To play daily fantasy cricket, you embarked upon making a killer fantasy cricket team. Your team composition is the best, you think. Scouting the performances of contemporary players, you have made the best fantasy team ever made in the history of online fantasy games. Now you need a captain who can win you “2X points.”
You are contemplating an all-rounder for the position who can score points for you with both the bat and the bowl. Added fielding agility, a skill most all-rounders possess, would make a dream captain of fantasy cricket. It all looks perfect on paper, but there is more to it.
Let us learn a few tips about selecting a captain for your formidable squad. Choosing the captain and vice-captain can make all the difference between winning and losing.
Contribution of a captain and a vice-captain
These two positions together can get you the maximum points, precisely 3.5X. Typically, a captain gives you 2X, and a vice-captain gives you 1.5X fantasy points. If both the captain and the vice-captain score 20 points on a match day. You get 40 points from the captain and 30 points from the vice-captain. They maximize your chances of winning the cash rewards.
However, you must always select a player as captain and vice-captain who you think will perform well on the matchday. Once you have chosen the captain and vice-captain and submitted your team, you cannot change them for the matchday.
Captain and vice-captain statistics
Do some data crunching to decipher the statistical analysis. You can find the data on ESPN or any reputed sports website. You can select players based on their form, consistency, and track record in the recent past. All these are true for the selection of your captain and vice-captain. These are the basic premises for selecting the players for any position on your team.
Fitness and playability
Captains and vice-captains in a real cricket team are automatic selections. They performed for the team when they were not in the designated position. That is why they are where they are. They are not the result of natural selection for a fantasy cricket team.
You need not go through the same criteria for them. The actual team captain may not be your captain. Hence, the playability and fitness of the player you select as the captain and the vice-captain are crucial.
Check for the update on injury and suspension before designating a player as captain or the vice-captain of your team.
Players you select as the captain must have an impressive batting or bowling average. The player is in excellent touch. He is performing in 2 out of every three matches. Captain scoring over 50 runs or picking 2-3 wickets is the bare minimum tb eligible for the position of captain. All-rounders must be among the runs and picking wickets in every match.
You will often find a team skewed toward batting or bowling. If you look at the Australian or England teams, they are great batting lineups. If you look at Pakistan, they form a formidable bowler-heavy squad with relatively weaker batting. Balance your skewed team by selecting a captain who can significantly contribute to the downside of your team. If you are a strong batting lineup, try to choose a bowler captain or a vice-captain, and vice versa.
Opposition composition and playing condition
Again, it gets down to statistics. Some players have a good performance track record against certain opponents. Like in history, VVS Laxman always had a penchant for playing against Australia. He was a must-select player for India’s tour to Australia.
Analyze the strength of the opposition. Is the team batting heavy or bowling heavy? According to you, select a batter captain or a bowler captain. If the batting lineup is weak or not deep, you may choose a bowler captain who can take wickets deep down in the lineup. If the team has a weak bowling attack, you may select a batter captain who can take advantage and score runs by exploiting the bowling conditions.
Pitch analysis is essential. A pitch could be batter-friendly or bowler friendly. Weather can be cold, humid, or overcast. It will affect the payment conditions of both teams. Select the captain and the vice-captain after factoring these.