded as the captain cool by his teammates and the Sri Lankan cricket fans. He played between the years 1982 – 1999. In a total of 269 matches, he made 7456 runs, took 79 wickets and 63 catches. Ranatunga’s highest ODI score is 131* with an average of 35.84.

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Fantasy Football – 5 Haunted Football Stadiums

We can find ardent football fans all around the world, cheering the footballers from the stadiums stands. Also, football stadiums around the world are filled with memories for the fantasy football fans.

In addition, a number of football venues carry a haunted ambiance around their history. The fantasy premier league fans can find some of the famous stadiums of England, in particular, having haunted pasts.

Moreover, let us take a look at the stadiums having interesting haunted tales. Read them on and play fantasy football leagues at 11wickets.com

Highbury Stadium – Arsenal FC

The former home of Arsenal FC, Highbury Stadium is haunting by Herbert Chapman, Arsenal’s most successful pre-war manager. Many spotted him on the grounds of this former stadium with a horse that died during construction. In addition to Chapman’s presence, Highbury Stadium also features the ashes of other Arsenal fan. Furthering the suspicion of a supernatural presence at this site.

St. Mary’s Stadium – Southampton FC

Southampton fans visiting St. Mary’s stadium home find themselves anxiously alarmed by the presence of spirits moving objects within the venue. To combat this presence, an actual witch brought in to ward off the spirits and bring tranquillity to the fans.

Stadium of Light – Sunderland AFC

Years ago, staff members at the Stadium of Light spotted a dim shape in a stadium corridor. Shortly thereafter, Sunderland’s then-striker, Stephen Elliot, witnessed the same figure. Causing a number of teammates to believe the venue really haunted. The spirit haunting this venue believes of 18th-century French sailor naming Spotted who guides ships to crash into coastal rocks.

Madejski Stadium – Reading FC

Near the home stadium of Reading FC lies the spirit of King Henry I whose remains were discovered by archaeologists. Following these findings near Madejski Stadium, Reading FC has seen a significant fall from English Premier League. This led some to blame the king for a losing record.

Stamford Bridge – Chelsea FC

Not all haunted sports venues have a spooky ambiance, Stamford Bridge has its own spirit that actually is said to bring joy to witnesses. Smiling Man is well known to Chelsea fans to bring positive outcomes to the lives of anyone who experiences him. A woman who attended a Chelsea game with her husband and saw Smiling Man actually won a new car from a raffle she entered at Stamford Bridge!

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Fantasy Cricket: Most Dominant Cricket Team in History

Online fantasy cricket players tend to find themselves hooked up with the teams or players who play dominantly in the field.

Year 2019 is going to be a busy year for the cricket fans as well as the daily fantasy cricket lovers. Why? The reason is that it being the year of ICC World Cup. The excitement of all the cricket and fantasy cricket lovers will reach at the height.

We know you are taking the preparations from now, planning how to take leave from work and studies to watch the matches and also making plans to create your playing XI at 11wicket.com and play fantasy cricket games in between you work. Today let’s take a look at the dominant teams in the history of cricket. Read on:

England (1910 – 1914)

The English team playing between 1910 and 1914 was one of the best squads to have played the game. This team led frequently by Johnny Douglas and got 14 wins in 21 matches.

Frederick Fane and Shrimp Leveson Gower couldn’t encourage their team as they lost 2-3 in tour to South Africa. With the home team packing up the fourth Test in only 3 days. Johnny Douglas then stood up and accepted responsibility of leading the team. Team composed of players such as Jack Hobbs, Sydney Barnes and Wilfred Rhodes to get back the Ashes in 1911-12.

Australia (1930 – 1952)

Australian team proved their dominancy in the cricket world for a longer period. Sensibly named as ‘Invincibles’, Australian cricket team of 1930s and 1940s won 46 out of the 70 Tests they played. They were defeated in just 12. During these 12 years, they were engaged in 15 Test series in which they come about victorious on 13 times.

Don Bradman was the man of their success, who averaged 103.63 at No. 3. The Australians appeared as an encouraged bunch of talented cricketers who just refused to admit defeat. In fact, the spinners who took 344 wickets and the combination of Keith Miller, Ray Lindwall and Bill Johnston guaranteed that they were well-equipped in every department. During this team’s domination time, the only challengers were England and West Indies.

