Fantasy Cricket – 5 Highest Team Scorer at T20I

Ever since the beginning of T20 Internationals in 2005, cricket matches have taken to a whole new level. The batsmen have scored a lot of centuries in this format and has given the scope to the fantasy cricket fans score huge points.

West Indian batsman Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a century in the format. He reached the three-figure mark on the opening night of the inaugural World T20 in 2007. This is a memorable occasion for the daily fantasy cricket fans.

For the information of online fantasy cricket fans of 11wickets App, Gayle, Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma, Colin Munro, Brendon McCullum, Mahela Jayawardene, Evin Lewis and Martin Guptill are the only batsmen to score a T20I century. They scored century on more than one occasion with Munro being the only batsman to reach the landmark thrice.

Indian opener Rohit Sharma and South African batsman David Miller hold the record for the fastest T20I century as both of them reached the century off 35 balls

Afghanistan cricket team is the proud record holders of highest T20I scores. However, what about the other highest scores ever recorded in T20 internationals? Read on and play cricket online:

Afghanistan – 2019

Afghanistan is new in the world of international cricket but they are improving day by day. During 2nd T20I, Ireland tour of India at Dehradun on February 23 2019, they attained the feat of highest scorer. The team made 278 runs losing 3 wickets at 13.90 run rate. Batting in the second innings, Ireland made 194/6. Afghanistan won the match by 84 runs.

Czech Republic – 2019

During 6th Match, Romania Cup at Ilfov County on August 30 2019, Czech Republic became the second highest scorer. The team made 278 runs losing 4 wickets at 13.90 run rate. Batting in the second innings, Turkey could make just 21 runs losing all wickets. Czech Republic won the match by 257 runs.

Australia – 2016

The Aussies are the third highest team in this list. During 1st T20I, Australia tour of Sri Lanka at Pallekele on September 6 2016, the team made 263 runs losing 3 wickets at 13.15 run rate. Batting in the second innings, Sri Lanka made 178 runs losing 9 wickets. Australia won the match by 85 runs.

Sri Lanka – 2007

The Islanders are the fourth highest team in this list. During 8th Match of Group C World Twenty20 match at Johannesburg on September 14 2007, the team made 260 runs losing 6 wickets at 13.00 run rate against Kenya. Batting in the second innings, Kenya made 88 runs losing all wickets. Sri Lanka won the match by 172 runs.

India – 2017

The Men in Blue are the 5th in this list. During 2nd T20I, Sri Lankan tour of India at Indore on December 22 2017, the team made 260 runs losing 5 wickets at 13.00 run rate. Batting in the second innings, Sri Lanka made 172 runs losing all wickets. India won the match by 88 runs.

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Fantasy Cricket – Walk Down Memory Lane of Australian Cricket

In the modern cricket, Australian cricket team has been at the top for many years. Perhaps the recent ball tampering scandal has hampered the team a lot but whenever we get a match which has Australian team in the daily fantasy cricket, we cannot stop from selecting them.

Many of the top players of the Australian still play well and we can trust them to bring us points for the online fantasy cricket at 11wickets app we have made.

The history of Australian cricket is dated back to more than 200 year ago. Australia is a fascinating and diverse nation with a very vibrant history. Researchers say that the oldest living culture in the world, the Aboriginal Australians, have first arrived on the Australian mainland by boat and lived there for at least 50,000 years.

The beginning

In 1788, the first fleet of 11 British ships arrived at Botany Bay to establish New South Wales as Penal Colony. More than 162,000 convicts were sent to Australia from Great Britain. The first cricket match is recorded at Sydney in December 1803. A report of Sydney Gazette on 8 January 1804 suggested that the sport was already well established in the infant colony. By 1826, many clubs were established. In 1838, arguably Australia’s most exclusive and influential cricket club was formed in Victoria, the Melbourne Cricket Club.

The Inter-colonial cricket matches began with a visit by cricketers from Victoria to Tasmania in February 1851. The first tour by an English team to Australia was in 1861–62. In 1868, a team consisting of Aboriginal cricketers became the first Australian team to tour England. The team played 47 matches, winning 14, drawing 19 and losing 14.

More and more of cricket sports

More tours by the English teams had been done in 1873-74. The tour had the most notable cricketer of that era, WG Grace. Another tour was done by the Englishmen in 1876-1877 and that season was notable for a match between a combined XI from New South Wales and Victoria and the Englishmen play in Melbourne Cricket Ground from 15th to 19th March.

