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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Memorable India Pakistan Moments in Cricket History

It’s the season of Asia Cup, the biggest cricket tournament organised in the Asian continent. And we believe, you are ready with your online fantasy team to play during the entire Asia cup. 

The matches between India – Pakistan, the two high –profile participating teams in Asia Cup have always been treat to the cricket fans for the entire world. The rivalry between the two nations has been centre of attraction, which tournament and format they play in. Even creating a perfect fantasy cricket league is a challenging task for the cricket lovers. 

Here look into some of the memorable India Pakistan moments on the crease with us and enjoy the Asia Cup 2018 playing fantasy cricket game at 11Wickets. 

2nd ODI, India tour of Pakistan at Sialkot 

It was on October 31, 1984, the day when the teams were playing the 2nd ODI at Sialkot and the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi. Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar were making runs for Indian team when this news reached them. The ten Pakistan’s president Zia ul Haq ordered the match stopped, and Indian team captain Sunil Gavaskar wished the same.  

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1st ODI Match, Rothmans Four-Nations Cup at Sharjah 

Best bowling of Imran Khan with figures of 6-14 were in this ODI against India March 22, 1985. But for the daring fast bowler of Pakistani cricket team it went all in vain. Imran Khan ripped apart the batting line of Indian team at Sharjah to send the opposition packing for 125. But Pakistan’s own batting  went down for just 87. Imran Khan, who is now the Pakistani Prime Minister, still was man of the match. 

Final ODI, Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah 

This is the match that will always remind the bitterest memories for India, and the sweetest ones for Pakistan. The match played on April 18, 1986, again an ODI played in Sharjah. With Pakistan needing four off the last ball to win, India’s Chetan Sharma ran in and bowled a full toss and Javed Miandad scored a six. Miandad, presented with a golden sword, became national hero for Pakistan. While Chetan Sharma faced insults when he returned home with the team. 

1st Test, Pakistan tour of India at Chennai 

India’s most celebrated batsman and a century from him, Sachin Tendulkar, was generally the recipe for success in the 1990s and 2000s but not in the 1999 Test match against Pakistan in Chennai. Chasing 271 runs by Pakistan for victory, Tendulkar scored an amazing 136 runs. But Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq got him out and India finally lost by 12 runs. The generous Indian home crowd gave Pakistani team a standing ovation, but Tendulkar was broken-hearted. 

Final, ICC World Twenty20 at Johannesburg 

An India-Pakistan final in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007 was an ideal setting for cricket’s newest format. Misbah ul Haq of Pakistani team was on the verge of taking his team to an outstanding win with his batting in a chase of 158. 

But then came a moment of folly as Haq tried to play a daring shot to seal victory against Indian pacer Joginder Sharma in the final over. The ball went high into the waiting hands of Sreesanth. Indian team led by MS Dhoni celebrated as Haq missed the chance of a lifetime. 

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Surprising Records at Asia Cup

Sri Lanka and India are the most successful teams in Asia Cup, though; Sri Lanka has not been so successful in Asia Cup 2018. Perhaps, their performance in this Asia Cup made you think that you would have chosen a better team than the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). And this is where the benefit of playing online fantasy cricket game matches comes.  

Creating your desired playing XI at the fantasy cricket league and getting a better playing team is the mission of fantasy sports apps. So, we were talking about the Asia Cup 2018 and we are going to tell you some of the records which came surprisingly from the surprising corners of the tournament. Explore them with us: 

No final in Asia Cup 1984 

The 1st edition of the Asia Cup was held in 1984 at one of the most iconic venues in the world which was Sharjah, UAE. Just 3 matches were held in the tournament as there were only three participants and those were between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Indian team emerged as the winner of the opening edition, defeating both Pakistan and Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin in the tournament which was majorly bowling-dominated. 

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No ducks in ODI format for Indian players 

In the entire history of Asia Cup, none of the batsmen from the Indian team got out for a duck in the ODI format of the tournament, making us jaw-drop in wonder. However his record was broken in the T20I format which was held in Asia Cup 2016, it still remains to be in India’s favour in the ODIs. Sri Lanka holds the record of having the most ducks of 17, next to that is Bangladesh with 11 ducks and the come Pakistan cricket team with 9 ducks in the ODI format. 

Just 5-wicket record by an Indian bowler 

Indian team’s only 5-wicket record in Asia Cup came way back in Asia Cup 1988 against Pakistan in Dhaka. The right-arm off-break bowler, Arshad Ayub, put off the Pakistani team middle-order and recorded his best bowling figures of 9-0-21-5. While we’re on the subject, it happened to be Indian team and Asia Cup’s first 5-wicket score record. 

Best bowling strike rate for Virender Sehwag 

In general, Virender Sehwag’s name appears on the top of the best batting strike rate list. But in Asia Cup, he holds the record of best bowling strike rate in one innings with his scorching spell of 2.5-0-6-4 against Bangladesh cricket team in Dambulla. Picking up wickets for every 4.2 balls, Sehwag’s spell restricted Bangladesh to 167, helping India to get an inclusive victory. 

Sachin Tendulkar and 17 wickets 

Sachin Tendulkar’s all-rounder aptitude was always on display during the Asia Cup. He not just destroyed his opponents with the bat but also took them apart with his conventional spin bowling. In 23 matches, Tendulkar has picked up 17 wickets with a well average of 21.41 and stands 10th in the list of highest wicket-takers in Asia Cup. 

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