From 18th century when cricket came into existence, players have been playing different forms of cricket. Out of the same test cricket is one such platform that not only tests the patience level but also the performance of the players. In case of fantasy cricket games, depending on the test performances of the individual the players are generally selected. Many players have created many records and undoubtedly, they are all good enough! But in test cricket there have been 3 players who have played in all 11 positions!
Although this is an intriguing piece of news for all online fantasy game players however looking at the same will definitely give you chills down your spine. Here’s a brief look at all the three players.
In the early Australian cricket during 1890 to 1912 this man has played around 58 test matches for the Australian team. And coincidentally he has batted in all 11 positions during this tenure. He began his career as the opening batsman and later shifted the position starting from 3rd to 11th position. Out of the same around 12 innings where he played was as number 1 and number 2 batsman. If the concept of fantasy cricket would have been prevalent at that time, then surely this man would have been a favorite choice for any online fantasy league.
This cricketer has also played around 58 matches from 1899 to 1930 and is famous as a very reliable all-rounder for the England cricket team. This player also has made the record of taking the greatest number of wickets in first class cricket matches. As an opener he has played around 43 innings in his career. After this he has played around 11 innings in the number 7th position. He had a relatively satisfying career in the limited time span when he played for the England team. Fantasy cricket leagues do miss the opportunity of including such players in the game. An all rounder is always a good catch in these leagues.
When Australia and England are on the list, then how can India be far behind? Vinoo Mankad is one such player of the Indian national team who have played for all the 11 positions. He has played for the 1st and 2nd positions in around 40 innings and after that in the 8th position for around 10 innings. Within a span of years from 1946 to 1959 he has played in around 44 matches. Undoubtedly while playing fantasy cricket in India, if this player was present then he would have been a good choice.
There are many absurd records in the cricketing fraternity and this is one of them. This is surely a unique one because these players have proved their skills by batting at so many positions. In case the concept of fantasy cricket games was present a few decades back, then these players would have been surely on the upper side of the list.