This match was later on recognised as the first test match of the Australian cricket history. The match was won by Australia by 45 runs. Charles Bannerman’s unbeaten 165 led to the win. The result of this match was seen by Australians and Englishmen as a reflection of the rising standard of Australian cricket. And thus, started the journey of Australian cricket and slowly and steadily Australian team got better and dominated in the international cricket scenario and also in the online cricket games!

Here are five facts you will be amazed to read:

  1. Until 1979 tests matches in Australia used to have 8 balls per over.
  2. Australia is the only nation to have hosted a 7-Test series during the 1970-71 Ashes.
  3. Australia has remained unbeaten at Lord’s Cricket Ground for 75 year.
  4. Australian team is the only team in cricket history to have won a Test series after trailing 0-2
  5. Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman, has only hit 6 sixes in his entire cricket career.

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Fantasy Cricket – Top 5 Richest Cricket Boards of World

If we ask you which is the sport you follow the most? With closed eyes you will reply – CRICKET. And these days with the rise in the play of fantasy cricket, the attachment to the sport has reached to a new height.

After all, the cricketers in India are demi-gods for the fans. The fans find their entertainment in the cricket matches and have developed a great rapport with the sport and the cricketers. The introduction of online cricket games and T20 cricket has been a revolutionary change.

We have seen the younger generation has attached themselves to the fast-paced T20 international and domestic cricket. This also has grabbed their attention to the world of India fantasy cricket and they play at 11wickets App

Let us take a look at the richest cricket board of the world who try their best to keep up the expectations of the ardent cricket fans around the world. Read on:

Board of Control for Cricket in India – $295 Million

BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world that provides its players the top-class facilities and services. Anurag Thakur is the President of BCCI who is a member of Lok Sabha as well. Its net worth is $295 Million from the year 1926 to 2019.  The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

Cricket South Africa – $79 Million

Cricket board of South Africa is the second richest cricket board in the world. Its net worth is $79 million which is more than four times lesser than the net worth of Indian cricket board. The board was originally created as the United Cricket Board of South Africa in 1991. Its current President is Haroon Logart.

England and Wales Cricket Board – $59 Million

With a net worth of $59, England and Wales Cricket Board holds the third position amongst the richest cricket boards around the world. It was created on 1 January 1997 combining the roles of Test and County Cricket Board, the National Cricket Association and the Cricket Council. Its present chairperson is Colin Graves and the headquarters of ECB is in London.

Pakistan Cricket Board – $55 Million

Pakistan has a huge fan base of cricket. Their net worth presently sums up to $55 million, making them the second richest cricket board in Asia and fourth richest in the world. Its chairman is Shahryar Khan. The Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan had been formed in 1948 but later on 28 July 1952, it renamed as Pakistan Cricket Board.

Bangladesh Cricket Board – $51 Million

Bangladesh Cricket Board has a net worth of $51 million from the year 1972 to 2016. The BCB became a full member of the International Cricket Council on 26 June 2000. The Board has its headquarters in Dhaka. Its President is Nazmul Hasan Papon. It is operated by Government of Bangladesh.

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Facts about Indian Icon Woman Batrsman – Harmanpreet Kaur

Indian cricket and fantasy cricket games are ruled by the male cricketers and men fans. Yes, there are innumerable female cricket fans and numerous women cricketers but their number will always be less than the men.

Hence, we can easily predict that in this male dominating sport, female cricketers have tough time in proving their talent to the global front.

You are a cricket and online cricket game enthusiast at 11wickets App and have not heard about former Indian women team skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur that is not okay. Her path to glory in the world of cricket, like many of her co-players, has not been easy. Celebrating her beautiful rise from rags to riches, here are a few facts about the batswoman that every Indian cricket admirer should verse themselves with.

Birth and first life

Harmanpreet was born on 8 March 1989, in Moga, Punjab. Her father Harmandar Singh Bhullar was a basketball and volleyball player. Her younger sister Hemjeet is a post-graduate in English and works at Guru Nanak College in Moga as an assistant professor. Her mother Satwinder Kaur is a homemaker.

Travelled 30 km every day to learn cricket

She was really eager to learn cricket in her younger years. She became a member of the Gian Jyoti School Academy, 30 kms far from her residence in Moga, where she prepared under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi.

