If You Love Cricket, You Will Love Asia Cup

The Asian nations which include Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh regarded as terrific cricket loving nations. And Asia Cup belongs to these nations. The cricket fans might have started to make their daily fantasy cricket teams with the commencement of Asia Cup from this September 15th, 2018.  

Make your best teams and play fantasy cricket online to win prizes and while you are engrossed with the sport, we will tell you about some interesting historical facts about the tournament. 

First 7 interesting facts are following below:

Only three nations – India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan – took part in the 1st Asia Cup held at Sharjah, UAE in 1984. The event began as a round robin tournament, and the playing nation with most victories declared as the winner. Indian team won the cup and Sri Lankan team was the runner-up. 

Sri Lanka hosted the 2nd Asia Cup and as India had poor cricketing relations with the host nation, India pulled out of the tournament. Bangladesh, included in the tournament. Sri Lankan team lifted the final trophy of the Cup for that year. 

The 3rd Asia Cup was held in Bangladesh during 1988 – the first time a multi-nation tournament was held in the nation. India lifted their second trophy by defeating Sri Lanka in the final. 

India’s only 5-wicket haul in the Asia Cup took place in 1998 against Pakistan in a must-win game in Dhaka. It was the right-arm off-break bowler, Arshad Ayub, who attained the milestone. He registered figures of 21/5 to give India the victory. It was lone the first 5-wicket haul in the Asia Cup. 

During the 1990 Asia Cup, the 4th tournament, Pakistan pulled out of the tournament. India was the hosting nation and Pakistan and India has strained political relations. India again won the trophy by defeating Sri Lanka in the finals. 

During 1993, the strained relations between India and Pakistan led to the annulment of the tournament totally. 

In 1995, the 5th edition of the Asia Cup was held in Sharjah. India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, all ended with the same points in the qualifying stage. Sri Lanka and India reached the final on a better net run rate. India won the cup again. 

The next few historical facts:

In 1997, the 6th edition of the Asia Cup was held in Sri Lanka and the nation won the trophy after defeating India in the final. 

In 2000, the 7th edition of the Asia Cup, India failed to reach the finals for the first time. The tournament held in Bangladesh and saw Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win the trophy. 

In 2004, there was a change in format, with Hong Kong and UAE, entering the tournament. For the first time, the competition was dividing into three stages – the Group Stage, Super Fours and Final. Sri Lanka defeated India and won the trophy. 

In 2008, the 8th edition of the Asia Cup, India traveled to Pakistan for the Asia Cup and reached the final. But Sri Lanka defeated India in the final with the help of Ajantha Mendis, who recorded the bowling figures of 6/13. It is also the best bowling figures in the history of the Asia Cup. 

India again won the 2010 Asia Cup, their first in 15 years, after defeating Sri Lanka. In this 9th edition of Asia Cup only four Test playing nations – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh participated. 

Virender Sehwag holds the record for registering the best bowling strike rate in the history of Asia Cup. He achieved the record in a 2010 match against Bangladesh, in which he registered figures of 6/4 in 2.5 overs. 

In 2012, the 10th edition of the tournament Pakistan won their second Asia Cup, after a thrilling final defeating Bangladesh by 2 runs. 

Another few historical facts:

The highest ODI score by Virat Kohli of 183 came against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup. India chased down the target of 330 set by Pakistan, in a match that saw tense moments between the players in the final few minutes of the match. It is also the highest ODI total in the history of Asia Cup. 

In 2014, the 11th Asia Cup, Afghanistan entered the tournament for the first time. The tournament, which held in Dhaka, saw Sri Lanka defeating Pakistan in the final. 

ICC downsized Asian Cricket Council in 2015 and decided that the Asia Cup tournaments will play on the rotation basis in ODI and T20I format. 

In 2016, the 12th Asia Cup, the tournament was held in the T20 format for the first time. India defeated Bangladesh in Dhaka and won the trophy. 

Sanath Jayasuriya is the leading run scorer in the history of Asia Cup with 1,220 ODI runs 

Muttiah Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker in the history of Asia Cup with 30 wickets 

India has won the Asia Cup maximum with 6 times in record, followed by Sri Lanka winning for 5 times and Pakistan winning for 2 times. 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has the best average of 95.16 in the Asia Cup. 

None of the Indian batsmen have ever been dismissed for a duck in the tournament in the ODI format. This record, however, was broken in the T20 format. Sri Lanka holds the record of 17 ducks, followed by Bangladesh with 11 ducks and Pakistan with 9 ducks in the ODI format. 

Enjoy reading and playing fantasy cricket! 

Remarkable Records of Lasith Malinga

Hello cricket lovers! You love cricket and you love fantasy cricket games. And hence, some of the days we bring you the story and facts of famous cricketer. He is the one either giving great performances. Or had given a great performance in the past and has now retired. 

