Tips and Tricks to Choose IPL Fantasy League Players

Indian Premier League is the first of its kind in the T20 cricket games world. India has been playing the brain and host of each and every IPL match since its advent. After IPL we have seen many and perhaps you have made your fantasy cricket teams at several of the cricket premier leagues.

The Indian version of the Premier League has the best players from every cricket playing nation of the world. The quality of cricket has reached a higher point and the entire planet follows this cricket league.

Fantasy cricket, instead, has reached big heights and bonded with IPL makes the perfect combination. IPL fantasy cricket is what every cricket fan awaits for. That starts with picking players for their playing XI, earning points and winning cash. The IPL 2019 is not far away and we here deduce few fantasy tips for all the fantasy cricket fans.

Here are a few tips for you to take note:

The Indian domestic cricket world is full of exceptionally talented players. Continue to keep in-depth attention on the domestic players who stack up good numbers in different matches. You can play your wild card here.

Always select your marquee players cautiously. At 11Wickets the players are highly valued based on their form. Always select the in-form players as part of your IPL fantasy league squads. Fortunately, they are likely to be your favourites for the captain & vice-captain selections.

Play clever. Always make an all-rounder your IPL fantasy captain or vice-captain. As for instance, the likes of Virat Kohli will yield you more points than a batsman who is able to score a quick 30.

Stay up-to-date with the changes the teams usually tend to make before every game. Selecting a player who wouldn’t feature in the eleven may cost you the game on 11Wickets.

The pitch conditions are incredibly important for a cricket game, more so, in terms of the highest level. Understand the team combos and also how a team will probably manoeuvre their batting and bowling line-ups.

Let your instinct take control. There is no harm in checking out different tactics. IPL T20 fantasy cricket consists of a lot of hits and misses.

Thanks for reading! Play IPL fantasy cricket league and enjoy!

A Walk down the Memory Lane of Test Fantasy Cricket

One of the formats played in daily fantasy cricket is test cricket matches! 

Playing fantasy cricket leagues with the pool of test teams’ players can be as exciting as the ODI or T20. Test matches are played for 5 days and thus your fantasy cricket team have the scope to increase your points as much as they for 5 days. 

Today let’s take a look at the past of test cricket match and walk down the memory lane of this popular format of cricket and when the teams started adopting this format. Read on: 

England 

Test cricket journey started when England team began to play in this format in 1877.  And till date, England has played 1002 matches. It has been 141 years of the era of test cricket format. It is England who took cricket to their colonies and popularised the sport and made it global. In these 1002 matches, England won 359 matches while the opposing nation won 297 matches. No match tied for England, though 345 matches drawn. 

Australia 

The Australian team was the one who started the journey of test cricket with England. For the Australian team as well it has been 141 years. This team has participated in 812 matches and won 383 matches. The opponent teams of different nations won 219 matches. 2 matches are tied and 208 matches are drawn. 

West Indies 

The next nation to start participating in the test cricket format is West Indies. Till date, West Indies has played 535 matches with winning 181 of them and the opponent teams winning 188. Out of 535 matches, 175 are drawn and 1 is tied. 

India 

England brought cricket to India and Indian team started to play in the test cricket format from 1932. In total, Indian has played 525 matches, won 145 and lost 162. 1 match was tied and 216 matches are 216. 

New Zealand 

New Zealand began playing in the test format 2 years prior to India in 1930. The team has played 426 test matches since then and out of 426 won 92 and lost 170 matches. 164 matches have been drawn. 

South Africa 

South African cricket team is another one of the oldest team to begin playing in test cricket format in 1889. The Proteas has played 427 test matches since then and won 161 though lost 142. 124 matches have been drawn. 

Pakistan 

Pakistani cricket team started to play in the test cricket format from 1952. Since then the team has played 415 matches, won 134 and lost 123 matches. 158 matches have drawn. 

Sri Lanka 

This small nation began with their test cricket format in 1982 and has already played 274 matches. Sri Lankan team has won 88 matches and lost 101. 85 matches have drawn. 

Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwean team started playing in test matches from 1992 and played a total of 105 matches as recorded this year in 2018. The team has won 11 matches and lost 67. 27 matches have drawn. 

Bangladesh 

Bangladeshi cricket team began playing in test matches in 200 and played a total of 108 matches as recorded this year in 2018. The team has won 10 matches and lost 82. 16 matches have drawn. 

Enjoy reading and playing fantasy cricket games! 

