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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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 Cricket World Cup: Australian Team Records

The Defending champions Australia has an outstanding history in the cricket world cup fantasy league. In 2007, Australia became the first cricket nation to win three consecutive world cup tournaments.

In earlier 11 world cups, they have won 5 world cup fantasy cricket game. The men in green and yellow have made a strong case for themselves ever since the 1987 world cup win. Australia won its first world cup under the leadership of Allan Border. Ever since there has been no looking back for the nation.

Each generation, the Australian cricket setup throws up special talents that take the center stage to be counted amongst the best players of that era. Australia is always a tough opponent to beat. They always tend to emerge as a strong contender to stake a claim for the fantasy world cup.

Let us relive their dominance in fantasy cricket world cup with records held by the Australian team and enjoy playing online cricket at India’s best platform, 11Wickets.com.

Leading run-getter

Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting is the leading run-getter in the world cups for the nation. He has scored 1743 runs in 46 matches at an average of 45.86 with five centuries and six half-centuries. He is followed by Adam Gilchrist scoring 1085 runs at an average of 36.16 and Mark Waugh scoring 1004 at 52.84. They have secured second and third spot.

Most runs in a single edition

Matthew Hayden’s tally of 659 runs at the 2007 World Cup is most by an Australian batsman in a single edition. He struck three centuries and a fifty averaging 73.22.

Best batting average

Andrew Symonds who averages an astonishing 103 from 13 innings has the best average among the Aussies. Clarke follows with at second with 63.42 at second followed by Steve Smith (56.87)

Most sixes

Ponting, the three-time world cup winner, has hit the most no. of sixes with 31 followed by Hayden (23) and Gilchrist (19). He also jointly holds the record for most sixes in an innings alongside Gilchrist with eight which he smashed against India in the 2003 World Cup final.

Highest run in a match

David Warner blasted 178 off 133 against Afghanistan in the 2015 edition which is the highest by an Australian at the event. Hayden with 158 vs West Indies in 2007 and Gilchrist with 149 vs Sri Lanka in 2007 final completed the top-three.

Highest wicket-taker

Glenn McGrath leads the wicket charts with 71 scalps in 39 matches spread across four editions. His tally is also the all-time best in world cup history. He averages 18.19 and boasts of an economy of 3.96. Next on the list is Brett Lee with 35 wickets in 17 matches followed by Brad Hogg who took 34 wickets in 21 matches.

Highest wicket-taker in a single edition

McGrath also holds the record for most wickets in an edition – 26 wickets at 13.73 at the ICC World Cup 2007. Shaun Tait with 23 wickets (WC 2007) and Lee with 22 wickets (WC 2003) occupy the second and third spot respectively

Best bowling figures

With 7/15 vs Namibia in February 2003, McGrath also has the all-time bowling figures in world cup history. Andy Bichel emulated his tally in the same edition with seven wickets against England but McGrath edges ahead having given five fewer runs.

Best bowling average

Nathan Bracken has the best bowling average of 16.12 among the bowlers with 10 matches being the minimum cut-off. Lee (17.97) and McGrath (18.19) are at the second and third position respectively.

Best strike-rate

With a minimum cut-off of 10 matches, Lee has the best strike-rate among the bowlers with 23.5 in 17 matches followed by Shaun Tait (24) and Bracken (26.8)

5-wicket hauls

Gary Gilmour and McGrath each have two five-wicket hauls – the joint-most among the Australians. Mitchell Marsh, Alan Hurst, Ken MacLeay, Andy Bichel, Starc, Dennis Lillee, Damien Fleming, Brett Lee and Craig McDermott are the others to have taken the five-wicket haul

Most dismissals as wicketkeeper

Gilchrist, with 52 dismissals (45 catches, 7 stumpings) leads the wicketkeeping charts followed by Brad Haddin’s 29 (all catches) and Ian Healy’s 21 (18 catches, three stumpings)

Most catches by a fielder

For a non-keeper, Ponting has also taken the most catches – 28 – which is also the most by any player in the history of the showpiece event

Highest partnership

Warner and Smith combined to add 260 for the second wicket against Afghanistan in Perth in March 2015 which is the highest ever partnership for any wicket by an Australian pair at the quadrennial tourney.

Most world cup appearances

Ponting’s 46 world cup appearances are also the most from his country. He has also led them in 29 matches which is also a world cup record.

