Fantasy Cricket – Some Lesser Known Facts about Virender Sehwag

‘Nawab of Najafgarh’, Virender Sehwag, has given sleepless nights to many bowlers all over the world during his international cricket days. His explosive batting has been great entertainment to all his fans, young or old, irrespective of the format that he played. He was fearless and always took the bowlers ‘head-on’. With very restricted footwork, his hand-eye synchronization has been flawless while he stayed on the crease for batting.

When daily fantasy cricket was played during his career days, he was a consistent player for anyone’s dream team. It is sad for many fans to not watch him on the crease and batting after his retirement on 20 October 2015.

Let’s check some of his lesser-known facts whether we can include him in our India fantasy cricket team or not:

Sehwag holds the record for the highest score by an Indian batsman in Tests. He scored 319 runs against South Africa at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on 28thMarch, 2008.

Virender Sehwag holds the record for the fastest triple century, 300 runs off 270 balls, in the match against SA at Chennai.

His score of 309 against Pakistan scored on 28 March 2004, against Pakistan at Multan is the second-best score following his 319 runs against SA.

Sehwag nicknamed ‘Sultan of Multan’

Sehwag’s knock of 293 runs against Sri Lanka registered at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, is the third-best personal score by an India batsman. In this match, he scored the fastest 250 runs (off 207 deliveries) by any batsman in the world.

Virender Sehwag is one of the four batsmen in the world to have crossed 300 runs twice in Tests.

He is the only player in the world to score two triple hundreds and take a five-wicket haul.

Sehwag’s father tried to end his cricket career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990, but he evaded the ban with the help of his mother.

In the 1999-2000 season, Virender Sehwag was the fourth-highest run-getter in Duleep Trophy.

He was seventh on the list of Duleep Trophy top scorers in the 2000-01 season.

Sehwag blasted the second-fastest ODI century (off 60 deliveries) by an Indian batsman on 11 March 2009, playing against New Zealand.

His highest ODI score of 219 runs was registered against West Indies at Indore on 8 December 2011.

Seven ODI centuries scored while chasing a target

Sehwag holds the record for most runs in Tests by an Indian batsman on a single day. He had scored 284 runs against Sri Lanka on 2nd December 2009, in Mumbai.

Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, are the only two Indian batsmen to have scored six double centuries in Tests.

Of the six double centuries scored by Virender Sehwag, three were against Pakistan.

On 11 occasions, Virender Sehwag has converted his hundreds to 150+ runs.

Virender Sehwag has been involved in two consecutive double century partnerships in an innings of a test match. On 27-28 March 2008, he was first involved with Wasim Jaffer for the first wicket (213 runs) and then with Rahul Dravid for the second wicket (268 runs), playing against South Africa in Chennai. This was the first time in the history of test cricket that the first two wickets resulted in double-century partnerships.

The above feat was repeated 03-04 December 2009, when playing against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium, Sehwag was involved in a double century partnership (221 runs) for the first wicket with Murali Vijay and another double century partnership (257 runs) with Rahul David.

2011 World Cup saw Sehwag launch the first five of India’s innings with a first-ball boundary.

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Fantasy Cricket: Boxing Day Test Matches still have Life in it

Nowadays there are many daily fantasy cricket gaming platforms such as 11Wickets by Kolkata based Ability Games, which offer the ardent cricket fans choose their dream team for the almost all cricket tournaments and series.

One of the most important tournaments in the world of cricket and online fantasy cricket at 11wickets.com is the Boxing Day tournament. Yes, we know that you are aware of it. But let’s talk about it for the ones who are taking interest in the world of cricket lately.

Beginning of Boxing Day Test match

Boxing Day Test match is played in Melbourne, Australia between Australia and the cricket team traveling Down Under that summer time. It starts on Boxing Day, which is 26th December, and is played on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). These matches are usually played since 1950.

These games are at their finest when England tours Australia in summer. Boxing Day Test matches between these two teams have experienced great memories and perhaps they are counted in the lists of a few best Boxing Day Tests.