Selection into Moga district team

Diligence always gets gives good result and she got picked in the Moga district team. Through this team, she played the first big tournament of her career, the Punjab’s Inter-District tournament. She later continued to represent the Punjab Ranji team too.

ODI debut in 2009 World Cup

Quality performances at the Ranji level gained her a place in the Indian national team that was to participate in the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup. Her debut came up against the arch competitors Pakistan, which turned into an unforgettable one and India won the match by 10 wickets. Her T20 debut was in the same year against England at Taunton.

Motivated by Sehwag

Harmanpreet discovered her cricketing motivation in the Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Fans can simply figure out why she admires the famous cricketer as she herself is an aggressor cricketer.

Captained the team in 2012 Women’s Asia Cup

Skipper Mithali Raj and Vice-captain Jhulan Goswami had been hurt before the 2012 Women’s Asia Cup started and this made way for Harmanpreet to take reins. She had a vital effect on the side and they won the series defeating Pakistan by 18 runs in the final match.

Amazing limited-overs statistics

Kaur has played 78 ODI innings in which she has made 2025 runs which include three centuries and ten fifties. In T20I, the 29-year-old has made a total of 1223 runs in 68 matches including just one century and four half-centuries.

First Indian to represent a Big Bash

In June 2016, she signed a contract with Australia’s domestic T20 tournament Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder. In that way, she evolved into the very first Indian cricketer to join up for T20I League, among women and men.

Highest individual score in World Cups for India

Her marvelous knock of 171 off 115 balls against Australia is the maximum score registered by an Indian batter in Women’s World Cup. This was just the second century noted in knock-outs history of WWC after Karen Rolton had made 107 in the 2005 edition’s last match against India.

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Fantasy Cricket – 9 fastest batsmen to 10000 ODI runs

In cricket, making good runs is what batsmen do. And in fantasy cricket matches at 11wickets App, we score points to our score card based on the runs those batsmen make.

10000 runs in the cricket career is not easy job for any cricketer. It takes fitness, consistency, perseverance, excellent skills and years of hard work to get there. Only a handful of cricketers have attained it in ODIs and we are here with a list has some legendary names on it. Read it on and them go for making your daily fantasy cricket playing XI team.

V Kohli – India

It was the 2nd ODI match between India and West Indies, where Windies was touring India at Visakhapatnam on October 24, 2018. It was the 213th match and 205th innings of Virat Kohli, the current skipper of Indian team, where he scored 157* runs of 129 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. The match was tied. He holds the record of being the first fastest batsman to achieve this landmark.

SR Tendulkar – India

It was the 3rd ODI match between India and Australia, where Australia was touring India at Indore on March 31 2001. It was the 266th match and 259th innings of Sachin Tendulkar, the little master of Indian team, where he scored 139 runs of 125 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. India won the match by 118 runs chasing 299 runs.

SC Ganguly – India

It was the 4th ODI match between India and Sri Lanka, Indian Oil Cup at Dambulla on, August 3 2005. It was the 272nd match and 263rd innings of Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian skipper, where he scored 51 runs of 110 balls and he completed his 10000 runs. But sadly, India lost the match. Sri Lanka chased 220 runs made by India and won by 4 wickets and with 12 balls remaining.

RT Ponting – Australia

It was 22nd ODI match of Group A between Australia and South Africa at ICC World Cup in Basseterre on March 24 2007. It was the 272nd match and 266th innings of Ricky Ponting, the former Australian skipper, where he scored 91 runs of 91 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. Australia won the match by 83 runs.

JH Kallis – South Africa

It was 3rd ODI match between Australia and South Africa when South Africa was touring Australia at Sydney on January 23 2009. It was the 286th match and 272nd innings of Jacques Kallis, the former captain of South African team, where he scored 60 runs of 72 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. South Africa won the match by 3 wickets with 21 balls remaining.

MS Dhoni – India

It was the 2nd ODI match between India and England, where India was touring Ireland and England in London on July 14, 2018. It was the 320th match and 273rd innings of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian team, where he scored 37 runs of 59 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. England won the match by 86 runs.

BC Lara – West Indies

It was the 5th ODI match between West Indies and Pakistan where West Indies was on tour of Pakistan at Karachi on December 16, 2006. It was the 287th match and 278th innings of Brian Lara, the former skipper of West Indies, where he scored 44 runs of 55 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. Pakistan won the match by 7 wickets with 19 balls remaining.