Match record

Overall, Australia has played 85 matches, winning 61, losing 21, one ending in a tie and two producing no results.

Highest team total

417/6 is vs Afghanistan is Australia’s and World Cup’s highest team total. Their biggest victory margin (in terms of runs) also is against Afghanistan – 275 runs which are a world cup record.

*Records have been compiled as on June 11, 2019

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World Cup Fantasy Cricket – Indian Cricket Team Record

India, no doubt is one of the successful teams in world cup cricket match. The world has already seen the team conquering the throne twice in 1983 and 2011.

Our nation has marked some brilliant records in the biggest tournament of cricket. With each passing world cup fantasy cricket, cricket fans witness many records. The major tournament, which is in its 12th season, has seen a lot of premium performances so far.

But there are some records in the fantasy world cup made by Indian cricketers which are simply astounding. Virat Kohli and Co. will try to make some new records in this edition as well.

We all love keeping track of records, don’t we? Check out the Indian cricket team records in fantasy cricket world cup. And enjoy playing online cricket at the favorite 11wickets.com, the most trusted fantasy cricket platform of India. Read on:

Maiden overs by Bishan Bedi

The left-arm orthodox from Punjab, nicknamed as Bishu was part of the Indian squad during 1975 World Cup. Bedi bowled two maiden overs in a single game against East Africa. From last 11 World Cup editions, this record is untouched. Not a single bowler has achieved this awe-struck feat in the tournament.

God of records, Sachin Tendulkar

The “Master Blaster” of Indian and international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar dominates nearly 50% of the world cup records. He is the only cricket persona who has achieved two “Man of the Match” awards before the age of 20. Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in the tournament and in a single edition of the tournament.

Most catches in a single match

Do you remember the enthusiastic and best fielder from 2000s era? Yes, you guessed right. We are talking about Mohammed Kaif. He has the most catches in a single match. He has four catches in his bag against Sri Lanka in world cup 2003. The record is shared by SoumyaSarkar of Bangladesh against Scotland in 2015 and Umar Akmal of Pakistan against Ireland in 2015.

Incredible feats by beloved “Dada”

The beloved “Dada” of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly has participated in three world cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007. He led the Indian team in 2003 and reached the finals for the first time since 1983. In the history of the tournament, Ganguly holds an exclusive record of involving in three 200+ partnership.

Highest average of Indian batsman

Have you ever heard about the batsman bagging runs at an average of 113? Though this is tough, India’s legendary Sunil Gavaskar holds this unique record. With two not-outs in three matches of world cup 1975, he has the highest average of 113. This record has not been touched by any other Indian batsman so far.

Leading wicket-takers

Two men, one with lethal left-arm swing and other concentrating on line and length, share this record. JavagalSrinath and Zaheer Khan, these two are the proud bowlers of the Indian team and the joint leading wicket-taker. They took 44 wickets each at the world cup during their career. Zaheer Khan’s 44 came from 23 matches whereas Srinath’s total resulted from 34 matches. Khan took 21 wickets alone in world cup 2011 when India won the trophy.

Best bowling figures

Ashish Nehra, the left-arm fast bowler recorded the best bowling figures for India in the World Cup. He bowled superb spell of 6 for 23 against England at the 2003 World Cup which.

Unique record by KapilDev

He is the man who changed the face of Indian cricket. He has given the Indian cricket fans something to cherish generation after generation. Under KapilDev’s leadership, India won the world cup trophy and he is still the youngest captain to lift the trophy. He was 24 years, 5 months and 19 days old then.

India’s successful wicket-keeper

MS Dhoni, the skipper in the 2011 and 2015 World Cup, is India’s most successful wicketkeeper with 32 dismissals. Dhoni has held 27 catches and made five stumpings at the tournament.

Biggest win of India

India’s biggest World Cup win came over Bermuda in world cup 2007 when they beat them by 257 runs. India put up the mammoth total of 413 runs. It happened due to Sehwag’s blistering 114 in 87 balls. In a return, Bermuda was all-out on a mere total of 156.

*Records have been compiled as on June 11, 2019

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7 CWC Fantasy Records Impossible to Break

After the breath-taking wait of 4 years, world cup fantasy cricket is at full swing.  All the nations are fighting hard for the ultimate glory in the cricket world. England and Wales are hosting the 12th edition of the tournament for the first time since 1999.

