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 – Largest Margin of Victory by Runs in Test Matches

The first International Test match was played in 1844 between the United States of America versus the British Empire’s Canadian Province. The Canadian team won the test match by 23 runs then. Think about the excitement of the spectator in those times. Perhaps it was the same or even more than people have now when they play fantasy cricket at 11wickets app now.

After almost 175 years of the beginning of International test matches, today perhaps the frequency of these matches played have gone down but this hadn’t affected the popularity of cricket or online fantasy cricket.

Let’s take a look at some of the records where a test cricket team has won a match with the largest margin of runs in a match. Read on:

England vs. Australia

In the 1st Test match between England and Australia during the England tour of Australia at Brisbane on November 30 to December 5 1928, England made 521 & 342/8d while Australia could just reach to 122 & 66 runs. This resulted in England winning the test match with a margin of 675 runs, which is till date the highest margin victory achieved by any nation in the International cricket scenario.

Australia vs. England

In the 5th Test match between Australia and England during the Australia tour of England at London on August 18-22 1934, Australia made 701 & 327 while England scored 321 & 145. When the result was declared, it was obvious that Australia won by 562 runs.

Australia vs. South Africa

In the 4th Test match between South Africa and Australia during the South African tour of Australia at Melbourne on February 17-21 1911, Australian team scored 328 & 578 and South African team made 205 & 171. Australian team won the teat match by 530 runs.

South Africa vs. Australia

In the 4th Test match between South Africa vs. Australia during the Australian tour of South Africa at Johannesburg on March 30 to April 3 2018, South Africa scored 488 & 344/6d and Australian team scored 221 & 119. South Africa won the test match by 492 runs.

Australia vs. Pakistan

In the 1st Test match between Australia and Pakistan during the Pakistan tour of Australia at Perth on December 16-19 2004, Australia scored 381 & 361/5d and Pakistan scored 179 & 72. Australian team won the match by 491 runs.

Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh

In the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh during the Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh at Chittagong on January 3-6 2009, Sri Lankan Team made the huge rub of 384 & 447/6d while Bangladesh scored 208 & 158. At the end, Sri Lanka won the match by 465 runs.

West Indies vs. England

In the 3rd Test match of West Indies and England during the West Indies tour of England at Manchester on July 8-13 1976, West Indies scored 211 & 411/5d and England scored 71 & 126. West Indies won the match by 425 runs.

Australia vs. England

In the 2nd Test match of Australia and England during the Australian tour of England at London on June 24-29 1948, Australia took their scoreboard to 350 & 460/7d and in the answer England could only make 215 & 186. Australia won the match by 409 runs.

West Indies vs. Australia

In the 3rd Test match of West Indies and Australia during the West Indies tour of Australia at Adelaide on January 26-30 1980, West Indies scored 328 & 448 while Australia made 203 & 165. West Indies won the match by 408 runs.

Australia vs. England

In the 2nd Investec Test match of Australia and England during the Australia tour of England and Ireland at London on July 16-19 2015, Australian team made 566/8d & 254/2d while England scored 312 & 103. Australia won the match by 405 runs.

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Fantasy Cricket-Indian Celebs who are Cricket Fanatic

Whether it is fantasy cricket games or real cricket matches, you utter the word “cricket” and see the gleam in the eyes of Indian cricket fans. It is worthy to see the excitement of the Indians when any match is played on Indian grounds or when Indian cricketers are playing a match.

The Bollywood stars are also not behind when it comes to cricket. Leave alone the stardom, in any match of India, they cheer the team with the same excitement and thrill in their heart as the common Indians do. Let’s find out the craziest of the Bollywood celebs who are crazy about cricket. Read on and begin creating your online fantasy cricket team.

Shah Rukh Khan

There is no necessity to explain how much Shah Rukh Khan follows any match, in particular, cricket. Shah Rukh took his love of this sport to the next height when he bought a stake in IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. He also widened his presence in the world of cricket after buying a portion of CPL team Trinbago Knight Riders.

He cheers his team with passion and it is also said that he follows superstitions so that his team wins every time. Shah Rukh’s love for cricket is not new-found. It is a noted fact among his fans that he was the representative of his college cricket team.

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan is an enthusiastic cricket fan and never misses a chance to cheer for the Indian cricket team. His attraction in the game can be seen through his tweets as he follows the game incredibly carefully. Bachchan makes sure to congratulate the Indian cricket team following all their victories on Twitter.