CH Gayle – West Indies

It was the 4th ODI match between England and West Indies, where England was touring Windies at St George’s on February 27, 2019. It was the 288th match and 282nd innings of Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss, where he scored 162 runs of 97 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. Sadly enough, England won the thrilling match by 29 runs in spite of Gayle’s record.

R Dravid – India

It was the 3rd ODI match of Sri Lanka and India where Sri Lanka was on tour of India at Margao on February 14, 2007. It was the 309th match and 287th innings of Rahul Dravid, known as Mr. Dependable for the Indian cricket team, where he scored 66 runs of 82 balls and he completed his fastest 10000 runs. India won the match by 5 wickets with 21 balls remaining.

*Records have been compiled as on November 19, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket – Coin Toss and its Small History

One of the oldest traditions in cricket and of course in online cricket games is toss. A toss decides who will first bat and who will take the fielding. This tradition was first in the rule book of cricket published in 1744. And toss carried out with a piece of money.

The practice got changed in 1774 when this benefit of selecting the pitch and batting first was given to the touring team. Later from the year 1809, the recent day practice of whether to bat first or to field has been left to the selection of the captain winning the toss. In cricket, toss is used to take a stance about which team will bat first and which team will bowl first. Obviously this tossing the coin system also helps in playing daily fantasy cricket for the online cricket game users.

The coin used for toss may be any type, as long as it has two distinct sides. One is head and another is tail, with a portrait on one side. It is actually constructed from nickel or perhaps alloyed metal coin which is used all over the world. During any fantasy games cricket series on the new app of 11wickets app , there is generally currency of the home team is publicized on coin.

Here are a few of the unique coins found in the history of fantasy cricket which can be known as special coin.

Exclusively minted coin for India and South Africa matches

For the celebration of the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, BCCI designed an exclusively minted coin with the pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela as Heads as well as the words Freedom Series as Tails. This coin is used during the time of the toss in every India and South Africa match.

Coin intended for Sachin Tendulkar’s 199th Test Match

In Sachin’s second last Test match that was played at Eden Gardens at Kolkata, a unique 10 gram gold coin was launched by the Cricket Association of Bengal which had Sachin Tendulkar’s picture as Heads with ‘Eden Garden CAB Kolkata, 6th November 2013’ imprinted on the Tails side.

Coin used for Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test Match

Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test match saw an exceptional gold coin being used for the toss. The coin got the picture of Sachin Tendulkar’s face embossed together with the words “SRT 200” on one side and the MCA logo on the reverse side. This coin was passed over to Tendulkar as a memento when he bid adieu to the game of cricket.

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Fantasy Cricket – Consecutive Winning Streak in ODI

To win a match in cricket, an entire cricket team needs to execute its skill perfectly. It is somewhat similar to the fantasy cricket players who make team and play the game at 11wickets app

However, winning every match over a longer period needs tremendous consistency and fitness on the part of the team. The online fantasy cricket fans know how a continuous winning of a cricket team and the consistency of cricketers effect their daily fantasy cricket scorecard.

There are a number of teams in international cricket who have won matches after matches continuously and made any day of fantasy cricket India players.

Here are five such teams who have won continuous matches in ODI and Australia is on the top of our list. Read the list out:

Australia

Australia is one of the most consistent cricket team in the world. 5 World Cup trophies in their proves this. Naturally, the ardent fantasy cricket fans will expect, the Australians to top this list and of course you are right. Australian team tops this list with 21 continuous ODI wins from 11 January 2003 to 24 May 2003. During this period, the team defeated England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Namibia, New Zealand, Kenya and West Indies in continuous 21 matches.

South Africa

The next in this list comes the Proteas. No doubt the current South African cricket team is in a bad state. However, there was a time when defeating these Proteas was a tough job for any team. The South African team has won 12 matches continuously from 13 February 2005 to 30 October 2005. During the aforementioned period, they played against teams England, Zimbabwe, West Indies and New Zealand in 12 different ODI matches.

Pakistan

The next in this list comes the Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan has given the world cricket fans some of the best cricketers in 2000s. This team has won 12 matches continuously from 18 November 2007 to 8 June 2008. During this period, they played against teams India, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in 12 different ODI matches.

