Fantasy Cricket – Rewind to greatest ODIs of all time

ODI online fantasy cricket matches are always interesting. However, there have been a few matches that are exceptionally brilliant. The first ODI match played in 1971 between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

When the first three days of the third Test washed out, officials decided to abandon the match and, instead, play a one-off one day game consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. And this was the beginning of ODI and a new ear for the online cricket games fans.

Over the years this fantasy cricket format has presented some nail-biting finishes, remarkable individual performances and some truly astonishing victories against the odds.

Dishing out a few of the great ODI matches to the daily fantasy cricket fans of 11wickets app has been a herculean task for us. However, we have tried to compile a small list. Have a read on:

Sri Lanka v Australia – 1st ODI at Melbourne (3 Nov 2010)

After being the three-time defending world champion, Australia hosted Sri Lankans in a 3-match ODI series. It was before they were scheduling for the 2010/11 Ashes series. During the 1st ODI of the series, Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss. However, they could only set a target of 240 for the Islander team.

Sri Lanka started poorly and lost both their openers at 19 runs. For the third wicket, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene added 54 runs before Jayawardene dismissed. At 107 they already lost 8 wickets. Australia was on the verge of winning the match. Lasith Malinga joined Angelo Mathews and added a record 132 runs for the ninth wicket. Malinga runs out when the Lankans needed one run to win and the last batsman, Muttiah Muralitharan hit a boundary to seal the win.

India v Sri Lanka – 1st ODI at Rajkot (15 Dec 2009)

Yet another ODI in which Sri Lanka were the visiting team and the chasing. They won the toss and chose to field first and India scored 414 runs.

The Lankans reached 316 for the loss of only two wickets. At the end of the 37th over, Sri Lanka needed only 89 runs from 78 balls, they had eight wickets to spare. However, in the next four overs, they scored only 21 runs and lost 3 wickets. During the penultimate over, bowling by Zaheer Khan, 2 wickets more were gone and only four runs were scored. In the final over, the Lankans could only score seven runs and India won the match.

New Zealand vs Australia – Pool Match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Auckland (28 Feb 2015)

The two co-hosts and eventual finalists of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup played a pool match at Auckland and the Aussies chose to bat first after winning the toss. However, they were bowled out for only 151 with Trent Boult picking up 5/27 in his ten overs.

In reply, the Kiwis raced to 78/1 in only 7.3 overs and they still only needed 73 runs from 42 overs. At the ninth over, Aussie bowler Mitchell Starc uprooted two wickets and gave the Aussies a glimmer of hope. However, the two Kiwis Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson added 52 runs for the fifth wicket to swing the momentum back in their favour. In the end, the Kiwis won that match.

India vs England – Final, NatWest Series at Lord’s (13 Jul 2002)

Who can forget the exclusive moment when the then Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly rejoiced in a unique way after his team won the epic match against England.

The 2002 NatWest Series was a tri-series where England hosted India and Sri Lanka. After playing six games each in the league stage, India and England played the final at Lord’s.

At the finale

In the final, England set India a target of 326 runs. India started their chase well and reached 106 in only 14.2 overs with Captain Sourav Ganguly scoring a searing half-century. However, they were soon reduced to 146/5. At the sixth wicket, young Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif added 121 runs for the sixth wicket before Yuvraj was dismissed. India still needed 59 runs off 50 balls which was reduced to 12 runs off 15 balls after a 47-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Kaif and Harbhajan Singh.

Kaif scored nine runs in the 49th over which left India only two runs short of the target but Zaheer Khan was on strike for the final over. Khan scored those two runs in the third ball of the over to give India a famous victory at Lord’s

England vs New Zealand – Final, ICC Cricket World Cup at Lord’s (14 July 2019)

Is there any doubt, who will rule this spot? We don’t have. The finale of World Cup 2019 has written its name permanently in the history of cricket. The thrill, the drama of this match has surpassed many great ODIs.