The most important ever Boxing Day match at the MCG was played out between these two teams which captivated 60,486 fans who experienced a thriller. Australia won that game by just 28 runs. Thus that was just a trailer, the approaching years had even more surprises for the cricket crazy nation.

The custom still carries on as the crowd there love sports. They present you with in large numbers on the Boxing Day to enable them to spend some time with friends and family and relax after having a hectic Christmas Day.

Boxing Day Test match of Australians

The Australians would not get to have the Ashes entertainment each year as the series is every four years. And it’s not compulsory that every summer there is a team scheduled to tour Australia. So the Boxing Day is focused very often by the competition between the two states, Victoria and New South-Wales during the Sheffield Shield matches.

Boxing Day Test match of Kiwis

In New Zealand too, yearly Boxing Day Test matches were played between the Black Caps and the touring team for summer. But afterwards, one-day international matches substituted Test matches for the Boxing Day competition and it is played at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

Boxing Day Test match of The Proteas

The South Africans take up the Boxing Day match customarily at the Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban – each time a National team is touring SA for a summer otherwise they do not have it.

You will find few occurrences which have marked their place in historical past of Boxing Day matches. Who is going to forget Shane Warne’s 700th wicket in the 2nd Test match of 2006-07 Ashes? His bowling victim was England’s Andrew Strauss. Warne retired from International cricket following that series.

Umpire Darrell Hair no-balled the Legendary Muttiah Muralitharan 7 times during the second Test match of 1995 series in Melbourne. As stated by Hair, the bowler twisted his arm and straightens it along the way of delivery which is regarded as an unlawful action in cricket.

Looking at few unforgettable Boxing Day Test matches, we come across that the Aussies have already been on the winner’s team a lot of times.

1995-96 Sri Lanka vs Australia

This match was a good example of Australia’s prominence in the Boxing Day Test matches. The Aussies have scored 500 in the first innings, including Steve Waugh and David Boon’s centuries. The oppositions still did not make even the half the score so they returned to bat for the second innings.

The Sri Lankans bundled for 307, thus setting the Australians having a small target of 41 runs. The Kangaroos won this match by 10 wickets easily.

1998-99 Australia vs England

It was the 4th Test match of 1988/99 Ashes. Poor scoring in a Test match causes it to be nail-biting that was shown in this match. England gave us only 270 runs in the first innings, while the hosts reached the 340 mark prior to getting all out.

The Aussies got a target of 174 in their last innings however they couldn’t deal with even that. They lost their wickets rapidly 7 wickets in about 30 runs. England won just by 12 runs. Dean Headley was the player of the match as he took six wickets in the 4th innings.

2002-03 Australia vs England

The Australians had saved the Ashes that year with 4-1 win over England. They had been annoying their arch rivals since 1989 by winning the series each time. The Boxing Day Test match of 2002 had granted the Australian team a lead of 4-0.

Justin Langer was the Man of the Match for making double century in the 1st innings which worked out for the Aussies to reach 551 additionally Mathew Hayden’s 105.

2008-09 South Africa vs Australia

The match between Australia and South Africa holds the 2nd position behind the Ashes. The Boxing Day Test match was the 2nd Test in 2008-09 series where Africans’ bowling section led by former World No 1 Dale Steyn shook the Australian cricket team batting order.

The Australians was able to make only 394 and 247 in their two innings. South Africans had to make 183 to win and they did it with nine wickets left.

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Fantasy Cricket : Most International Cricket Grounds in a Country

We all know how cricket grounds affect our fantasy cricket teams. International cricket grounds attract more crowds than others. Ekana International Cricket Stadium at Lucknow has been recently renamed to Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium.  The first international match in this stadium was between India and West Indies on November 6, 2018. And with that, it became India’s 52nd international cricket ground.

India now has a total of 52 grounds that have hosted at least one international cricket match. It just proves the enormity of the fantasy cricket game in the country. In the past decade, there have been many new grounds that have come up. The facilities provided by them are world-class. It’s another sign that India is a superpower in the game of cricket.