West Indies

Next in the list is the Windies teams. The cricketers from the land of Caribbean were the first team to win two consecutive World Cups. Though, they lost the final of 1983 world cup against India, they were almost impossible to be defeated in the matches after that world cup. They won 11 matches continuously from 4 June 1984 to 2 February 1985. During this period, they played against teams England, Australia and Sri Lanka in 11 ODI matches.

Sri Lanka

The fifth in this list is Sri Lanka. The land of some brightest cricketers and one-time world cup winner has won 10 matches continuously from 29 February 2004 to 23 July 2004. During this period, they played against Australia, Zimbabwe, UAE, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Fantasy Cricket – Quickest to 15 ODI Centuries

At the limited over, scoring 3 digit runs is really hard for cricketers when compared to Test Cricket. But many players have scored them quite easily which makes the fantasy cricket game points huge for us.

There are just 21 players who have scored 15 and more centuries in ODI fantasy cricket league. Based on the least innings batted we will look at the few fastest batsmen to scored 15 ODI tons.

Dig in to the list of 5 batsmen who has hit quickest to 15 ODI Centuries. Know about them and then select these players in your fantasy cricket team at 11wickets app.

Sourav Ganguly – Indian Cricket Team

The “Dada” of Indian team, one of the most famous and lovable former skipper of the team, Sourav Ganguly, stands fifth in the list. This Indian aggressive opener has scored 15 centuries in just 144 innings in ODI format. In overall, he has 22 centuries on his name in 300 innings and scored 11363 runs at a rate of 41.01.

Saeed Anwar – Pakistan Cricket Team

The Pakistani cricket team attacking opener, Saeed Anwar is fourth quickest to achieve the 15 centuries in ODIs. In overall, he has smashed 20 centuries in 244 innings and scored 8824 runs at a rate of 39.21.

Shikhar Dhawan – Indian Cricket Team

The left handed batsman of Indian team, Shikhar Dhawan is third quickest to attain 15 centuries in one day international matches. He has scored his 15th ODI century in Super Four match against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018. He scored his 15th ODI century in his 108th ODI innings and scored 4808 runs at a rate of 94.39.

Virat Kohli – Indian Cricket Team

The youngest Indian skipper, who is taking rest in this Asia Cup, Virat Kohli has begun his career on a high note and is the second in this list. He has scored his 15th ODI century in just 106 innings. In overall, has 35 centuries in 203 innings scoring 9779 runs at an average of 58.21.

Hashim Amla – South African Cricket Team

The South African batsman, Hashim Amla with an abundant consistency level scored runs in ODI cricket. He holds record for scoring the 15 ODI centuries quickest than anyone else. He took 86 innings for this achievement. In overall he scored 7696 runs in 166 innings at a rate of 49.65 which has 26 Centuries.

*Records have been compiled as on November 11, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket – Breaking 200 Runs Mark in ODI

The One-Day International (ODI) Cricket format has changed over the years and for players to smash a fastest double century is not a big deal in contemporary cricket now. In addition, with the advent of Twenty20 cricket, batsmen have started hitting the ball from the word go and has notched up massive scores. This has helped the 50 overs matches somehow and in scoring points in the online fantasy cricket matches.

Moreover, ardent fantasy cricket league fans have started debating about the fastest double century in the 50-over format and also talked about balls taken to reach a milestone while playing a marathon of innings.

Dig in to count the names with us before you sit to watch the latest cricket tournament and make daily fantasy cricket at 11wickets.com for it.

Sachin Tendulkar (200*)

It was in 24 February 2010 when history was made in men’s ODI cricket as Sachin Tendulkar became the first to score a double hundred – 200* vs. South Africa of 147 balls in Gwalior. He hit 25 fours and 3 sixes.

Virender Sehwag (219)

When Virender Sehwag became the second double centurion in ODI cricket in 8 December 2011, Rohit Sharma was batting at the other end – 219 vs. West Indies of 156 balls in Indore. He hit 25 fours and 7 sixes.

Rohit Sharma (209, 264)

In 2 November 2013, Rohit Sharma took a liking to the Australian attack as he carted them around the Chinnaswamy stadium to become the third Indian to score a double hundred – 209 vs. Australia of 158 balls in Bengaluru. He hit 12 fours and 16 sixes.

In 13 November 2014, Rohit Sharma again registered the highest individual score in ODIs – 264 vs. Sri Lanka of 173 balls in Kolkata. He hit 33 fours and 9 sixes.