This time the teams are playing the matches over a span of 46 days.  The final of the world cup fantasy game will be played at the “Home of Cricket” Lords Cricket Ground in London.

The previous editions of mega-event featured many record-breaking performances from some of the best in the world. Let us look at the 7 best CWC fantasy records which created history for the fans of cricket and also for fans of 11Wickets.com, India’s most trusted fantasy sports platform.

Most consecutive centuries

The Sri Lankan legend and former skipper of the team, Kumar Sangakkara created history on March 11, 2015. He became the first batsman to score 4 centuries in a world cup. In fact, this was the first time ever when a player hit four centuries consecutively in ODI history. The left-handed batsman scored the four centuries against Bangladesh (105*), England (117*), Australia (104*) and Scotland (124).

Fastest century

The Irish right-handed all-rounder, Kevin O’Brien holds the World Cup record for hitting the fastest century. He pulled this off in 50 balls playing against England on 2 March 2011. With the help of Kevin’s innings, Ireland managed to chase 328 runs with 5 balls left.

Fastest 150 runs

The former South African skipper, AB de Villiers, and the right-handed batsman hold the record of fastest 150 in the world cup against West Indies. They defeated West Indies by 257* runs.

Highest individual run scored

The opening batsman of New Zealand, Martin Guptill broke Chris Gayle record on 21 March 2015. Guptill scored 237 runs and surpassed Gayle’s record of 215 runs. He registered this score against West Indies in Wellington.

Fastest ball bowled

“Rawalpindi Express” or Shoaib Akhtar had been known for his terrific pace in bowling. This right-arm pacer bowled fastest delivery ever bowled crossing the 100 miles mark on 22 February 2003 against England at Newlands. The last ball of his second over of the match was recorded at 161.3km/h or 100.2mph.

Youngest captain to win the world cup

KapilDev of India is the legendary all-rounder. He has the record of being the youngest skipper to lead a team to win the world cup trophy. Under his leadership, Indian cricket team won their first-ever world cup cricket 2019 game.

Longest streak without defeat

Team Australia has dominated the ODIs and performed outstandingly during the World Cups. Australia holds the record streak of 34 consecutive matches without defeat. The streak started in the 1999 World Cup against Scotland and ended in the 2011 World Cup against Pakistan. In the 34 matches, Australia had 32 wins, 1 tie and 1 no result game. IT was the period when the Australian team was completely invincible.

*Records have been compiled as on June 10, 2019

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ODI Fantasy World Cup – Indian Performance at WC Opening Matches

During this ODI fantasy world cup 2019, India has started its campaign late. India’s opener match was against South Africa who has already played 2 matches and with India, it was their 3rd.

India’s journey to the world cup has been fascinating. It has been participating at the world cup since the inaugural season in 1975. It won the world cup fantasy cricket match during the third season in 1983. Following their first trophy win, the quality of play deteriorated for a few years.

Indian cricket revived its glamour and talent after Sourav Ganguly took the reins. It has almost not looked back since then. Under MS Dhoni, India won its 2nd world cup fantasy game trophy in 2011. This year as well Virat and Co. are high on confidence.

They have won their opener this year. Let us take a look at their performance in previous opening matches at the world cup. Join at 11wickets.com, India’s most trusted fantasy sports platform and enjoy world cup fantasy game.

Cricket world cup 1975

Match: India v England

Result: India lost to England

Score: England (334-4) beat India (132-3) by 202 runs at Lord’s cricket ground on June 7.

Man of the match: Dennis Amiss from England for 137 runs

Cricket world cup 1979

Match: India v West Indies

Result: India lost to West Indies

Score: West Indies (194-1) beat India (190) by 9 wickets at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 9

Man of the match: Gordon Greenidge from West Indies for 106* runs

Cricket world cup 1983

Match: India v West Indies

Result: India (262-8) beat West Indies (228) by 34 runs at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 9

Man of the match: Yashpal Sharma from India for 89 runs

Cricket World Cup 1987

Match: India v Australia

Result: India lost to Australia

Score: Australia (270-6) beat India (269) by 1 run in Chennai on October 9

Man of Match: Geoff Marsh from Australia for 110 runs

Cricket world cup 1992

Match: India v England

Result: India lost to England

Score: England (236-9) beat India (227) by 9 runs in Perth on February 22

Man of the match: Ian Bottom

Cricket world cup 1996

Match: India v Kenya

Result: India beat Kenya

Score: India (203-3) beat Kenya (199-6) by 9 wickets in Cuttack on February 18

Man of the match: Sachin Tendulkar for 127*

Cricket world cup 1999

Match: India v South Africa

Result: India lost to South Africa

Score: South Africa (254-6) beat India (253-5) by 4 wickets in Brighton on May 15