Both the English and the Kiwis were competing for their maiden World Cup. The Kiwis won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 241 runs in 50 overs. But defending a low total against the might of the English batting was going to be a tough task.

In reply, England lost 3 wickets with only 86 runs and nearly 27 overs left to play. New Zealand had the upper hand but for the 5th wicket, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler put on a 110-run partnership to swing the game in England’s favour.

Last suspense moment

After some breath-taking moments, England scored 241 all out in 50 overs. The match was a tie. In the last over, Stokes did not take a run off the first two balls to keep the strike and hit a six off the third ball. In the fourth ball, he hit a full toss to deep midwicket and called for two but Guptill’s throw deflected off a diving Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary.

England needed three off the last two balls and tried to get two runs off each ball only for the non-striker to be run out on both occasions which resulted in a tied match. The game had to be decided in a super over but both teams scored 15 runs each and as a result, England have crowned World Champions because they scored more boundaries in the 50 overs.

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Fantasy Cricket – History behind Duckworth-Lewis Method

Cricket and now the daily fantasy cricket is one of the popular games not only in India but also in many nations of the world.

The fantasy cricket lovers of 11wickets app and fan of cricket want to relish without any disruption, but a rain shower sometimes causes interruption.

The Duckworth Lewis technique is a set of formulas and tables developed by Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis. The technique was implemented by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1999. It is to solve the problem of delayed one-day cricket matches. Again it is for factors like rain, floodlight failures and poor light. It has also been used in events that have been reduced due to sandstorms, crowd problem and even snowstorms.

The initial concept of the method

The basic concept is that each team in limited-overs match has two assets on hand to make runs. Wickets remaining and overs to play. When overs are lost, putting an adjusted target is not as easy. It is to reduce the batting team’s run target proportionally, as a team batting 2nd with ten wickets in hand. And 25 overs to play can be expected to play more boldly. It is than 1 with 10 wickets and a full 50 overs, and can reach a higher run rate. The Duckworth-Lewis approach is an undertaking to set statistically reasonable target for second team’s innings. Depending on the score accomplished by the first team, taking their wickets lost and overs played into consideration.

Using a publicized table which gives the percentage of these combined resources left over for any number of overs. Or, more accurately, balls, remaining and wickets lost, the target score can be adjusted up or down. It is to reveal the loss of resources to one or both teams when a match is reduced one or more times. This percentage is then used to determine a target (sometimes called a ‘par score’). This is generally a fractional number of runs. If the second team passes the target, then the second team is taken to have won the match. If the match ends when the second team has precisely met (but not exceeded). The target (rounded down to the following integer) then the cricket match is taken to be a tie.

Instances of Duckworth Lewis

Instance of such a tied match was found in the ODI between England and India on 11 September 2011. This match was often interrupted by rain in the final overs, and a ball-by-ball calculation of the Duckworth-Lewis ‘par’ score played a key role in the proper decisions made during those overs. At one point, India was ahead depending to this calculation, during one rain hold off (and would have won if play was unable to be resumed). At a second rain time period, England, who had scored some quick runs, exactly as they were aware of the need to get ahead in terms of D/L would correspondingly have won if play hadn’t started again. Play was at last called off with just 7 balls of the match remaining and England’s score equal to the Duckworth-Lewis ‘par’ score, as a result resulting in a tied match.

This example does reveal how important and challenging the decisions of the umpires can be, in terms of evaluating at specifically what point the rain is heavy enough to explain ceasing play. If they had done so one ball earlier, England would have been ahead on D/L, and so would have won the match, equally, if play had halted one ball later, without England scoring off that ball, India would have won the match – suggesting how finely-tuned D/L calculations can be in such situations.

Match probable format implementing the method

For 50-over matches, each team must face at least 20 overs before D/L can decide the game. And for T20 games, each side must face at least five overs before D/L can decide the game. If this requirement cannot be met, the match ends to no result.