Chris Gayle (215)

Chris Gayle was the first non-Indian to score a double ton on 24 February 2015, during the 2015 World Cup – 215 vs. Zimbabwe of 147 balls in Canberra. He hit 10 fours and 16 sixes.

Martin Guptill (237*)

West Indies were at the receiving end of a second double ton as Martin Guptill on 21 March 2015 powered New Zealand into the semi-final – 237* vs. West Indies of 163 balls in Wellington. He hit 24 fours and 11 sixes.

Rohit Sharma (208*)

Yet again Rohit Sharma does it. Rohit Sharma became the first to score three double tons on 13 December 2017 when he tore apart a Sri Lankan attack – 208* vs. Sri Lanka of 153 balls in Mohali. He hit 13 fours and 12 sixes during this match.

Fakhar Zaman (210*)

Fakhar Zaman scored the first double century by any Pakistan batsmen on 20 July 2018 vs. Zimbabwe, scoring 210* of 156 balls in Bulawayo. He hit 24 fours and 5 sixes.

*Records have been compiled as on November 06, 2019

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Fantasy Cricket – Iconic Cricket Pitches of the World

Pitch conditions play a massive role in how a cricket match plays out and based on that points can be earned in the online fantasy cricket contests. Usually, pitches are groomed to fit international standards; but sometimes games are disrupted by unplayable pitches.

A pitch is affected by several factors like dew, weather condition, wind and ground. This means, it also affects the scoring points of daily fantasy cricket games at 11wickets app

Here are some of the most iconic pitches around the world and play fantasy cricket online.

Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo

Saravanamuttu Stadium, also known as the Colombo Oval, was the host to India’s warm-up match against the Sri Lankan Board XI before the real series back in 2001. The first two days were quite normal and the Sri Lankan Board XI managed to get 326 runs on the board before being bowled out. But, on the third day, the bounce turned out to be quite odd and the ball rose almost to the shoulder level even from good length! The game was suspended then, just after 0.2 overs of the third day and the umpires stated that the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium pitch was not fit to play and was unsafe.

WACA, Perth

WACA stands for Western Australia cricket association, and the ground, normally termed as Perth, has a pitch recognized to add extra jump to every ball delivery that kisses it. Cricketers mainly have to play out of their skins to win a match there. The concept of bat first or second hardly matters for this pitch, and arguably this is the fastest pitch in the world which demands more application from batsmen than somewhere else.

In south of Western Australia – a place Waroona from where curator Sam Sutherland imported the clay in a bid to revive the carry bowlers used to get at WACA pitch in the seventies. This was completed after the 2010-11 Test amid Australia and England. Earlier in 2000 an interstate match had to be called off when umpires decided the pitch was too risky to play.

Sabina Park, Jamaica

Even the best of pitches turns to be a graveyard for the batsmen, if ignored by the ground staff. England found that out in the first Test of their series in the West Indies in 1998, when they were sent packing for 51 at Sabina Park, much to their distress.

In reality, Kingston is one of the few venues that have often offered support to the bowlers over the last few years. Corey Collymore bagged 7 for 57 against Sri Lanka in 2003 and 7 for 78 against Pakistan in 2005, Steve Harmison took 7 for 12 in 2004, while Stuart Clark nailed 5 for 32 in 2008. The conflicting bounce is very treacherous apart from the cracks that make judging the line tough. During that Test match in 1998 between West Indies and England, many were left bruised because of the poor condition of the pitch.

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi:

Delhi has been a Traditional Test centre for India. And Kotla is where Anil Kumble routed the Pakistanis to become only the second bowler after Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a Test innings. But the pitch here came under harsh criticism in 2009. The fifth and final ODI of a series against Sri Lanka which India had previously won was suspended after the pitch was deemed too risky for match. The pitch was later classified as out of condition in the match referees report and handed a 12 month ban by the ICC. Run by the DDCA and founded way back in 1883 this was a blot on the ground’s famous history. Till date officials are wary before awarding it a big game.

Kingsmead, Durban:

It has seen lots of batting collapses over the years and whether it come to Tests or ODIs pacers just rule the roosts here. If we see decade wise fast bowling averages it might have got fairly higher but the extra grass left these days more than recompenses. It is easily the fastest pitch in South Africa and maybe the second fastest in the world after Perth. It is no shocker the top 8 wicket takers on this ground are all pacers. Playing here even South Africa are not privilege to the home benefit as even military medium quicks extract ample and dilemma the strong South African batting line up.

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