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,

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.

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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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Cricket World Cup Fantasy League – Sri Lankan Records

The last two world cup fantasy cricket match has been won by the hosting nations. World cup 2011 had been hosted in India and won by India. Same with world cup 2015; it had been hosted in Australia and won by Australia.

This time around England is hosting the tournament and is the strongest contender to lift the trophy. Over the years cricket world cup fantasy league has seen many records set and many others are broken.  It seems like it won’t be any different this time.

One of the consistent teams at cricket world cup fantasy game, Sri Lanka has been the winners of 1996. They have made it to the final three times, winning once. This year world cup 2019, the semi-finalists of World Cup 2015 are playing the World Cup under the leadership of Dimuth Karunaratne.

Here’s a look at some of the stats highlights for Sri Lanka at the CWC fantasy since its inception in 1975.

Highest total of the team

Sri Lanka’s highest total at the World Cup came during the 1996 edition when they scored 398 for 5 against Kenya in Kandy. Aravinda de Silva led the charge with 145 off 115 balls.

Lowest total of the team

Their lowest total was registered against the West Indies in the very first World Cup of 1975 when Sri Lanka was shot out for 86 against the West Indies with Bernard Julien claiming 4/20.

Sangakkara with 1532 world cup runs

Kumar Sangakkara is Sri Lanka’s leading run getter in the World Cup with 1532 runs. Sangakkara played four World Cups, making his debut in 2003 and went on to surpass the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who tally 1165 and 1112 runs respectively.

Highest Average of Sangakkara

Sangakkara also holds the record for the highest average. With eight, not outs, Sangakkara averages 56.74, ahead of Dilshan and Sri Lanka’s former World Cup winning captain, Arjuna Ranatunga.

Centuries of Sangakkara

In four World Cups, Sangakkara has five centuries, four of which came on the trot during the 2015 World Cup which ensured Sri Lanka made it to the semi-final.

Highest individual score by Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the third-highest run-getter of Sri Lanka, holds the record for Sri Lanka’s highest individual score at the World Cup. His unbeaten 161 against Bangladesh arrived during the 2015 World Cup in Melbourne, where Dilshan hammered 22 fours at a strike rate of 110. Sri Lanka went on to beat Bangladesh comprehensively by 92 runs.

Angelo Mathews’ strike rate

Former captain Angelo Mathews has the highest-strike rate among all Sri Lankan players. Mathews hasn’t really set the World Cup on fire, with just 289 runs from 10 innings, but those runs have come at an SR of 94.13, ahead of Dilshan, Jayasuriya, and Sangakkara

Players with most half-centuries

Sangakkara and Ranatunga have the maximum half-centuries for Sri Lanka, 7. However, in terms of the most 50-plus scores in the World Cup, the wicket-keeper batsman leads the chart with 12 such scores, three more than the next in line Mahela Jayawardene, who tallies 9.

Ranatunga and his world cup ducks

He may have led Sri Lanka to their only World Cup triumph in 1996, but Ranatunga wasn’t always the best with the bat. He has the maximum of ducks for his country at the World Cup and ties the record with Jayawardene. Jayawardene, however, has four hundred, while Ranatunga has not reached the three-figure mark even once.

Jayasuriya and his sixes

Sanath Jayasuriya has smoked 27 sixes, miles ahead of the next in line, de Silva, who has 15 sixes. Jayasuriya has also hit the most sixes in a World Cup innings by a Sri Lankan when he tonked seven sixes against Bangladesh at Port of Spain in 2007. Jayasuriya has also taken the highest number of catches by a Sri Lanka cricketer in a World Cup, 18.

Most run in a single edition

Jayawardene has the most runs in a single edition of the World Cup for Sri Lanka. He scored 548 runs at an average of 60.88, with one century and four fifties during the 2007 edition and played a key role in Sri Lanka reaching the final in the West Indies.

Most world cup matches for Sri Lanka

Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan have played the most World Cup matches for Sri Lanka – 40. Both played five World Cups for their country.

Highest partnership for Sri Lanka

Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hold the record for Sri Lanka’s highest partnership for any wicket in the World Cup. They put on 282 runs in Pallekele against Zimbabwe in 2011 as Sri Lanka romped home by 139 runs, Dilshan was adjudged Player of the Match for his knock of 144.

Highest wicket-taker

With 68 wickets, Muralitharan is Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker, ahead of Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga, who have 49 and 43 wickets respectively.

Best bowling for Sri Lanka by Vaas

Vaas, however, has produced the best bowling figures in an innings by a Sri Lankan. His 6 for 25 against Bangladesh in 2003 gave Sri Lanka a comfortable 10-wicket win with 173 balls to spare.

Most dismissals

Sangakkara has affected the most dismissals by a Sri Lankan wicketkeeper in the World Cup. In 37 matches, Sangakkara has taken 41 catches and affected 13 stumpings.

Five-wicket haul

Ashantha de Mel, the former fast bowler has two five-wicket hauls for Sri Lanka in a World Cup. Malinga and Vaas are the only other two bowlers to have taken a five-for for Sri Lanka in the history of the World Cup.