After making a debut in 1933, India now stands 29 ahead of England in terms of international venues. England is known to be the initiator of the game yet it doesn’t have even half the number as India. Australia and Pakistan have the 3rd and 4th largest number of international cricket grounds respectively.

Cricket in India is pretty widespread. Every state that participates in the Ranji Trophy has a ground of its own. Although not every venue has hosted international games, a new ground keeps coming up every now and then. There are some states like Maharashtra that have as many as 4 international cricket grounds.

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India:

India has the highest number of international grounds, 52. International cricket in India for the first time played in December 1933, when the Gymkhana Ground in Bombay. India played host to the India-England Test match.

England:

England has 23 international grounds. The first ground, The Oval at Kennington in London debuted on 1880 when England and Australia played.

Australia:

Australia has 22 international grounds. The first ground, Sydney Cricket Ground debuted on 1877.

Pakistan:

Pakistan has 21 international grounds. The first ground, Bahawal Stadium at Bahawalpur in Punjab debuted on 1955.

South Africa:

South Africa has 16 international grounds. The first ground, St George’s Park at Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape debuted on 1889.

New Zealand:

New Zealand has 16 international grounds. The first ground, AMI Stadium (formerly Jade Stadium and Lancaster Park) at Christchurch in Canterbury debuted on 1930.

West Indies:

West Indies has 14 international grounds. The first ground, Kensington Oval (The Mecca) at Bridgetown in Barbados debuted on 1930.

Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka has 10 international grounds. The first ground, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium (Saravanamuttu Stadium/ P. Sara Oval) at Colombo in Western Province debuted on 1982.

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Fantasy Cricket – ODI Hundreds in Consecutive Innings

Scoring a 100 in cricket innings is one thing and scoring 100s in consecutive innings is other things. This feat has achieved by Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman, Kumar Sangakkara.  The competition goes tight and heat increases while forming a daily fantasy cricket team which includes these notable cricketers.

All users keep their nerves tight for selecting the players of online fantasy cricket and they keep tracking the current squad updates and if there is any injury or player out of form should be analysed and fantasy cricket team at all new fantasy cricket app 11wickets app at will be formed according to it.

We are here today to play cricket online and tell you about the ODI centuries in consecutive innings. Read on:

Kumar Sangakkara – Sri Lanka

This Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman was destined for batting stardom. Kumar Sangakkara is the only batsman to hit century in 4 matches consecutively. From 26 Feb 2015 to 11 Mar 2015, he played 4 ODI with Bangladesh, England, Australia and Scotland. At each of these match innings he scored 105*, 117*, 104 and 124 runs respectively. And to everyone’s delight, Sangakkara scored all the four consecutive centuries in ICC World Cup.

Zaheer Abbas – Pakistan

The right arm stylish and elegant Pakistani batsman, Zaheer Abbas comes next to our list. He scored three consecutive 100s against India during India tour of Pakistan on December 1982-83. He scored 118, 105 and 113 runs in three innings respectively. Abbas is the first cricketer to achieve this record in the history of ODI cricket.

Saeed Anwar – Pakistan

Another great batsman from the Pakistani cricket side, Saeed Anwar was famous for his majestic timing and placement. During the Champions Trophy at Sharjah, Anwar scored 107 against Sri Lanka, 131 against West Indies and 111 against Sri Lanka.

HH Gibbs – South Africa

Herschelle Gibbs, the right hand batsman of South Africa, is one extraordinary batsman for the South African team. Superlatives will fall short to address this great cricketer. During the Champions Trophy on September 2002, Gibbs scored 116 against Kenya, 116* against India and 153 against Bangladesh.

AB de Villiers – South Africa

He is one of the talented cricketers of modern cricket. AB de Villiers has scored three consecutive centuries against India and West Indies and achieved the incredible record in ODI history. During South Africa tour of India, Villiers scored 114* and 102* at two match innings respectively. Soon after the end of this tour, South African team went for West Indies tour and in the first ODI Villiers scored 102.

Hence, this was our short list of ODI hundreds in consecutive innings!