At the time of his younger days, the actor himself took time out of his routine and had been caught playing cricket. He is also known to be close to cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is also noticed relaxing watching a cricket game even on the sets of his film. It was once rumored that the Akshay had set up TV sets at the movie sets so that no one misses the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

His kids and friends are Akshay’s buddies most of the time. He flows the game even when touring and stays in contact using his phone. Kumar mentions that Virat Kohli is his present-day favourite player.

Suniel Shetty

Once an ambitious cricketer and today a veteran Bollywood star, Suniel Shetty’s life revolved around cricket, before taking over the silver screen. Shetty has been a life-long enthusiast of the game. It a popular fact that Shetty once was an aspiring cricketer prior to turning to bodybuilding and ultimately becoming an actor.

He is frequent at the crucial India games and Indian Premier League matches. He roots for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Mumbai-based team. He is also a part of Celebrity Cricket League team Mumbai Heroes.

Ritesh Deshmukh

Ritesh Deshmukh is another Bollywood star who is regarded to be cricket crazy. Ritesh has been seen posting photos in the Indian jersey and screaming out slogans supporting India at the time of crucial matches.

Sometimes, he has also been captured playing during shoots pushing the director to take breaks. Clearly, there have not been any problems to the producer as he makes up for his work afterward.

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Fantasy Cricket – We All Love Suresh Raina

The left-hand batsman, Suresh Raina, has played 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is and 18 Test matches for India scoring 7,988 runs, seven centuries and 48 half-centuries. Additionally, he is the top-rated run-getter of Indian T20 fantasy cricket league games and has won three T20 league trophies with Chennai team.

An online fantasy cricket team can do very well if it picks Raina and he is in his performance.

Let’s take a look why would we prefer him in fantasy cricket India team of 11wickets.com . Read on:

Kashmiri roots

Suresh Raina’s father Trilok Chand comes from Rainawari in Jammu and Kashmir. His mother, is right from Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. Nevertheless, his family settled down in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Raina is one of five siblings while he has three elder brothers named, Dinesh, Mukesh and Naresh. He has one sister named Renu.

The UP sports hostel setup

Being a teenager, Raina needed to leave Ghaziabad and go on to Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, to enlist at one of the state’s sports hostels. From moving there in 1999, Raina labored his way up the age groups. As per the rules, he was permitted to keep his room in the hostel for about seven years. It had been only in 2006, when he was already an India player, that Raina emptied out it.

At 16, an India Under-19 debut

Raina was 16 when he was initially picked to represent India Under-19s on a tour to England. In the first match, he secured 72 runs in an informal four-day ‘Test’ for a team led by Manvinder Bisla and presenting Ambati Rayudu and Irfan Pathan, his future India teammates. Tim Bresnan was a leading face in that England team.

A duck on India debut

Referred to the senior Indian team at the age of 18 following his achievement in domestic cricket and for representing Indian sides, Raina’s international debut was not a day to recollect. Against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005, the left-hand batsman was out at very first ball by the one and only Muttiah Muralitharan. Bagging a duck on ODI debut put him together with Sachin Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan.

The IPL superstar

Raina has really been the ruler of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Contracted with the Chennai Super Kings ever since the beginning of the league – with the exception two seasons with Gujarat Lions when the franchis was revoked – Raina has been a T20 giant. He is CSK’s all-time best run-scorer with 4985 at 35.10, two hundreds and 34 fifties. Additionally to these numbers, Raina has 96 catches and 36 wickets for CSK. His run count of 4985 is also the most for any cricketer in the IPL.

India’s T20 giant

Raina’s achievement for CSK and India has placed him at the top of the list of the nation’s leading run-getters in T20 cricket. With 7929 runs in 280 career T20 innings, Raina is the top scorer for India well before Virat Kohli who has 7809 from 236 innings. He and Kohli have four T20 hundreds each.

Youngest to lead India in T2oIs

Raina is the youngest cricketer to captain India in T20 internationals. He captained India the first time when he was 23. He also tends to be the second oldest to lead India in ODIs, after Tendulkar.

Indian cricket’s first 1-2-3 hero

When Raina hit a 100 on Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2010, he had become the first Indian to have a century in every format of international cricket. Raina had struck his first ODI ton against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2008. His, and India’s, 1st T20I 100 came against South Africa in the 2010 ICC World T20 in the West Indies.