In contrast to the belief in some quarters, it doesn’t require a degree in maths either to understand it or to use it! Even though a purpose-written computer program is available to nations implementing the system to permit calculations to be performed speedily and correctly, this is not required. All calculations can simply be done using nothing more than a single table of numbers and a pocket calculator.

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Fantasy Cricket – 250 runs & 10 wickets in an ODI series

All-rounders in cricket are known for outstanding performance in the field. In fact, when any batsman or bowler of a team fails, the spectators and the online fantasy cricket app users look upon the all-rounders for a brilliant performance.

In 11wickets app blog post today, take a glance at those fantasy cricket games cricketers and all-rounders with 250 runs 10 wickets in their bag in a single series.

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Greg Chappell – Australia

The top order Australian batsman and all-rounder Greg Chappell made 686 runs in Benson & Hedges World Series Cup played amongst Australia, India and New Zealand in Australia on 1980/81. In the 14 matches of the series, Chappell’s highest score was 138* at an average of 68.60. And he also took 22 wickets in the entire series at an average of 17.04. Australian team was the winner of the series.

Mudassar Nazar – Pakistan

The right handed batsman of Pakistan, Mudassar Nazar also was a brilliant all-rounder for the team. He made 285 runs in Benson & Hedges World Series Cup played amongst Australia, Pakistan and West Indies in Australia on 1981/82. In the 9 matches of the series, which Pakistan had participated, Nazar made the highest of 51 runs at an average of 31.66. In the entire series he took 12 wickets at 13.33 average.

Sir Viv Richards – West Indies

West Indies talented right hand batsman Sir Viv Richards made 536 runs in Benson & Hedges World Series Cup played amongst Australia, Pakistan and West Indies in Australia on 1981/82. In the 14 matches of the series, Richards made the highest of 78 runs at an average of 41.23. In the entire series he took 11 wickets at 38.09 average. Australian team won that series.

Kapil Dev – India

The top order Indian cricketer and all-rounder Kapil Dev made 303 runs in Prudential World Cup in England on 1983. In the 8 matches of the series, Kapil Dev’s highest score was 175* at an average of 60.60 and he also took 12 wickets in the entire series at an average of 20.41. Indian team was the winner of the series.

Sir Viv Richards – West Indies

Sir Viv Richards is again in this list. He made 651 runs in Benson & Hedges World Series Cup played amongst Australia, Sri Lanka and West Indies in Australia on 1984/85. In the 13 matches of the series, Richards made the highest of 103* runs at an average of 65.10. In the entire series he took 13 wickets at 41.76 average. West Indies team won that series.

Hansie Cronje – South Africa

The right hand South African batsman and all-rounder Hansie Cronje made 285 runs during South Africa ODI Series against West Indies in South Africa on 1998/99. In the 7 matches of the series, Cronje’s highest score was 82 at an average of 40.71 and he also took 11 wickets in the entire series at an average of 14.72. South African team won the series by 6-1.

Neil Johnson – Zimbabwe

The former Zimbabwean occasional wicketkeeper and batsman all-rounder, Neil Johnson made 367 runs. He made it during the World Cup 1999 in England/Ireland/Netherland/Scotland. During the 8 matches he played in the world cup, he made the highest of 132* runs at an average of 52.42. In the entire series, he took 12 wickets at 19.41 average. Australian team became the champion that year winning the world cup.

Lance Klusener – South Africa

The former South African all-rounder, Lance Klusener made 281 runs during WC 1999 in England/Ireland/Netherland/Scotland. During the 9 matches he played in that world cup, he made the highest of 52* runs at an average of 140.50. In the entire series, he took 17 wickets at 20.58 average. Australia won that world cup.

*Records have been compiled as on July 13, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket – Top Spinners of All Time

Cricket has evolved to be a fast-paced sport that could convey immediate gratification to its huge followers. Furthermore, the introduction of leading-edge technology in sports has offered possibilities for teams to analyse and catch-up with a few of the strategies and tactics that their opponents use on the cricket field, which also helps the cricket fans who play daily fantasy cricket games.