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Fantasy Cricket – Number Game between Virat and Tendulkar

There was a time for the Indian cricket fans, when they screamed from the stadium “Tendulkar, Tendulkar.” And now these fans scream, “Virat, Virat.” Imagine an online fantasy cricket team for fantasy matches having Virat Kohli and the team winning match.

Virat Kohli has become the fastest batsman to reach 10,000-run mark, hiding Sachin Tendulkar’s record by 54 innings. Here’s a look at the comparison between Kohli and Tendulkar in ODI cricket. We are guessing, with kind of performance, you can win a number of fantasy cricket matches at brand new fantasy cricket app 11wickets app by having Kohli in your daily fantasy cricket team.

Both of these players are the only batsman to score centuries and finish 10000 ODI runs. Tendulkar completed this milestone in 2001 against Australia at Indore while Kohli reached this landmark in the 2nd ODI against West Indies at Visakhapatnam.

Kohli vs. Tendulkar in ODIs

Kohli took 54 innings less than Tendulkar to hit 10,000 ODI runs in career’s first 205 ODI innings, there’s an average difference of 17.31 and a strike rate difference of 6.33 in Kohli’s favour. Furthermore, in as many innings as Kohli, Tendulkar hit 16 lesser ODI centuries, which puts Kohli above him in every sense in first 205 ODI innings.

Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli
Innings 205 205
Runs 7829 10076
Average 42.31 59.62
SR 86.52 92.85
50s/100s 43/21 48/37

 

Kohli vs. Tendulkar in ODIs chases

Kohli is a modern day master of run chase. A massive average difference of 22.38 between him and Tendulkar in career’s first 116 ODI innings while chasing validates that Kohli is a force when it comes to chasing in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli
Innings 116 116
Runs 4663 6032
Average 46.16 68.54
SR 92.30 94.51
50s/100s 25/13 28/22

 

Average strike rate comparison in ODIs (Till 10K runs)

A positive average difference in the following table shows Kohli’s constancy power among his peers in ODI cricket. Tendulkar presented power domination among his peers during his time in ODI cricket with a difference of 15.01.

Average Others Difference SR Others Difference
Sachin Tendulkar 42.63 27.90 14.73 86.52 71.51 15.01
Virat Kohli 59.62 31.73 27.83 92.85 85.99 6.86

 

Sachin Tendulkar amassed 1,000-plus runs in 4 calendar years in ODIs from his 1st 11 calendar years while Kohli achieved the same in 6 calendar years during the same period.

Virat Kohli is the only batsman to have an average more than 75-plus although winning the matches in ODIs amongst batsmen who have made at least 1,500 runs in ODIs in winning causes. Instead, Tendulkar scored 11157 runs at an average of 56.63 in winning matches for the Indian cricket team in the 50 over format.

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Fantasy Cricket – Rewind to greatest ODIs of all time

ODI online fantasy cricket matches are always interesting. However, there have been a few matches that are exceptionally brilliant. The first ODI match was played in 1971 between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

When the first three days of the third Test were washed out, officials decided to abandon the match and, instead, play a one-off one day game consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. And this was the beginning of ODI and a new ear for the online cricket games fans.

Over the years this fantasy cricket format has presented some nail-biting finishes, remarkable individual performances and some truly astonishing victories against the odds.

Dishing out a few of the great ODI matches to the daily fantasy cricket fans of 11wickets app has been a herculean task for us. However, we have tried to compile a small list. Have a read on:

  1. Sri Lanka v Australia – 1st ODI at Melbourne (3 Nov 2010)

After being the three-time defending world champion, Australia hosted Sri Lankans in a 3-match ODI series. It was before they were scheduled for the 2010/11 Ashes series. During the 1st ODI of the series, Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss. However, they could only set a target of 240 for the Islander team.

Sri Lanka started poorly and lost both their openers at 19 runs. For the third wicket, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene added 54 runs before Jayawardene was dismissed. At 107 they already lost 8 wickets. Australia was on the verge of winning the match. Lasith Malinga joined Angelo Mathews and added a record 132 runs for the ninth wicket. Malinga was run out when the Lankans needed one run to win and the last batsman, Muttiah Muralitharan hit a boundary to seal the win.