Man of the match: Jacques KallisSouth Africa for his 96 runs

Cricket world cup 2003

Match: India v Netherlands

Result: India won against the Netherlands

Score: India (204) beat Netherlands (136) by 68 runs in Paarl on February 12

Man of the match: Tim de Leedefrom Netherlands his 4 wickets for 35

Cricket World Cup 2007

Match: India v Bangladesh

Result: India lost to Bangladesh

Score: Bangladesh (192-5) beat India (191) by 5 wickets in Port of Spain on March 17

Man of the match: Mashrafe Mortaza from Bangladesh for his 4 wickets for 38

Cricket world cup 2011

Match: India v Bangladesh

Result: India won against Bangladesh

Score: India (370-4) beat Bangladesh (283-9) by 87 runs in Dhaka on February 19

Man of the match: Virender Sehwag for 175 runs

Cricket world cup 2015

Match: India v Pakistan

Result: India won against Pakistan

Score: India (300-7) beat Pakistan (224) by 76 runs in Adelaide on February 15

Man of the match: Virat Kohli for 107 runs

Cricket world cup 2019

Match: India v South Africa

Result: India won against South Africa

Score: India (230-4) beat South Africa (227-9) by 6 wickets at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton on June 05

Player of the match: Rohit Sharma for 122 runs

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Fantasy Cricket World Cup – Players With Most Catches

The 10 teams in the 12th edition of fantasy cricket world cup are playing against each other in a single-league format. The top four sides after 45 matches are going to qualify for the semi-finals.

West Indies won the first two editions in 1975 and 1979, while India won in 1983 and 2011. Other winners of cricket world cup fantasy league are Pakistan in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1996. And Australia won the trophy 5 times, including the last world cup in 2015.

England’s Ben Stokes has kicked off the tournament by taking a stunning catch in the opening game at The Oval. Surely as the ODI fantasy world cup progresses there would be stunning all-round fielding performances.

Fans will be able to score their fantasy cricket points at 11wickets.com, the most trusted fantasy platform of India. The fantasy world cup cricket points will allow them to win daily prizes during the world cup. Here is the list of best fielding especially most catches by the cricketers in the world cup so far.

Ricky Ponting – Australia

The former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting participated in world cup editions from 1996 to 2011. Under him, Australia won two world cups and three was the part of the three world cups win of the nation. Ponting played 46 matches and took 28 catches at a rate of 0.608 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 3.

Sanath Jayasuriya – Sri Lanka

The former Sri Lankan skipper, Sanath Jayasuriya participated in world cup editions from 1992 to 2007. He was the part of world cup winning Sri Lankan team. Jayasuriya played 38 matches and took 18 catches at a rate of 0.473 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 2.

Chris Cairns – New Zealand

Kiwi all-rounder and former ODI captain, Chris Cairnsparticipated in world cup editions from 1992 to 2003. Cairns played 28 matches and took 16 catches at a rate of 0.571 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 3.

Inzamam-ul-Haq – Pakistan

The former Pakistani captain and one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Inzamam-ul-Haq played in world cup from 1992 to 2007. Inzi played 35 matches and took 16 catches at a rate of 0.470 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 3.

Brian Lara – West Indies

The former West Indies captain and one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Brian Lara played in world cup from 1992 to 2007. Lara played 34 matches and took 16 catches at a rate of 0.470 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 2.

Mahela Jayawardene – Sri Lanka

The former Sri Lankan batsman, Mahela Jayawardeneis regarded as one of the best batsman due to his mastery of playing spin bowling. Jayawardene played in world cup from 1999 to 2015. He played 40 matches and took 16 catches at a rate of 0.410 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 2.

Graeme Smith – South Africa

Former South African opening batsman, Graeme Smith participated in world cup editions from 2003 to 2011. Smith played 20 matches and took 15 catches at a rate of 0.750 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 2.