Spinners play an extremely essential role in cricket and in scoring the points for the ones who play fantasy cricket leagues of various matches at 11Wickets app, the flagship fantasy gaming platform by Ability Games. They often bowl more on a declining track on the last two days of a Test match. Thus, it is usually easily determined that spinners take the most important part in completing matches.

There are primarily two sorts of spinners in the online cricket games of 11wickets app : off-spinners and leg-spinners. Off-spinners generally utilize their fingers to spin a ball while the leg-spinners use their wrists. It is, but, tougher to bowl a leg-spin delivery than an off-spin one. Off-spinners can be better in comprising runs as they generally tend to have more control over their deliveries.

Let’s now check out some the best spinners in history of cricket:

Derek Underwood

Underwood was an English slow left-arm orthodox bowler, meaning that he is accustomed to bowl off-spinners with his left arm. He was probably one of the most excellent spinners in the 1960s and 1970s. And finished up acquiring 297 wickets in 86 Test matches at an average of 25.83. Underwood as well performed in a World Cup for England. But since one-day cricket had not been in fashion those days, he could not have in a lot of it.

Underwood was fairly successful in the sub-continent. However, his bowling was extra suitable for the moist pitches of England. He took the majority of his wickets on his home turf and continued to be one of the powerful weapons for his part for over a decade. Underwood also continues to be the most successful spinner England cricket team had ever.

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly was an Australian leg-spin bowler and was nicknamed “Tiger” for his crouching, intense bowling. He was the first bowler to have efficiently bowled leg-spin in Test cricket and played in the 1930s and 1940s.

Sir Don Bradman selected him as the best spinner he had come across and if that compliment was not ample, O’Reilly also had taken 144 wickets in just 27 Test matches for Australia. The second World War swindled him of a few valuable years in his major cricket career otherwise his wicket tally might have increased significantly.

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is among the most successful bowlers ever with 619 Test wickets. He performed in 132 Test matches and completed with an average of 29.65.

Kumble had not been a major turner of the ball and depended more on his precision and cleverness to get wickets. He was quite hard to work out on Indian tracks and made life unpleasant for a lot of a touring batsman with his googlies and slow yorkers. He was as well hard to score off and accustomed to bowl hardly any loose balls.

Kumble also played in 3 World Cups for India and was really the top wicket-taker in the 1996 World Cup. He took 337 wickets in 271 ODI matches for India. Kumble as well took 1136 wickets in his outstanding career. His international cricket career continued almost 18 years and he also had the privilege to be Indian team captain.

Muttiah Muralidharan

Muralitharan ought to be amongst cricket’s most controversial and skilled personas. His record of acquiring 800 wickets in 133 Test matches and 534 wickets in 350 ODIs is impossible to be exceeded ever.

“Murali”, as he was widely referred to as was a Sri Lankan off-spinner, however mainly used his wrists to turn the ball. He had outstanding power on line and length besides the fact that he was capable of generating an enormous turn.

Shane Warne

Not much ought to be said of a man who nearly single-handedly changed cricket by rewarding the ability of leg-spin bowling. One of the most charming players to have played the sport, he continues to be one of the best match winners of all-time. He was really an invaluable cricketer for his team.

Warne featured in 145 Test matches for Australia and took 708 wickets with 37 5-wicket hauls. Warne may well turn the ball a good deal, had outstanding control on line and length and got various LBW dismissals with his deadly flippers.

Warne’s bowling average was 25.41 in Test matches. Warne also had taken 293 wickets in 194 ODIs and 1319 wickets at 26.11 in his first-class cricket career.

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Fantasy Cricket – Favourite Munchies for Cricketers

Strict diet, daily practice sessions, fitness regime and hectic tours all around the world! The cricketers don’t lead an easy life. Cricketers work out all the extra fats to keep themselves energetic and enthusiastic on and off the field. And we see their fitness level while choosing them for our online fantasy cricket team.