A proper finisher

In 55 excellent ODI run-chases for India when Raina has batted, the 32-year-old averages 66.60 at a strike-rate of 101.74 with two hundreds and 13 half-centuries. This average is behind Kohli (98.93), MS Dhoni (97.81) and Rayudu (116.60) and just Virender Sehwag has a better strike-rate (105.96)

A vocational chef

Raina loves cooking. He has revealed that during his earliest tour as a skipper of the Indian team, he had prepared food for the entire team besides Ashok Dinda.

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How to Win the Big Fantasy Cricket Matches

The eagerness for fantasy cricket in India has reached the sky in the past few years. People of all age groups absolutely love to play fantasy games, isn’t it? But when it comes to India, the number of people who play fantasy cricket at 11wickets.com is at its peak during any of the big tournaments.

Everybody in this world wants easy money, and if you are lucky enough, these Fantasy cricket games might do the trick for you. You can go from rags to riches over-night and there have been many such stories of individuals who have earned plenty by winning these fantasy cricket games and leagues.

However, luck isn’t the factor when it comes to winning fantasy games. You got to have the skills and knowledge to pick the right players for the right occasion. So, here are a few tips that’ll help you win. Try to follow these steps the next time you play any fantasy cricket game!

Study the pitch and conditions:

Before the start of any match, you get to know about the pitch and weather conditions. Whether it’s a batting-friendly pitch or will the bowlers play a dominating role, the experts study the pitch and overhead conditions to let you know all these details. Hence, take into consideration these tips while selecting playing XI.

Select one opener from both teams:

When the pitch is hard, flat and good one for batting, try to select at least one opener from both teams. Openers often tend to give good starts while batting, but make sure you select the openers based on their current form. Use your brain and not you heart, while selecting the batsmen in your team.

Take a look at records and statistics:

There are many websites that’ll provide you with the record of a particular player at a particular ground. So, before selecting your playing XI, just go through these stats and numbers as it’ll give you a fair idea of how to go about with your team selection.

Player’s record against a team:

Also, do not forget to check out a player’s statistics against a particular opposition. There are many players who have excellent records against few teams and bowlers. Make sure to select such a player in your team as the probability of him scoring is very high.

Selecting a Captain or power player:

While selecting the Captain of your team, make sure that you select someone who can make a huge impact on the match. Captain can fetch you double the number of points. So, if you select a player who is the leading run getter/ leading wicket taker or player who has chipped in with a valuable all-round performance, it increases your chances of gaining maximum number of points and winning the fantasy cricket game.

Try to add a couple of less expensive players:

As you get a fixed amount in which you have to accommodate your playing XI, the budget sometimes goes overboard. Hence, in order to make up for all your costly players, try to add in a couple of less experienced but talented players. These are the real gambles in your team! Select these players wisely and based on their current performances. Try to add one uncapped player from both teams, as it’ll let you select the more expensive and impact players.

Well, these are the various tips that’ll help you win fantasy games in a huge country like India, where millions of cricket fans play these games on a daily basis. A bit of luck, selection skills and some cricket knowledge are the keys to success. You win some, you lose some. Winning provides happiness, losing provides wisdom!

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Fantasy Cricket Is Great Idea for Online Sports

Fantasy cricket is a new idea in cricket. With the sport’s origins dating back to almost 1598, online fantasy cricket has been about for a few years. Still, as the world of any sport tends to evolve because of the technical advancement of a society, it seemed unavoidable that some form of an online game would uncover around cricket.

Is this a good thing? Undeniably! Fantasy cricket is superb for not only county cricket, but the game in normal — and here’s why.

What is fantasy cricket?

Fantasy cricket is a pastime that gives players the ability to choose their “dream team.” How it works is by choosing a team of (in most cases it is 11) players, which consist of a mixture of fielders, batsman, bowlers and all-rounders from all distinct sides. Different game versions have distinctive rules, but this idea holds across most cricket game formats. From International Tests to Twenty20, most likely, you can find a fantasy game for most cricket matches at the pro level. The points are then won and lost based on efficiency. The number of runs and wickets, run rate, catches, stumps and ducks and runs conceded all impact the number of points each player gets in a match. These points are gathered over the season or a specific fixed period, and the player’s team with the most points by the closure of it all is successful.

That permits for the creation of leagues among players. Normally, a player’s team gets into in the main, major league consisting of every team made. The winners of which can often win cash gifts.

Why is fantasy cricket good for the cricket?