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Lord’s Cricket Ground Shines Vibrantly with Many Records

Playing daily fantasy cricket needs lots of research about the participating teams, players and the cricket ground where the match will be held. 

Without a thorough research, and cricket knowledge, selection of players from the pool of players in the playing XI for fantasy cricket is tough and decreases the chances of a win. Lord’s Cricket Ground, established in 1814, is currently located at St John’s Wood in London. It is one of the oldest grounds in the history of cricket.  

In today’s post we will explore the Lord’s Cricket Ground and hopefully, you can refer to these in your future fantasy cricket games. 

Know the cricket ground:

Lord’s Cricket Ground is located at London in England. The first test match was played in July 21st, 1884. The match was between England and Australia where England had beaten the Aussies by an innings and five runs.  

The longest-running cricket fixture at Lord’s (at the older ground) is the annual match between Eton College and Harrow School. This great sporting schoolboy rivalry began in 1805. 

Till date matches played at the Lord’s Cricket Ground is 137. Among these, 54 matches won by the home side team and 32 matches by the touring side. 2 matches won by the neutral side and 49 matches drawn. Lord’s Cricket Ground do not hold any record of tied matches. 

Highest individual innings at Lord’s Cricket Ground is 333 runs by England’s Graham A Gooch in a match of 1990 against India. It was the highest score in his entire cricket career. 

Best bowling (innings) at Lord’s Cricket Ground is 8/34 by England’s I T Botham in a match of 1978 against Pakistan. 

Best bowling (match) at Lord’s Cricket Ground is 16/137by England’s A L Massie in a match of 1972 against Australia. 

Highest team innings at Lord’s Cricket Ground is 729/6 which was made by Australia in 1930 against England. 

Lowest team innings at Lord’s Cricket Ground is 42 run which was made by India in 1974 against England. 

The highest run chase achieved at Lord’s Cricket Ground is 344/1 by West Indies in 1984 against England. 

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Top Left-Handed Batsmen in International Cricket

How do you select your daily fantasy cricket team? Whom do you include in your team and whom you do not?  

When you are selecting your batsmen for your fantasy cricket leagues online, you both right handed and left handed one, if you get both in your pool of players to select. 

We have lots and lots of right handed batsmen in the international cricket world. And we have some of the very talented left handed batsmen who have changed the definition of success for their respective team through their talent. 

Here is the list of best left handed batsmen of all time in the world cricket  

Kumar Sangakkara 

He is s batsman who possessed a fine technique. With a cool mind, he employs all the strokes in the book, from the back foot and the front foot. His Test average of 57.40 is one of the all time best. A one day career with 25 centuries and 93 half centuries is better than most in the cricket world. 

Brian Lara 

The only player to have a century, a double century, a triple century and a quadruple century in Test cricket! He also has a five-hundred plus score in a first class match! He is a player of extraordinary skills and will always be revered. 

Adam Gilchrist 

Gilchrist believed in ‘See the ball, hit the ball’ principle. Gilchrist opened the batting, played a whirlwind innings. And by the time the opposition caught its breath, would depart having done his job. Going in first or seventh, wearing whites or colour reds, Adam Gilchrist was the symbolic heart of Australia’s steamrolling agenda. And he is the most exhilarating cricketer of the modern age. 17 centuries, HS of 204*, an average of 47.60 that too at a SR of 81.95, are awe inspiring numbers for any batsman, leave aside a number 7, as he was. He is one of the main reasons why Australia achieved the greatness, during his times. 

Matthew Hayden 

Strength was Matthew Hayden’s strength – both mental and physical. This man demoralized the bowler and the opposition like no other. He would time and again intimidate the bowler by moving ahead of his crease and would cart him for boundaries repeatedly and disturb his rhythm. Hayden was one of the finest Test batsmen from Australia, with an average of 50.73, 30 centuries and HS of 380. 

Clive Lloyd 

Mostly remembered as the captain of the famous invincible West Indies squad of the ’70s and ’80s, Clive Lloyd was a very successful batsman. Though not as brutal as Vivian Richards, Lloyd was also a hard hitter of the ball and could demoralise the opposition 

Saurav Ganguly 

Saurav Ganguly is a batsman who combined grace with surgical precision in his stroke play. With crisp timing and stylish drives, Ganguly made batting look beautiful. He has fine records in both ODIs as well as test formats. 