These cricketers always find time to munch their favourite food going out to their favourite hangouts, just like we sit with our bowl of favourite dishes when we select our playing XI for at 11wickets.com daily fantasy cricket match.

So we look at the cricket heroes who love different dishes:

MS Dhoni

The coolest former skipper of Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a weakness for Kebabs, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Pizza and Naan.

Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, the current ‘King’ of world cricket and also the heartthrob of the nation is a fitness freak and gives his heart to Sushi. But being a Punjabi, he is a big time foodie though he strictly maintains his diet. And recent news says that he is turning into vegan.

Yuvraj Singh

The former heartthrob of Indian cricket, Yuvi or Yuvraj Singh loves continental dishes and in Indian delicacies, his favourite is Kadhi Chawal & Matar Paneer.

Rohit Sharma

The terrific Indian batsman, Rohit Sharma craves for Aloo Paratha.

Sachin Tendulkar

The Indian batsman for whom the world is crazy, Sachin Tendulkar has a lot of favourite dishes including Keema Parathas, Prawn Masala, Lassi, Sushi and Sashimi.

Abraham de Villiers

The explosive South African skipper, Abraham de Villiers enjoys Paneer Capsicum Pasta, Grilled Fish and Grilled Halibut with Pepper Salsa and Peach.

Chris Gayle

The Jamaican star cricketer and party lover, Chris Gayle is a fan of Saltfish and Ackee. He just loves the sea food. He also loves Biriyani and Keema.

David Warner

The former captain, David Warner loves to eat chicken avocado sandwich which has fresh salad ingredients as well as low-fat mayonnaise.

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka is known for fishing. Kumar Sangakkara, the batting legend of the nation, loves to eat seafood, with rice and fish curry being his favourite.

Stuart Broad

The lanky pacer of England Cricket Team, Stuart Broad loves Yorkshire pudding and sausages.

Hungry now? Okay, you can try out these things with your friends.

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Fantasy Cricket record : Byes and Leg Byes in the World of Cricket

Bye and Leg bye are forms of runs award to the batting team. And labelled as extras in the score sheet and goes to team total and not against any batsmen. They are counted on the score board of daily fantasy cricket of 11Wickets app as well.

Let’s know about what bye in cricket and online fantasy cricket is. When a bowler delivers a ball, if the ball, not being a No ball or a Wide, passes the striker without touching players’ bat or person, any runs accomplish by the batsmen from that delivery, or a boundary allowance, shall qualify as Byes to the batting side.

And now what leg bye in cricket is. There are numerous conditions for leg byes award.

(a) If a bowler delivers a ball and it first strikes the person of the striker, runs scoring only if the umpire satisfies that the striker has either attempted to play the ball with his bat or tried to avoid being hit by the ball.

(b) If the umpire has satisfied that either of these conditions has been met runs has scored.

(i) If there is either no subsequent contact with the striker’s bat or person, or only inadvertent contact with the striker’s bat or person runs complete by the batsmen or a boundary allowance credits to the striker in the case of subsequent contact with his bat but otherwise to the batting side.

(ii) If the striker wilfully makes a lawful second strike, Laws 34.3 (Ball lawfully struck more than once) and 34.4 (Runs scored from ball lawfully struck more than once) shall apply.

Leg byes not to be award

The batting side credits with any runs from that delivery apart from the one run penalty for a No ball if applicable. Moreover, no other penalties arising from that delivery awards to the batting side. The following procedure adopts.

If no run attempts but the ball reaches the boundary, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball, and disallow the boundary.

If runs attempts and if, neither batsman dismisses nor the ball does not become dead for any other reason, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as one run completes or the ball reaches the boundary. The run or boundary shall be disallowed. The batsmen shall return to their original ends before one run is completed or the ball reaches the boundary, a batsman is dismissed, or the ball becomes dead for any other reason, all the provisions of the Laws will apply, except that no runs and no penalties shall be credited to the batting side, other than the penalty for a No ball if applicable.