Well, it comes down to the fact that daily fantasy cricket games at 11wickets.com are more beneficial for the sport.

Cricket does not always offer enthralling fun during every single over bowled. But, with fantasy cricket, it excites fans and gives them an attraction in every ball. A maiden over may seem unadventurous, but that is music to the ears to somebody who has the bowler in their team, as they will score points for that.

It also motivates a boost in viewership for more games. If 80% of fans hardly ever watch any cricket match other than those involving their team, fantasy cricket gives them an invested interest in other games including the players in their team. It allows an additional bonus other than to watch the great game of cricket to watch a match.

Aside from that, it targets another generation of fans. Due to its history, cricket has a lot of older fans. The younger generation is more often exposed to sports such as football than cricket, yet fantasy cricket offers more engagement for those younger fans who may be very likely to come across the sport while surfing around online, as opposed to finding the sport in person.

In the end, there isn’t any drawback to fantasy cricket. It offers another route for the game of cricket to reach promising fans and players, and obviously, that’s a great thing.

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Fantasy Cricket – Know about Types of Bowling

Hey, cricket fans! Let’s talk about balls and bowlers today. We know that on cricket or even in fantasy cricket, bowling is an action of delivering ball to the opponent team’s batsman. Along with batting, bowling is a major concept in cricket.

When you play fantasy cricket at 11wicket.com, the actions with ball and the bowlers brings loads of points n your scoreboard. Hang around with this post and explore the types of bowling cricket world has.

There are two major categories of ball delivery:

Fast and spin bowling

Both categories of bowling is essential in the cricket field. A fast bowler is delivering a ball with more strength and energy. A fast bowler needs to deliver a ball with 130km/h speed or more than it. Fast bowler can bet the batsman by his pace, Yorkers, bouncer.

Again there are two types of pace bowling, fast pace and medium pace bowler. When the average delivery speed of a bowler ranges between 100 km/h to 130 km/, the bowler falls under medium paced. And obviously, fast pace bowler will deliver a ball at a speed of 130km/h or more.

A pace bowler can seam bowling “off cut” and “leg cut”.  A bowler’s middle finger must be at centre of ball and index finger on Non- shining part of the ball. By applying this trick will easily beat batsmen with ‘Off cut’ delivery.

If a bowler have to ball ‘leg cut’ then rub off side part of the ball and your middle finger must be at center of ball and index finger on Non-shining part of the ball. By applying this trick bowlers can ball ‘Leg cut’. There are many fast bowlers, who have more than 140 km/h speed during bowling such as Shoaib Akhtar, Lasith Malinga & Mitchell Starc. There have types of deliveries of fast bowling like-

INSWINGER – Normally ball comes inside for Right hand Batsmen.

OUTSWINGER – It’s like a ball move away from his body part.

SLOWER BALL – A Slower Ball normally delivered to beat the batsman with speed of the ball.

YORKER – A perfect Yorker delivery, arm legs of batsmen and hit the ball powerfully in that specific area.

Swing Bowling

Swing bowling means when the ball moves or rotate towards off side or leg side, known as swing bowling. There are many types of delivery in swing bowling for instance Off spin, Googly, Top spin, Leg break, Off cutter.

Off Spin

Off spin bowling means when a ball goes inside towards batsmen body part for a Right hand batsman.

Googly

When the ball is delivered by off spin bowler, usually he balls a leg spin known as ‘Googly’. Googly delivery helps bowler to beat the batsman by his swing. A Batsman must be focused on bowler’s grip towards his hand to attack him.

Top Spin

When a ball bounces more than its actual delivery. Index finger must be on the seam of ball, thumb and middle finger be on the opposite side of the ball.

Leg Break

Leg break is a swing bowling delivery, which comes in towards the batsmen’s body for left hand batsman and opposite to Right hand batsman goes far from body.

Off Cutter

Off cutter is an off break bowling which swings very quickly than off spin. The reason why it swings more than off spin is the grip, a player’s grip in off cutter bowling changes.

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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.However, 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 – 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 played in 1971 between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

When the first three days of the third Test 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:

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 scheduling 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 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 runs out when the Lankans needed one run to win and the last batsman, Muttiah Muralitharan hit a boundary to seal the win.

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

Yet another ODI in which Sri Lanka were the visiting team and the chasing. 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, bowling 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.

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.

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.

At the finale

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

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 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.

Last suspense moment

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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