  1. India v Sri Lanka – 1st ODI at Rajkot (15 Dec 2009)

Yet another ODI in which Sri Lanka were the visiting team and had to chase. They won the toss and chose to field first and India scored 414 runs.

The Lankans reached 316 for the loss of only two wickets. At the end of the 37th over, Sri Lanka needed only 89 runs from 78 balls, they had eight wickets to spare. However, in the next four overs, they scored only 21 runs and lost 3 wickets. During the penultimate over bowled by Zaheer Khan, 2 wickets more were gone and only four runs were scored. In the final over, the Lankans could only score seven runs and India won the match.

  1. New Zealand vs Australia – Pool Match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Auckland (28 Feb 2015)

The two co-hosts and eventual finalists of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup played a pool match at Auckland and the Aussies chose to bat first after winning the toss. However, they were bowled out for only 151 with Trent Boult picking up 5/27 in his ten overs.

In reply, the Kiwis raced to 78/1 in only 7.3 overs and they still only needed 73 runs from 42 overs. At the ninth over, Aussie bowler Mitchell Starc uprooted two wickets and gave the Aussies a glimmer of hope. However, the two Kiwis Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson added 52 runs for the fifth wicket to swing the momentum back in their favour. In the end, the Kiwis won that match.

  1. India vs England – Final, NatWest Series at Lord’s (13 Jul 2002)

Who can forget the exclusive moment when the then Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly rejoiced in a unique way after his team won the epic match against England.

The 2002 NatWest Series was a tri-series where England hosted India and Sri Lanka. After playing six games each in the league stage, India and England played the final at Lord’s.

In the final, England set India a target of 326 runs. India started their chase well and reached 106 in only 14.2 overs with Captain Sourav Ganguly scoring a searing half-century. However, they were soon reduced to 146/5. At the sixth wicket, young Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif added 121 runs for the sixth wicket before Yuvraj was dismissed. India still needed 59 runs off 50 balls which was reduced to 12 runs off 15 balls after a 47-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Kaif and Harbhajan Singh.

Kaif scored nine runs in the 49th over which left India only two runs short of the target but Zaheer Khan was on strike for the final over. Khan scored those two runs in the third ball of the over to give India a famous victory at Lord’s

  1. England vs New Zealand – Final, ICC Cricket World Cup at Lord’s (14 July 2019)

Is there any doubt, who will rule this spot? We don’t have. The finale of World Cup 2019 has written its name permanently in the history of cricket. The thrill, the drama of this match has surpassed many great ODIs.

Both the English and the Kiwis were competing for their maiden World Cup. The Kiwis won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 241 runs in their 50 overs but defending a low total against the might of the English batting was going to be a tough task.

In reply, England lost 3 wickets with only 86 runs and nearly 27 overs left to play. New Zealand had the upper hand but for the 5th wicket, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler put on a 110-run partnership to swing the game in England’s favour.

After some breath-taking moments, England scored 241 all out in 50 overs. The match was a tie. In the last over, Stokes did not take a run off the first two balls to keep the strike and hit a six off the third ball. In the fourth ball, he hit a full toss to deep midwicket and called for two but Guptill’s throw deflected off a diving Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary.

England needed three off the last two balls and tried to get two runs off each ball only for the non-striker to be run out on both occasions which resulted in a tied match. The game had to be decided in a super over but both teams scored 15 runs each and as a result, England have crowned World Champions because they scored more boundaries in the 50 overs.

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Fantasy Cricket – Top Spinners of All Time

Cricket has evolved to be a fast-paced sport that could convey immediate gratification to its huge followers. Furthermore, the introduction of leading-edge technology in sports has offered possibilities for teams to analyse and catch-up with a few of the strategies and tactics that their opponents use on the cricket field, which also helps the cricket fans who play daily fantasy cricket games.