South Africa (late 1965 – 1970)

South African era began from late 1965 and went till 1970. When Peter van de Merwe overtook the reins from Trevor Goddard soon after a devastating series against England in 1965, there was little hope for renewal. What ensued signalled the start of a new era in South African cricket, prior to their hopes were smashed with the overall talent pool of the country victimized by the government’s apartheid plan.

After being successful at three-match series in England 1-0, South Africa came home to defeat Australia 3-1 in a five-Test encounter. Two years later on, led by the talented Ali Bacher, they handed Bill Lawry’s Australia a resounding 4-0 whitewash. In the 12 matches played during that time, South Africa won 8 and dropped only one match.

After that the fierce duo of Mike Procter and Peter Pollock heightened Bacher’s bowling attack. The batting continued in safe hands – those of Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards. The former being commended by none other than Bradman. Eddie Barlow’s all-rounder features summed up the line-up that influenced cricketing world, although for a very short period.

West Indies (1976 – 1995)

No one, who had ever read the names of Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Michael Holding, would question about the talents of the 1980s West Indian side. Batting with no helmets against these merciless pacers who spared no respite from dangerous bouncers was similar to hiking a steep cliff on high heels while death beckoned from below.

Under the captaincy of Clive Lloyd, who collaborated the islanders under a solo West Indies team, the Caribbeans surfaced successful in 36 of the 74 matches with a win-loss ratio of 3.00. That, in turn, served as the research to Sir Vivian Richards’s team that won 40 of the 69 Tests between February 1981 and December 1989 with a staggering win-loss ratio of 5.71.

Australia (1999 – 2008)

How can we forget about the Australian team of the period from 1999 to 2008? The Australian team of 2007-08 continues to be the highest rated team in history, according to the ICC rankings.

It is barely without reason that many regard Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting’s men to be the best ever to rule any of the cricket field in the entire world. This era not only gave birth to legends such as Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath, but also observed the beginning of stylishly ruthless batsmen such as Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn and Matthew Hayden who totally changed the conception of playing the game.

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Fantasy Football – Sikkim Sniper of Indian Football

Football – often known as the beautiful game. And this is for a reason. You can play the game almost anywhere with just a football at your feet, even play online fantasy football games.

We have seen kids playing on Indian streets with empty cans, bottles or even rocks. Since, the arrival of online football games in India, more and more football fans prefer participating in the game sitting in their living room.

Once you begin playing fantasy football leagues at 11wickets.com, you need to know about the football players who are the gem of the nation. India’s dream of participating at football world cup depends on the contribution of star Indian players.

Read on about Baichung Bhutia, the star of the Indian football team. And do not forget to include him in your fantasy premier league team next time.

Baichung Bhutia, the Sikkim sniper, as he called throughout his long two-decade career stood out amongst his peers. And he became the legendary footballer of modern India. He is the poster boy of Indian football Team all over the world. Born on December 15, 1976, in Tinkitam, a small village in south Sikkim, Bhutia was a top-class athlete as kid. And along with football also played Badminton and Basketball.

His parents got concerned with his obsession for soccer as he wasn’t paying enough attention to studies. But his Uncle Karma Bhutia kept encouraging him and helped him get a Scholarship at the Tashi Namgyal Academy in Sikkim. He impressed one and all with his abilities there and soon made it into the SAI centre in Gangtok. That was just the beginning, rest is just history.

Career of Baichung Bhutia

Baichung Bhutia started playing as a striker and caught the attention of everybody for the first time at the Subroto Cup 1992 held at Delhi, wherein he was bestowed upon the Best Player award. Bhaskar Ganguly, the former goalkeeper of the Indian Football team was especially impressed by his talent and supported him to move ahead to professional Football. On the field, Bhaichung continued to impress and made rapid strides.

In 1994, he top scorer in the Kolkata first division for East Bengal club with a healthy return of fourteen goals, also won the best player in the league awards. Baichung Bhutia got transferred from East Bengal to the ambitious JCT in 1995. With them he won the first ever National Football League in 1996-97, again winning the Golden Boot as he scored 14 goals in 20 appearances. He created history by becoming the youngest player to have ever scored for India by slotting home the winner against the Uzbeks. He was just 19 at that time.

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