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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, Erapalli Prasanna, Srinivas Venkataraghavan 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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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, 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, 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 – Meet the Oldest Player

The craze of the biggest cricketing event has reached its height with the start of the cricket world cup 2019. The fans are witnessing thrilling moments in the group stage, with teams giving tough competition to each other.

It is said that in cricket experience plays a vital part for a team to perform well in a match. Around 150 cricketers have taken part in this ODI fantasy world cup. Almost all the teams seem to have a strategy where they have blended the experienced player with the younger ones.

While young players offer right speed, experienced players in the world cup cricket fantasy game give strength to the team. The fitness quotient of cricketers has changed over the past few years. Even the 35 or 45 years old cricketers have been in good shape.

Let us count the cricketers who are the oldest playing in this fantasy cricket world cup 2019.

Imran Tahir – 40 years – South Africa

The 40 years old South African spin bowler, Imran Tahir is the oldest player in this World Cup 2019. He is the lone 40+ cricketer participating in the tournament. Prior to world cup 2019, Tahir played in 2011 and 2015 world cups. In the 13 matches of his tournament history, Tahir has taken 29 wickets.

Chris Gayle – 39 years – West Indies

The star cricketer of Windies, Chris Gayle is playing in this world cup. He is the second oldest player of the tournament. Gayle has already played in 4 world cups 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. He has scored 944 runs with an average of 37.76. Gayle is the first batsman to score a double century in the world cup.

Mohammad Hafeez – 38 years – Pakistan

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is 38 years old and the third oldest playing in this world cup 2019. Earlier, he represented Pakistan in 2007 and 2011. Hafeez has scored 230 runs with an average of 25.55 and took 11 wickets in ten world cup matches.

MS Dhoni – 37 years – India

The former skipper of the Indian team, captain cool MS Dhoni is 37 years old and has played at 2007, 2011 & 2015 WC. World Cup 2019 is his 4th-time participation. In his 20 world cup matches, Dhoni has scored 507 runs with an average of 42.25.

Shoaib Malik – 37 years – Pakistan

Another experienced Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik is 37 years old. So far he has featured in just one world cup tournament in 2007. This is his second tournament. Malik played three matches where he scored 92 runs with an average of 30.66 and also took one wicket.

Jeevan Mendis – 36 years – Sri Lanka

The 36-year-old Jeevan Mendis is featuring in his second Cricket World Cup this year. Previously, the Sri Lankan cricketer participated in World Cup 2015 where he played two matches. In that tournament, Mendis scored 13 runs and also picked up two wickets.

Hashim Amla – 36 years – South Africa

Another South African cricketer HashimAmla playing at this tournament is 36 years old. The Proteas cricketer has already participated in two world cups in 2011 and 2015. The right-handed opening batsman has played 15 matches in the previous tournaments where he has scored 639 runs with an average of 42.60.

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Fantasy World Cup – 5 Changes in World Cup Cricket after 2015

We all have gone through Darwin’s Theory in our schools.  Things have to adapt and survive the changes they go through. Cricket playing nations have gone through many changes in the sport.  Cricket happens to be one of the best inventions of human.  Now cricket has been around the world for over a century and a half. However, ever since, the world cup fantasy game championship has been introduced; cricket has been continuously changing and modifying.

The last World Cup was played in 2015 which saw Australia becoming only the second team in the history to win the World Cup on own soil. Plenty of things have changed since the last CWC fantasy cricket in 2015.

Let us take a look at how the fantasy world cup has evolved ever since 2015:

Number of test teams

In 2015, the number of test playing nation was 10. Gradually after that year, the international council granted test status to more teams. Afghanistan and Ireland got this status and the number of test playing nations increased to 12.

4 formats in cricket

Cricket till 2015 world cup fantasy cricket match had only 3 formats – Test, ODI and T20. But, with the birth of T10 league cricket fans has now got a new format to enjoy. So far, T10 format is the shortest, which has both the teams play 10 overs each. The match finishes within 2 hours and promises the cricket frenzy fans of a fantastic experience. The first T10 league has been played in 2017.

England as No 1 ODI team

During the world cup 2015, Bangladesh ousted England from the group stage. England’s performance in ODI had been questioned.  However, the team has improved a great deal in the past few years and is now the no.1 ODI team in the world.

Afghanistan Cricket team position

Afghanistan ranked outsiders in the world cup fantasy league2015. However, now they have the potential to beat any team of the world on any given day. They had defeated the Sri Lankan team in the Asia Cup, upset the Bangladesh team. They also came close to defeat Pakistan while almost won a match against India a few months ago. The cricketers of the Afghanistan team are no longer what they were in 2015.

Significance of leg spinners

The leg-spinners have become a vital part of ODI cricket matches. And hence, each and every international team has at least one or two leg spinners in the squad. This was certainly not the case in the world cup 2015. Earlier the finger spinners and pacers have been considered to be superior to the leg spinners to play in a match.

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