Spinners play an extremely essential role in cricket and in scoring the points for the ones who play fantasy cricket leagues of various matches at 11Wickets app, the flagship fantasy gaming platform by Ability Games. They often bowl more on a declining track on the last two days of a Test match. Thus, it is usually easily determined that spinners take the most important part in completing matches.

There are primarily two sorts of spinners in the online cricket games of 11wickets app : off-spinners and leg-spinners. Off-spinners generally utilize their fingers to spin a ball while the leg-spinners use their wrists. It is, but, tougher to bowl a leg-spin delivery than an off-spin one. Off-spinners can be better in comprising runs as they generally tend to have more control over their deliveries.

Let’s now check out some the best spinners in history of cricket:

Derek Underwood

Underwood was an English slow left-arm orthodox bowler, meaning that he is accustomed to bowl off-spinners with his left arm. He was probably one of the most excellent spinners in the 1960s and 1970s. And finished up acquiring 297 wickets in 86 Test matches at an average of 25.83. Underwood as well performed in a World Cup for England. But since one-day cricket had not been in fashion those days, he could not have in a lot of it.

Underwood was fairly successful in the sub-continent. However, his bowling was extra suitable for the moist pitches of England. He took the majority of his wickets on his home turf and continued to be one of the powerful weapons for his part for over a decade. Underwood also continues to be the most successful spinner England cricket team had ever.

Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly was an Australian leg-spin bowler and was nicknamed “Tiger” for his crouching, intense bowling. He was the first bowler to have efficiently bowled leg-spin in Test cricket and played in the 1930s and 1940s.

Sir Don Bradman selected him as the best spinner he had come across and if that compliment was not ample, O’Reilly also had taken 144 wickets in just 27 Test matches for Australia. The second World War swindled him of a few valuable years in his major cricket career otherwise his wicket tally might have increased significantly.

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is among the most successful bowlers ever with 619 Test wickets. He performed in 132 Test matches and completed with an average of 29.65.

Kumble had not been a major turner of the ball and depended more on his precision and cleverness to get wickets. He was quite hard to work out on Indian tracks and made life unpleasant for a lot of a touring batsman with his googlies and slow yorkers. He was as well hard to score off and accustomed to bowl hardly any loose balls.

Kumble also played in 3 World Cups for India and was really the top wicket-taker in the 1996 World Cup. He took 337 wickets in 271 ODI matches for India. Kumble as well took 1136 wickets in his outstanding career. His international cricket career continued almost 18 years and he also had the privilege to be Indian team captain.

Muttiah Muralidharan

Muralitharan ought to be amongst cricket’s most controversial and skilled personas. His record of acquiring 800 wickets in 133 Test matches and 534 wickets in 350 ODIs is impossible to be exceeded ever.

“Murali”, as he was widely referred to as was a Sri Lankan off-spinner, however mainly used his wrists to turn the ball. He had outstanding power on line and length besides the fact that he was capable of generating an enormous turn.

Shane Warne

Not much ought to be said of a man who nearly single-handedly changed cricket by rewarding the ability of leg-spin bowling. One of the most charming players to have played the sport, he continues to be one of the best match winners of all-time. He was really an invaluable cricketer for his team.

Warne featured in 145 Test matches for Australia and took 708 wickets with 37 5-wicket hauls. Warne may well turn the ball a good deal, had outstanding control on line and length and got various LBW dismissals with his deadly flippers.

Warne’s bowling average was 25.41 in Test matches. Warne also had taken 293 wickets in 194 ODIs and 1319 wickets at 26.11 in his first-class cricket career.

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Fantasy Cricket – Favourite Munchies for Cricketers

Strict diet, daily practice sessions, fitness regime and hectic tours all around the world! The cricketers don’t lead an easy life. Cricketers work out all the extra fats to keep themselves energetic and enthusiastic on and off the field. And we see their fitness level while choosing them for our online fantasy cricket team.

These cricketers always find time to munch their favourite food going out to their favourite hangouts, just like we sit with our bowl of favourite dishes when we select our playing XI for at 11wickets.com daily fantasy cricket match.