Sanath Jayasuriya 

He is the hurricane who demolishes the bowling in his inimitable style at the top of the innings, changes the way the first 15 overs of the ODIs. With 28 ODI hundreds, an ODI strike rate of 91.20, and a test high score of 340, he certainly is one of the greats who had an impact on the game. 

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The History of Marylebone Cricket Club

The cricket stadiums have now evolved a lot from the past years. It is said the aura of a cricket stadium adds appeal to the game. Don’t you choose your playing XI in the fantasy cricket games, according to the ground a match is being held?  

Perhaps now while playing fantasy cricket, you will not come across or find MCC mentioned anywhere, but this one has a deep history linked to cricket. Let us together explore it: 

It was the 1787 and the Marylebone Cricket Club evolved from the White Conduit Club. Thomas Lord laid out his first ground in Dorset Square at the request of members. Lord was forced to move his ground in 1810 to an area bordering Regent’s Park. However, that was far from popular. And in 1814 he moved for the last time to the present site of the stadium. 

In 1825, the initial pavilion, housing the club’s artefacts, was burned down. However, over the coming century, the ground and the club evolved into being the hub of the cricket world. 

Its members amended the laws in 1788 and slowly took on the task for cricket throughout the globe. In the 1870s also drew up the first laws of tennis. The club was the most crucial in the globe during the 19th century and many major matches involved MCC sides and were played at Lord’s. 

The club took over the task of choosing touring sides in 1903 – 1904, previously the domain of private individuals. England overseas continued to be officially named MCC until the late 1970s. 

ICC taking charge of running the international game:

To lots of people’s minds the MCC, famed for its loud colours of red and yellow – more usually referred to as egg and bacon – is something of a relic in modern cricket, and the club is aware of that. As the game evolved so its role in the game changed. The ICC took charge of running the international game and the TCCB which was latterly the ECB, the national one. The MCC took on more of an embassy role abroad, sending high-standard teams, usually featuring a dash of Test and county players, to tour emerging nations as well as fielding more than 400 sides in outmatches across the UK each of the summers. The club has also vigorously promoted the Spirit of Cricket which looks to certify that all players take part in harmony with the culture and spirit of the game. 

In 1997, after years of bitter infighting, it voted to permit women to join the 18,000+ membership and to enter the pavilion. There was no huge overnight influx, mainly because of the waiting list which means it can take two decades to climb on. Nor did the ground shift on its axis. 

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15 Amazing Facts about Cricket Records Made

Are you a cricket fan? Are you tired of sitting at home and staring at the walls or just watching your favourite cricketers playing through your TV set and not participating in the game actively? We all know that fantasy cricket is a game where users create virtual teams and earn points & prizes based on their players’ performances in real matches. 

Thus you can play fantasy cricket and actively participate in your favourite sport. And for that, it is crucial that you know about the facts, history and records of the game. Like our other post, we have brought to you some interesting info, we bet you do not remember. Take a glance: 

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Chris Gayle is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match 

In the 137 years of Test cricket, no cricketer has ever hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. Audacious Chris Gayle achieved this feat against Bangladesh in 2012 off debutant Sohag Gazi. 

Abbas Ali Baig was the first Indian cricketer to be kissed at a Test match 

When Abbas Ali Baig reached a half-century in the third Test match against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium in 1960, a pretty young girl ran all the way from the North Stand to greet the batsman. She kissed Baig on his cheek. 

Vinod Kambli’s Test match average is better than his friend Sachin Tendulkar 

Vinod Kambli played only 17 Test matches which included two back to back double tons. Kambli’s Test average is 54.20 while his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar averages 53.78 after 200 Tests. 

ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri were the only Indians to bat on all five days 

During their respective test matches ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri are the only earlier Indian batsmen to bat on all five days. In 2017 Pujara has become the third to join this list. 

Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi is the only cricket to play test match against England 

The only cricketer to play Test cricket for India and England is Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi. 

Lala Amarnath and Don Bradman 

This happened in the 1948 Brisbane Test. Lala Amarnath is the only bowler to dismiss Don Bradman hit wicket in Test cricket. 

Indo-Pak series match 

There is an eerie resemblance between the Indo-Pak series match at the Austral-Asia Cup held in 1986 and Asia Cup 2014. 

India’s first ever Test match win is 3 years after winning World Cup 

India won the 1983 World Cup and won their first ever Test at Lord’s three years later in 1986. 

World Cup and Test Winning of India – History repeated 

India won their second World Cup 28 years later in 2011 and remarkably won their second ever Test at Lord’s three years later in 2014. 