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Fantasy Cricket – Ball Tampering Incidence in Cricket History

Of course, cricket can be played with any kind of round ball. Cricket game mainly comprises of bat, ball and wickets along with the people playing with them. In online fantasy cricket game, ball plays the major part in letting us score good points to win prizes with our selected team.

There are many instances in the history of cricket when a game is won entirely through good bowling. Those are the games exciting for fantasy cricket at 11wicket.com as well. But there are also instances when some player tampers the balls in order to win a match.

Let us dig in some of those instances today. Read on:

Shoaib Akhtar got banned for 2 ODI

Pakistan’s outspoken and fiery fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was banned for two ODI. He was fined 75% of his match fee for scratching ball surface during ODI against New Zealand in Sri Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar in controversy

Match referee Mike Denness was the focal point when he penalised six Indian players. And handed a suspended one-game ban to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. It was for ball-tampering during the second test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth.

Waqar Younis fined

Eight years after being first accused for ball-tampering by the British media during the series against England, Pakistan’s fearsome fast bowler Waqar Younis became the first cricketer to be fined for a similar offence.

England captain Michael Atherton caught on camera

The famous “dirt in the pocket” incident happened when England captain Michael Atherton took dirt off the pitch. Put it in his pocket and was caught on camera using it on the ball.

Stuart Broad faced accusations

England fast bowler, Stuart Broad faced accusations of ball-tampering. It was when he rubbed the ball on the ground with spikes. It was during a test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Faf du Plessis fined

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis was fined 100% of his match. He was also given three penalty points for ball tampering during second test match against Australia.

Shahid Afridi banned

Shahid Afridi of Pakistan was banned for two ODIs after being found guilty of ball-tampering. It was during his team’s two-wicket defeat against Australia at WACA.

James Anderson faced accusations

Like Stuart Broad, England fast bowler, James Anderson also faced accusations of ball-tampering when he rubbed the ball on the ground with spikes during a test match against South Africa at Cape Town.

Rahul Dravid ball-tampering offender

The Indian Wall, Rahul Dravid is also shockingly in the list of ball tampering offenders. Dravid was caught on camera applying lozenge on the ball during the Zimbabwe batting at the Gabba during a one-day international in Australia.

Pakistan team penalized

In one of the most controversial episodes, the Pakistan team refused to play in 2006, after being penalized for ball tampering during a test match against England at The Oval.

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Valuable Life Lessons Learnt from Fantasy Cricket

Cricket is life for some people. It is the game that every child has played for once in the lifetime. What about you? And now the latest is the trend of fantasy cricket games.

There are a plenty of things which can be learnt about life through playing the fantasy cricket league matches.

Read them on and the next time you visit 11wickets.com to play daily fantasy cricket, notice these.

Patience:

In life you must have patience to achieve your goal. If you will lose this important thing, you will end up in taking wrong decisions. Similarly, in cricket a good bowler need to have patience. He is targeting in the same area for multiple times to test the patience of the batsman and waits for any mistake from batsman to get his wicket.

Right Choice:

In life one need to take tough choices at different times. So, it depends on the ability and the experience of a person that makes him choosing the right thing at the right time. Similarly, in test cricket, a good batsman wait for the right ball to play his shots rather than hitting every ball and get out.

Keep Learning Skills:

In this world of competition, where each one of us is trying to be successful, you need to have skills that will give you extra edge over others. As in cricket, a good cricketer possesses all those skills that are required to be different from other cricketers.

Discipline:

This is the important factor that keeps you doing all other things that is needed to be a successful person. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Who doesn’t know the great cricketer awarded with Bharat Ratna, Sachin Tendulkar. All his cricketing life, he did all the things in the best possible way.

Hard Work:

Needless to say, almost every cricketer do hard work to perform well. In life also, you need to do hard work that too in smart way to pursue you goals.

Turn your challenges into opportunities: In life, everyone will face situations that are challenging but these things will only make you better than others. It totally depend on you how to transform it into opportunity that will shape you towards a better tomorrow.

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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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