So we look at the cricket heroes who love different dishes:

MS Dhoni

The coolest former skipper of Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a weakness for Kebabs, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Pizza and Naan.

Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, the current ‘King’ of world cricket and also the heartthrob of the nation is a fitness freak and gives his heart to Sushi. But being a Punjabi, he is a big time foodie though he strictly maintains his diet. And recent news says that he is turning into vegan.

Yuvraj Singh

The former heartthrob of Indian cricket, Yuvi or Yuvraj Singh loves continental dishes and in Indian delicacies, his favourite is Kadhi Chawal & Matar Paneer.

Rohit Sharma

The terrific Indian batsman, Rohit Sharma craves for Aloo Paratha.

Sachin Tendulkar

The Indian batsman for whom the world is crazy, Sachin Tendulkar has a lot of favourite dishes including Keema Parathas, Prawn Masala, Lassi, Sushi and Sashimi.

Abraham de Villiers

The explosive South African skipper, Abraham de Villiers enjoys Paneer Capsicum Pasta, Grilled Fish and Grilled Halibut with Pepper Salsa and Peach.

Chris Gayle

The Jamaican star cricketer and party lover, Chris Gayle is a fan of Saltfish and Ackee. He just loves the sea food. He also loves Biriyani and Keema.

David Warner

The former captain, David Warner loves to eat chicken avocado sandwich which has fresh salad ingredients as well as low-fat mayonnaise.

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka is known for fishing. Kumar Sangakkara, the batting legend of the nation, loves to eat seafood, with rice and fish curry being his favourite.

Stuart Broad

The lanky pacer of England Cricket Team, Stuart Broad loves Yorkshire pudding and sausages.

Hungry now? Okay, you can try out these things with your friends.

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Fantasy Cricket – The Tale of Cricket Helmet

The daily fantasy cricket fans have noticed that in the sport, cricketers often wear a helmet to protect themselves from injury. A helmet also saves from concussion by cricket ball.

If the reader of 11wickets.com fantasy cricket platform have played cricket, they will know that a ball is very hard. It can be bowled to them at speeds over 90 miles per hour/ 140 km/h. Cricket helmets cover the whole of the skull, and have a Perspex visor to protect the face.

Even the fantasy games fans know that fielders positioned very close to batsman often wear a helmet and shin guards. Nowadays it is almost unheard of for a professional cricketer to face a fast bowler without a helmet. Meanwhile, a few batsmen prefer not to wear a helmet when facing spin bowling.

Hear the tale of helmet from us and keep playing online fantasy cricket and win prizes daily.

The beginning

There are recorded instances of cricketers using towels, scarves and padded caps to protect themselves throughout cricket history. Patsy Hendren was one of the first to use a self-designed protective hat in the 1930s. Helmets were not in common use until the 1970s. The first helmets were seen in World Series Cricket. The Englishman Dennis Amiss is the first player to consistently wear a helmet. He decided to wear helmet to save himself from lethal bowling attack of Australia and West Indies.

In 1977, he went to a motorcycle helmet manufacturer and the manufacturer came up with something lighter than the usual motorcycle helmets of those days. The helmet Amiss wore was a customised fibre-glass motorcycle helmet.

Mike Brearley was another player who wore his own design. Tony Greig was of the opinion that they would make cricket more dangerous by encouraging bowlers to bounce the batsmen. Graham Yallop of Australia was the first to wear a protective helmet to a test match on 17 March, 1978, when playing against West Indies at Bridgetown. Later Dennis Amiss of England popularised it in Test cricket. Helmets began to be widely worn thereafter.

The last batsmen at the highest (Test match) level to never wear a helmet throughout his career was Viv Richards, who retired from the international game in 1992.

After 1978, helmet gained popularity in the cricket world, in spite of the booing by the spectators. The wicket-keepers and close fielders started wearing the gear to avoid injuries. The initial helmets were heavy and produced a lot of heat due to the material used. Early helmets also had ventilation issues. Some designs also obstructed proper vision.

