An Incredible Match of Cricket

Hello to all the lovers of fantasy cricket! Are you playing your favourite fantasy sports at your free time? We hope you are!  

It is said as much as it fun to watch any cricket match, it is also the same fun to play fantasy cricket and to know about different historical tales about the sport. So are you up to listen a tale dated back to 1900 and linked to Olympics?

Read on then: 

Being an ardent fan of cricket, which we are sure you are, you may know that cricket is not considered as an athletic sport. Olympic motto is ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’. But cricket do not cut this deal of Olympics and hence there is a huge debate about the inclusion of cricket. 

But in 1900, a cricket tournament was played as part of the 1900 Summer Olympics. The match took place on 19–20 August at the Vélodrome de Vincennes. The only match of the tournament was played between teams France and Great Britain., Great Britain won the match by 158 runs. 

In the 1896 Summer Olympics, cricket had been scheduled as an event at the first modern Olympics. Cricket was being listed in the original programme for the Athens Games then. The event got cancelled due to an insufficient number of entries.  

Again four years later, at the Paris Games, there was also a shortage of entries. Belgium and the Netherlands, who for a time had been regarded as possibilities to co-host the Olympics with France, opted out from the cricket tournament when their co-hosting bids fell through.  

The somewhat random nature of the cricket tournament was mirrored all through the rest of the 1900 Olympics. Events took place all the way through a six-month period from May through until October. 

Taking part in Olympics

Initially, cricket teams representing Belgium, France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands were scheduled to compete in that tournament of Olympics. Belgium and the Netherlands pulled out of the tournament, leaving Great Britain to play with France. Neither France nor Great Britain was nationally selected. The cricket team of Great Britain was a touring club, the Devon and Somerset Wanderers also known as Devon County Wanderers, while the French cricket team, the French Athletic Club Union, included mainly British emigrants living in Paris. 

The match was of two-day, which began on 19th August 1900. The team of Great Britain batted first and scored 117, and bowled France out for 78. In their second innings, Great Britain then scored 145 for 5, giving the hosts a target of 185. The tourists bowled out France at 26 runs to win the match by 158 runs, a noteworthy margin. Interestingly, it was only five minutes of the match remaining, when the Great Britain won the match.  

The Great Britain cricket team was awarded silver medals and the French team bronze medals, jointly with miniature statues of the Eiffel Tower. The match was officially recognised as being an Olympic contest in 1912, and the medals were later reassigned as gold and silver. 

Isn’t this an interesting tale to know? 

Happy reading and enjoy your fantasy games!

Throwback Records of Indian Team in Asia Cup

Hey, cricket fans! We know you have followed the last England – India series and have been disappointed. But we know that India is gifted with some of the greatest batsmen and bowlers, who will fight back to regain the glory. The fantasy cricket leagues matches will be at a new level with India playing in Asia Cup 2018. 

Are you reading with your fantasy cricket team to play and watch the Asia cup? But before that, know about the performance details of Indian team at Asia Cup. 

Most runs in the tournament 

The first Indian cricketer having most runs in the tournament is India skipper Virat Kohli with 357 runs during 2012. 

The second Indian cricketer having most runs in the tournament is master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with 205 runs during 1995. 

The third Indian cricketer having most runs in the tournament is Surinder Khanna with 107 runs during Asia Cup 1984. Khanna mostly played in domestic cricket and played ten ODI for India. He played the role of wicketkeeper in Indian team. 

Most wickets in the tournament 

The list of most wickets in the tournament starts with Ravi Shastri with a record of taking 4 wickets during Asia Cup 1984. 

During Asia Cup 1988, Arshad Ayub has the record of taking 9 wickets at the tournament. 

During Asia Cup 1990-91 Kapil Dev, the shining all-rounder of India has taken 9 wickets at the tournament. 

One of the most talented former bowlers of Indian team, Anil Kumble holds the record of taking 7 wickets during Asia Cup 1995. 

At 1997 Asia Cup, Venkatesh Prasad holds the record of 7 wickets in the tournament. 

Irfan Pathan holds the record of taking 14 wickets, during the Asia Cup. 2004 

Man of the tournament 

In Asia Cup 1984, Surinder Khanna became Man of the Tournament for his 107 runs. 

In Asia Cup 1988 and in 1995, Navjot Sidhu became Man of the Tournament for his 179 runs and 116 runs respectively. 

Man of the match (in final) 

During Asia Cup 1988, Navjot Sidhu became Man of the match for the finals scoring 76 runs. 

At Asia Cup 1990-91 and in 1995, Mohammad Azharuddin became Man of the match for the finals scoring54 runs and 90 runs respectively. 

In Asia Cup 2010, Dinesh Karthik became Man of the match for the finals scoring 66 runs. 

Now, 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! 

Astounding Facts of Virat Kohli

Hello fantasy cricket fans! Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli, the captain of test matches, ODI and Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL matches, is someone who became one of the biggest names and has achieved so much in short span of time. 

When you create your fantasy cricket leagues, you might have seen this cricketer to be in the upper limits of points. If you are just planning to make one fantast league for the next contest at 11Wickets, know him.

Just know some amazing facts about this young and great player

Kohli played a key Ranji match in 2006. In spite of the fact that his father passed away the same day. He made 90 runs in that match against Karnataka. 

Virat Kohli was U-19 cricket team captain led the U-19 Indian team to glory of World Cup in 2008. 

Virat Kohli is one amongst the 8 cricketers who have made 20 centuries in one day international matches. In addition, Kohli is the fastest cricketer to reach this 20 ODI centuries taking just 133 innings for it. This is contrast to 197 innings of Sachin Tendulkar for the same. 

Another laurel in Virat’s bag is that he’s the fourth cricketer to score 1000 runs or more in ODI cricket for three consecutive years. 

Virat Kohli has been a fruitful run scorer from the beginning and is the fastest to reach the 10th, 15th, 18th and 19th centuries in one day international, with the last milestone made against Bangladesh where he scored 136 runs. 

Virat Kohli shares a record with Sir Vivian Richards for being the fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs. 

Virat’s tattoo

Virat sports a dragon tattoo on his arm; it seems that the tattoo brings him good luck. 

He’s the first Indian to make a century on World Cup debut. 

Virat Kohli has been one amongst the 10 best dressed men in the world in 2012. 

Virat Kohli has been the one who scored the most number of ODI and test runs in 2012, earning him ICC’s Cricketer of the Year award. He was just 23 at the time. 

In 2014, Virat Kohli has been ranked as the 2nd most profitable athlete around the globe. 

Sir Vivian Richards honoured Virat Kohli by making a remark that Kohli reminded him of himself. 

Now, when selecting Virat Kohli in your fantasy team, you can consider these facts apart from his latest performance in any match and see whether he score any points for you and make your team win at contest you have entered. 

Enjoy fantasy sports!