Alec Stewart was born on 8-4-63 and he scored 8463 Test runs 

In a unique coincidence, former England captain Alec Stewart, who was born on 8-4-63 (April 8, 1963), smashed 8463 runs in his Test career. 

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Interesting Stat Records in Cricket History

It has been over 100 years that cricketers are involved with the game and playing it professionally. Cricket as a sport has seen many evolved since the day it has been played. Test cricket, 60 over cricket, 50 over cricket, T20 cricket games, IPL fantasy league and now the fantasy cricket games. 

With the advent of the online cricket games for the cricket from the last two decades, cricket has reached another height. Today we will tell you some amazing records created by some of the famous cricketers around the world. These records are both ironical and good ones. 

Ishant Sharma and his drops 

Edgbaston 2011 – Ishant Sharma drops England’s Alastair Cook’s ball and Cook scores 294. 

Sydney 2012 – Ishant Sharma drops Australia’s Michael Clarke’s ball and Clarke scores 329*. 

Wellington 2014 – Ishant Sharma drops New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum’s ball and McCullum scores 302. 

Longest Inning of Shahid Afridi 

Shahid Afridi has played 398 ODI matches, in which he has scored over 8064 runs with 6 centuries and 39 half centuries, but he has not played 100 balls in an innings. The highest number of balls he had played is 94 when he scored 109 runs. His longest stay at the wicket was as a runner for Saeed Anwar during his 194 against India. 

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Wickets in First Over 

Pacer Shaminda Eranga of Sri Lanka has grabbed his 1st wicket in 1st over of his debut in all three formats – TEST, ODI and T20 internationals. 

Two Innings in One Day 

On July 19, 1952, India became the first international test team to be dismissed twice in one day. England restricted the Indian to paltry scores of 58 and 82 at Old Trafford. (Scorecard) 

Diamond Duck 

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is only the second batsman in ODIs to be out for a diamond duck (0 off 0 balls) but not get run out. He was stumped off a wide in his first ball. 

Man of the Team 

Being number one ODI bowler in ICC ranking several times, Saeed Ajmal has played 110 one day international matches, and never got man of the match award. Another entrusting fact about him, that he never bowls a no-ball in his career. 

Accuracy at his Best 

Michael Holding has a unique record of bowling more than 900 overs (5473 deliveries) in one-day internationals without a single wide. His teammate Joel Garner is second with 5330 deliveries. 

Oldest/Youngest to Debut 

At 49 years 119 days, James Southerton is the oldest player to make a Test debut, a record unlikely to be eclipsed – he was also the first Test cricketer to die. on 3 Oct 1996, Hasan Raza makes international debut in the age of 14 years and 227 days. 

Keepers are Bowlers 

1st Test: South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 18 to 22 Dec 2013, MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers both removed their Pad and Gloves and bowl for their teams. This was the first time both keepers have bowled in a test match. 

No Need to hit Sixes 

Don Bradman has hit just 6 sixes in his entire career. His simple theory was ‘The less you hit the ball in the air, the less you tend to get out’. 

Say No to Century 

Shane Warne is the leading run scorer of all time that has never hit a century (145 matches, 3154 runs). And Misbah is the leading runs scorer in ODI without scoring a single ton look at complete list. 

First of the First 

Geoff Boycott was the one who faced the first ever ball in One-Day international cricket. Graham Mc-Kenzie was the bowler. 

Hunter of Greats 

Inzamam-ul-Haq took his first ever wicket on the very first ball of his bowling career. do you know who was the victim? It was none other than great Brian Lara. 

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Interesting Facts About Cricket Bats

You are a big fan of fantasy cricket, we know that! Perhaps you are glued to play fantasy cricket at all your free time. 

But have you ever played the actual cricket? Have you ever hold a bat and scored a six? We bet you have! We know your craze for the real sports match you craze for online fantasy cricket. 

Hence we bring you some interesting and worth reading facts about cricket bats: 

In 1624, an investigation was held in England, when a fielder was killed after some batsmen playing cricket nearby struck him in the head to stop him from catching the ball. 

Cricket bats were initially shaped like hockey sticks until changes to cricket laws forced changes to the bat’s design. For instance, before the year 1864, bowlers weren’t permitted to bowl over arm. When this law was reversed, the recent day cricket bat was soon formed. 

In 1979, Australian cricketer Dennis Lille made use of an aluminium bat in a test match against England prior to the umpires intervened and forced him to alter to a wooden bat. Soon after the match, laws were altered stating that all bats must be made from wood. 