Art behind the design

Over the years, helmets have evolved a lot in style, design and protection. A cricket ball weighs anything between 155.9g to 163 g. It is bowled with varying speeds, touching or crossing 145kmph. Helmets nowadays are designed keeping this in mind. Modern helmets are designed to absorb the ball’s energy by becoming deformed, or dented, on impact. They contain foam injected in to the cavity between the inner and outer shells to help this.

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Refreshing Fantasy Cricket Facts Guaranteed to Blow your Mind

It is impossible to be the part of India and not get affected by the love-wave of cricket. You will find more fantasy cricket fans in India than you will find in the entire world!

Cricket is an amazing sport. Sometimes its interesting numbers makes us jump from our seats. While at other times, the unexplored regions of this online fantasy cricket sports leave us mesmerised.

This sport has inspired many teenagers, youth, and kids along with its extra joy of winning game power. No doubt, this game has stolen hearts of all, no matter the age group, and they love playing the daily fantasy cricket games at 11wickets.com that is the best online cricket platform of India.

Here we go with some refreshing facts of the sport. Read on and play fantasy cricket league games:

Lankan solo test win

Sri Lanka has a solo Test win against Australia till date. Australia toured the Island nation in 1999 in a 3 match test series and the host won the series by 1-0 margin.

More ODI wickets for Jayasuriya

Sri Lankan former cricketer and skipper Sanath Jayasuriya has more ODI wickets than Australian bowler, Shane Warne.

Shere Bangla hosted more ODIs than Lords

Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla stadium and Bangabandhu stadium have hosted more ODIs than Lords of England.

Gilchrist’s test record after debut

Former Australian skipper, Adam Gilchrist holds the record for playing the most number of Tests straight after debut. He played 96 Test matches between 5th November 1999 and 24th January 2008 without dropping out from any of them.

Ishant Sharma and highest scores against India

Ishant Sharma is responsible for all the three highest scores made by a batsman against India in 2000s. 294 Runs by Alistair Cook at Edgbaston in 2011, 329 Runs by Michael Clarke at Sydney in 2012 and 302 Runs by Brendon McCullum at Wellington in 2014. They were all dropped by Ishant Sharma early on in their innings.

Maiden overs by Bapu Nadkarni

On 12th January 1964, Indian spinner Bapu Nadkarni bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs against England at Chennai. His figures were 32-27-5-0 which is an economy rate of 0.15 per over which is the lowest of all bowlers where 10 or more overs were bowled.

Above 4000 wickets by Wilfred Rhodes

Wilfred Rhodes of England took 4204 wickets in First Class cricket. No, we are not joking. He actually did take more than Four Thousand wickets. He also scored 39969 runs. He began plsying first class cricket from 1897.

Centuries of Sir Jack Hobbs

Sir Jack Hobbs of England scored 199 centuries in his First Class career. He joined to first class cricket after 1905.

19 wickets by Jim Laker

The English cricketer who played from 1946 to 1959, Jim Laker once took 19 wickets in a Test match.

A century in knock out stages of World Cup

Saurav Ganguly is the only Indian player to score a century in the knock out stages of a World Cup.

Centuries in Semi-Final and Final of a World Cup

Sri Lankan cricketer, Mahela Jayawardene is the only batsman to have scored centuries in both the Semi-Final and Final of a World Cup.

Most number of not outs in Test cricket

The player with the most number of not outs in Test cricket is not Rahul Dravid, but Courtney Walsh. He’s been unbeaten a total of 61 times in 185 innings.

4 consecutive Man of the Match awards

Saurav Ganguly is the only player to win four consecutive “Man of the Match” awards in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar and his 1989 batchmates

In 1989, along with Sachin Tendulkar, 23 other cricketers made their International debuts. The last one to retire before Sachin was New Zealand’s Chris Cairns, who retired in 2004.

A wicket off the very first ball

Inzamam Ul Haq took a wicket off the very first ball he bowled in International Cricket.

Highest scores of Viru

Virender Sehwag’s highest scores in T20, ODI and Tests are 119, 219 and 319 respectively. He scored 119 in an IPL game.

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