Anil Kumble – India

The former Indian cricketer and one of the greatest bowlers, Anil Kumble participated in world cup editions from 1996 to 2007. Kumble played in 18 matches and took 14 catches at a rate of 0.777 catches per innings. His maximum catches in an innings was 2.

*Records have been compiled as on June 07, 2019

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Super Iconic Moments in World Cup Fantasy Cricket

Cricket is a very competitive sport but there are always moments in every sport that can tickle our funny bone. Apart from giving the fans immense joy, some moments have also made them cry. The fantasy cricket world cup organises in every four years and it brings out the best talents in cricket.

With the on-going world cup fantasy cricket in England and Wales, we are sure to get some more moments to cherish and capture them in our memories.

There are a few moments the fan cannot ever forget. It is those moments which create history. They are the moments ODI fantasy world cup which bring a smile to fans’ face.

So we bring you a collection of the memorable moments in cricket world cup fantasy league. Also join 11Wickets, India’s most trusted fantasy sports platform to play fantasy cricket world cup. Now read on:

Rain delay costs the Proteas

This is one of the worst moments in the cricket world. Why? You will know after knowing the incident. We are sure you know this one and we are just recalling it for you. When South Africa required 22 off 13 balls to proceed to the final during world cup 1992, a rain delay of 12 minutes came their way. Only 12-minute rain gave England a spot in the finals as the revised changed to 22 off 1 ball, which is impossible. However, the real story is that England after playing the finals against Pakistan also lost by 22 runs.

Gatting’s moment of madness

This is the incidence of England playing against Australia during the final of world cup 1987. It appears that South Africa is not the only team of misfortunes. England is another team who has been falling short of winning the world cup trophy so far. England has reached to the finals thrice but every time they failed to lay their hands on the trophy. The nearest they went to win the trophy was in 1987.

Australia made 235 runs in the finals. England was on the verge of winning the match with Mike Gatting and Bill Athey were on the crease. Gatting opted for an adventurous reverse sweep, when the Australian left arm off spinner came to bowl. He deflected the ball off his own shoulder and Australian wicket-keeper took the catch. His wicket proved costly to England and they lost their way, finishing seven runs short of their target.

Jonty Rhodes turns “Superman”

South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes has been one of the top fielders in international cricket scenario. His fielding brought him into fame after this moment. In the group match of world cup 1992, Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq was on the crease with his captain Imran Khan to chase the revised target of 194. Pakistan side was on 135 and Inzamam set off for a run but was turned back by Khan. Rhodes ran in from the backward point, gathered the ball. He then raced to dive full-length and breaks the stumps before Inzamam could get back. South Africa won by 20 runs as Pakistan faltered from that point.

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CWC Fantasy Flashback –Bowlers with 5 Wickets Haul

In world cup fantasy game, five-wicket hauls are extremely rare. For one bowler to be able to take five wickets is no easy feat. Besides, in the entire history of world cup cricket, a five-wicket haul has only been achieved 49 times.

Taking a five-wicket haul means a win for the bowler’s team nearly 80%, validating its huge value for any team. Bowlers frequently say that carrying the game ball and leading a team off the stadium is one of the best feelings in CWC fantasy.

You might recall them for their brilliance on the field. You might recall them swinging the ball around corners or thrashing attacks with their lethal pace. Here are five bowlers who took just two five-wicket haul for their country in world cup cricket game.

Gary Gilmour – Australia

At his mid-1970s peak, Gary Gilmour was a penetrative left-arm swing bowler and a talented hitter.  During his short world cup span of 1975, he participated in two innings and bowled 24 overs giving 8 overs maiden.  Gilmour took 11 wickets with best bowling innings 6/14. In these two matches, he achieved two 5-wickets haul. Gilmour’s average was 5.63 and 2.58 economy at a strike rate of 13.0.

Vasbert Drakes – West Indies

The West Indian right-arm pacer, VasbertDrakes was capable of genuine pace off a short run-up. During his one-time world cup participation in 2003, he played in 6 innings. Drakesbowled 51.5 overs giving 7 overs maiden.  He took 16 wickets with best bowling innings 5/33. In these six matches, he achieved two 5-wickets haul. His average was 13.00 and 4.01 economy at a strike rate of 19.4.