Most cricket bats are made from English willow or Kashmir willow. English willow is considered best for performance as it’s a softer and lighter timber. The face of the bat is “pressed” to harden the willow and ensure a better performance. 

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English willow trees take roughly 15 to 20 years to grow before they are ready to be cut for the production of cricket bats. 

Essex Company, J.S. Wright and Sons, are estimated to supply 90% of the world’s English Willow. 

Despite the fact that most bats are made from English willow, 80% of the world’s cricket bats are made in India. 

Cricket bats range greatly in price and have been found to cost anywhere from around $10 for a low grade junior bat to $1100 men’s premium bat. 

Cricket bat handles are made from cane layered with cork or rubber. The handle is inserted into the blade in the shape of a V, bound by cotton and then fitted with a rubber grip. The handle is not only important for grip but also to reduce the shock when striking the ball. 

The most common oil used for maintaining cricket bats is raw linseed oil. 

Top Fielders in the World Right Now

This is the era of limited over cricket, fantasy cricket online. Along with the batsmen and bowlers, cricket fielding plays a crucial role in this sport. 

The reason for that is simple. Runs saved on the field make a difference in closely contested games and as teams can’t afford to leave runs on the field. Hence, the surfacing of top-class fielders across cricket teams has been a natural outcome and these days almost all teams have a few fielders who are quite bright. 

In fantasy cricket games as well, users can earn good points based on the performances of the fielders. So let us take a look at the 4 fielders having great fielding talents. 

David Warner
This Australian cricketer’s fielding is very much similar to his batting. Speed, strength and the eye for break describe him as a fielder. Warner is truly a fielding all-rounder, who can be evenly successful at almost any arrangement of fielding. 

When he fields in the deeper positions, his aptitude to cover ground like a rugby player makes him one of the best boundary rounding fielders in the globe. Batsman has to place it actually well if he has to score a four in Warner’s area. 

Besides that, he is an incredibly safe catcher and even though he is very sporty, he is not known for taking acrobatic catches. Warner also has a very strong arm and sends in fast precise throws from the deep that rules out the option of batsmen stealing runs due to poor throws. Warner’s prowess as a fielder in the circle is evenly effective but it is in the deeper areas where he really comes alive. 

Ben Stokes 

Over the past few years, England’s all-round motivation Ben Stokes has turned into one of the best cricketers in the world and because of his eye-catching all-round exploits, his position as one of the world’s best fielders perhaps goes unnoticed. 

One thing that requires to be remembered about Stokes is that he is an extremely gifted athlete and he brings those raw reflexes when he fields. Like the best fielders, he has no deficit as a fielder and can field at most positions. 

A trait that truly tells us that he is one of the top fielders is his willingness to try the extreme and he pulls it off frequently. Stokes’ sturdy arm, the swiftness of covering ground across the field and a perfect catching method makes him one of the best fielders across the globe now. 

Ravindra Jadeja 

When Indian cricketer, Ravindra Jadeja initially began playing cricket in Jamnagar, his coach had first sharpened his skills as a fielder prior to anything else, and that evidently is demonstrated on the field and when points are earned in fantasy cricket for his performances. 

Jadeja is one of the safest catchers across the globe at the moment; he has pulled off loads of terrific catches at a variety of positions. Added to that, he is one of those rare fielders who can hit the stumps and that makes him particularly risky for batsmen, who may try to steal a single or two. 

Lastly, Jadeja’s throws from the deep are roughly always precise and batsmen always think twice prior to taking liberties when he fields at that position. In all the three formats of cricket, Jadeja has emerged as one of the best fielders in the world. 

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Kieron Pollard 

West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard has an exclusive signature move that no other fielder across the globe has been capable to master and most likely they never will. 

Batsmen often hit flawlessly fine shots that seem to be going over the boundary but then if it is Pollard’s zone then he leaps up and plucks it out of thin air, one handed. The batsmen are frequently made to look foolish. 

Pollard’s 6 feet 4 inches frame and large hands make it possible for him to be winning at this, which is why no other fielder has been capable of mastering it. The timing of the leap is also supreme and Pollard has turned it into an art form. 

But, other than this special aspect of his fielding, he covers a lot of ground rapidly with his enormous strides even though he is not the fastest mover and sends in rocket throws from the deep with the smallest amount of fuss. He is a misleadingly brilliant fielder and is, undoubtedly, among the best fielders across the globe at this moment. 

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