Some of the already retired great cricketers play in domestic cricket matches and thus you can see them in your players’ selection when you choose your fantasy cricket leagues. In our today’s post, we have picked Lasith Malinga. 

Know some facts about Malinga

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan, bowls right-arm fast, is normally used as a specialist death bowler. He is best known in the world cricket for his ability to take consecutive wickets, with in-swinging Yorkers. If you ever had him in your fantasy team and he was the major reason to earn you your team points, then you ought to know some of the cricket facts about him to make yourself proud of the selection. 

Lasith Malinga is the lone bowler in cricketing history to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in international cricket. It was against South Africa in March 2007. 

Malinga is the first and, to date, only bowler in cricketing history to take three hat-tricks in One Day International cricket, taking his third in August 2011. 

Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews hold the highest run partnership for the 9th wicket in an ODI: 132 runs, against Australia in Melbourne in 2010. Malinga scored 56 Runs from 48 balls including six fours and two sixes; Mathews scored 77 runs off 84 deliveries including eight fours and one six. 

His 56 is the fourth highest ODI score by a number 10 batsman in ODI history and he has the record for the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 10 position (56), he too is the only Sri Lankan to score a fifty in no 10 positions in an ODI. 

A few more facts

Lasith Malinga is the only bowler with two World Cup hat-tricks, against South Africa in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. And the other against Kenya in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. 

Malinga is the best Twenty20 figures in Australian domestic and 2nd in the world. 

As of April 2017, Lasith Malinga with 317 wickets in 232 games is the second highest wicket-taker in all Twenty20 matches. 

Malinga holds the highest number of wickets (149) in Indian Premier League. 

As of 19 January 2017, Malinga still holds the best figures in BBL history with 6/7. 

Malinga is fourth Sri Lankan to achieve 300 ODI wickets, after Muralitharan, Vaas, and Jayasuriya. He is the fifth quickest bowler to reach the landmark (203 matches). 

Lasith Malinga has the distinction for conceding 80 runs or more in ODI cricket (8 ODI matches), the most by any bowler. 

Enjoy reading and playing! 

Play Fantasy Cricket Following these Strategies

In today’s world, aside from watching cricket, we play fantasy cricket on different fantasy websites to double the fun. Majority of us choose the players involved randomly. But have you ever pondered what could be done before choosing the players for better results? If you haven’t, don’t worry as we will take you through few steps by which you can win big in fantasy games.  

Well, since fantasy cricket is a skill-based game, one needs to have a certain amount of skill to win. 

A fantasy team can be best created by the player who has done his homework well. This means that he has studied the pitch, the weather conditions, form of the players and past performance of the player against the team he is up against. 

First of all you should prefer those fantasy websites who give you the opportunity of playing the game on a daily basis rather than a combined team for the tournaments. 

Pitch:

One needs to study the pitch warily before choosing a player for the fantasy league team. Pitches can differ from flat batting tracks to bowler/spinner friendly wickets. 

Pitch Performance:

Aside from the nature of the pitch, observing how the pitch has behaved in recent matches plays a critical part. This will give you a lucid idea on what kind of players to pick for your team. 

Player Performance:

Picking a player purely on status is a prime sin on Fantasy Cricket as it might just go wrong. One has to judge his current form and how steadily he is performing in recent games. Yes, they might just get back in form on time and perform very well but taking them in the fantasy league will be unfair to the one who has been without fail performing well in recent games 

Don’t let your heart take over your mind:

All of us have a preferred team or a favourite player close to our heart. We always hope for that team to win or for that player to perform very well. But on fantasy cricket, you should not let your heart rule over your mind. It might occur that your team isn’t performing very well or your player is out of form. Here you have to make a choice of excluding players from your preferred team or your beloved player as they will just be an extra in your fantasy team and will end up making you look silly amongst your group of friends.

Keen eye for Talent:

Gamers always select the big name players and truly so as they are the ones who, majority of the time, gives the highest number of points for their performances. But these players have a huge price tag and you are often left with very less/negligible credits in your account to form your team. Hence, it is very vital to have a balance of the big name players and upcoming talent in your team as you will always find a few unfamiliar player rising up to the occasion. 

Select top order batsmen:

Yes, you heard it right! Top order batsmen normally are the ones who play the maximum number of overs, in case of T20 cricket game. If they are in performance, they are guaranteed to give you maximum number of points and help you in your team score. 

All-Rounders are key:

All-rounders play a very vital role in the team as they help in balancing out the side. With the aptitude to both bat and ball, they are usually the first names on the team. They offer a balance to the team and can help with points with their ability to clear the boundary line and take wickets. 

Pick your Captain/Vice Captain cleverly:

This is an unspoken rule. Always opt the player who is in a good form as your captain/vice captain as they usually give you additional points. It is wise to have an all-rounder as your captain/vice-captain as they are the ones who will execute both with the bat and the ball, thus giving you most points in the game to the team. 

Enjoy fantasy sports!