Ashantha de Mel – Sri Lanka

He was a brisk right-arm bowler with the ability to gain genuine outswing, Ashantha de Mel was Sri Lanka’s leading pace bowler after Sri Lankan team got the test status. During his world cup participation from 1983 to 1987, de Mel played in 9 innings. He bowled 90.2 overs giving 13 overs maiden.  He took 18 wickets with best bowling innings 5/32. In these nine matches, he achieved two 5-wickets haul. His average was 24.94and 4.97 economy at a strike rate of 30.1.

Shahid Afridi – Pakistan

Of ShahidAfridi it can be said that neither the Pakistani cricket nor the international cricket world has and never will see another like him. His career strike rates are nearly unmatched. His specialty was leg-break googly. Afridi participated in world cup from 1999 to 2015. During his span, he played in 24 innings, bowling 184.0 overs and giving 7overs maiden. Afridi took 30 wickets with best bowling innings 5/16. In these 24 matches, he achieved two 5-wickets haul. His average was 27.70 and 4.51 economy at a strike rate of 36.8.

Glenn McGrath – Australia

The greatest bowler of Australia during his time, Glenn McGrath played in world cup during span of 1996 to 2007. During his world cup participation, McGrath played in 39 innings. He bowled 325.5 overs giving 42 overs maiden.  He took 71 wickets with best bowling innings 7/15. In these 39 matches, he achieved two 5-wickets haul. His average was 18.19 and 3.96 economy at a strike rate of 27.5.

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ODI Fantasy World Cup – Rare Facts you May Not Know

The 12th edition of world cup cricket game is giving the fans many thrilling moments. We normally wait for this big event for 4 years and expect that the event will offer us great moments to cherish.

ODI fantasy world cup incidents have always captivated its passionate fans from all over the world. They have witnessed many fascinating incidents throughout the 11 editions of the game.

Some of CWC fantasy incidents have become famous and people know them all by heart, while other incidents are interesting yet rare. You might not have heard about these ones or these are so rarely remembered that they are forgotten.

With the cricket world cup 2019 underway in England and Wales, we go back memory lane to present some of the unknown facts. Read on and enjoy the past days while playing world cup fantasy cricket at 11wickets.com – India’s most trusted fantasy sports platform.

Wrong team bus pelted with stones by fans

It was the incident of world cup 2011. You will get the idea of what happens when fans get angry over a non-performing team reading this incident. Bangladesh fans mistakenly throw stones at the wrong team bus. What happened was, during world cup 2011, Bangladesh was bowled out for 58 in Dhaka against the West Indies. Windies won the Group B match by nine wickets.

The Bangladeshi fans were so angry they began throwing stones at the West Indian bus, which was on its way back to the hotel from the ground. The fans mistook the Windies team bus as the team bus of Bangladesh.

Imran Khan returned from retirement and won the world cup

Pakistani legend Imran Khan announced his retirement from cricket in 1987. But he made a stunning return to international cricket in 1988. The reason behind his decision was that Pakistani President, General Zia-Ul-Haq requested him to take charge of the team. The all-rounder’s amazing captaincy gave Pakistan their first and only World Cup in 1992. Pakistan beat England by 22 runs in the final.

An instance of first hit-wicket in world cup 1975

West Indies team won the inaugural season of the world cup in 1975. Apart from the extraordinary display of the team play and the sport, there was a rare sight during the final match of the tournament.

Opening batsman Roy Fredricks lost balance and accidentally kicked the leg stump after hooking a bouncer by Dennis Lillee. The ball traveled the distance and went for a six over long-leg. However, Fredricks had ruled hit-wicket, making it the first instance in one day international.

Adam Gilchrist’s century and squash ball in 2007

Not many of the cricket followers would forget about the famous century of the Australian wicketkeeper, Adam Gilchrist in 2007. Gilchrist used a different technique while gripping his bat which even brought some controversy.

Churchy, as fans fondly called Gilchrist, had a squash ball in his bottom hand glove to get a better grip and prevent the bat from turning his hands. His batting coach, Bob Meuleman, had advised the same. After smashing a century in the final of the world cup, Gilchrist credited the squash ball.

Kepler Wessels represented two nations in the World Cup

KeplerWesselsplayed for Australia in world cup 1983 after making his ODI debut that year. The cricketer retired post the 1985/86 tours of New Zealand. After that, he went on to play for South Africa in 1991. Interestingly, he was named as the team’s captain for the 1992 World Cup. He became the first player to feature for two nations in the World Cup.

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