Fantasy Cricket – 10 batsmen with Longest Sixes

That’s six! Do you remember how many points a six will add in you fantasy cricket scoreboard? For all formats, you get to score 3 points.

However, apart from enjoying and scoring points in daily fantasy cricket, for most of the cricket fanatics enjoy sixes at stadiums. With great boundaries and long sixes, it’s a treat to eyes of these fans to watch cricket matches from stadium.

Hitting six is an art and not many cricketers are blessed with it. Players like Chris Gayle Sanath Jayasuriya, MS Dhoni, Shahid Afridi, Yuvraj Singh, David Warner, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, and Adam Gilchrist are some of the most gifted big-hitters in cricket. Let’s take a look at the longest six hitters ever in cricket. Read them on and play cricket online at 11wickets app :

Albert Trott, Lord’s 1899 – 120 meters

Albert Trott was a test cricketer who played both for England and Australia. He has played 5 test matches in his career and 375 first-class cricket matches. During a game against Australia at Lord’s in 1899, Trott hit a six to the roof of the pavilion. The ball travelled to a distance of 120 meters. He is the only player so far to send a ball to roof of the pavilion.

Shahid Afridi, Johannesburg 2013 – 120 meters

Pakistani cricketer, Shahid Afridi is one of the destructive hitters of the modern cricket era. He has hit over 450 sixes for Pakistan in International career. Some of his sixes are quite big. One of the six he hit was against South Africa during 3rd ODI at Johannesburg on March 17, 2013. It was a huge one and traveled 120 meters.

Mark Waugh, Perth 1997 – 120 meters

The stylish and elegant hitter of Australian team, Mark Waugh was not a powerful hitter. During a test match against New Zealand at Perth, Waugh hit a six. The ball went 120 meters and is one of the longest hits ever in cricket history.

Victor Trumper, Redfern Oval 1903 – 120 to 125 meters

Victor Trumper was an Australian cricketer and represented his national team in 48 test matches. In a club match for Paddington, Trumper struck a ball out of the ground and broke a second-story window across the street, estimated to be around 120–125 meters long. It was a really huge one, especially during that time.

Adam Gilchrist, Dharamshala 2011 – 122 meters

The former opening batsman for Australian cricket team, Adam Gilchrist has tormented bowlers in the past. During a game of Indian T20 league, batting for Punjab team, Gilchrist hit a huge six that travelled 122 meters.

Simon O’Donnell, MCG 1993 – 122 meters

This is the incident of a first-class cricket match. During Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales in 1993, Simon O’Donnell hit a huge six. The ball travelled 122 meters to the third tier of the Great Southern Stand at Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is one of the longest ever six in Australian grounds.

Albie Morkel, Chennai 2008 – 124 meters

This one is arguably the longest six in Indian T20 league history. During a game between Chennai and Deccan team, Albie Morkel struck it over the mid-wicket region for a huge six that went out of the Chepauk stadium. It went a long distance and ended up at 124 meters.

Aiden Blizzard, Perth 2008 – 130 meters

A dangerous Australian cricketer in T20, Aiden Blizzard is famous for his swing and powerful shots. In one of his matches, Blizzard hit a left-arm seamer for a six over the square leg boundary that traveled 130 meters.

Brett Lee, Gabba 2005 – 130 to 135 meters

He is the most unexpected candidate of hitting longest six ever. Brett Lee is here to take this glory away from all others. While taking bat in hand, this terrific Australian bowler hit a massive six at Gabba in a test match on 2005. The ball went to a long distance of 135 meters and landed in the parking area.

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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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Open your World to Fantasy Cricket

Dreaming a lot and running after them is not something wrong. The best part is to realize them and make it possible. Game of cricket has given a rise to the dream of selecting one’s own team of players that can play and win the game for you. There are many fans who dream that they should be a part of the selector team. India Fantasy cricket is one such opportunity for the fans. In this game, names of the players who are playing in that particular tournament usually listed and points allotted to them. These points are allotted based on several factors such as the form of the players, his previous performance and many other things.

Each player is fixed certain points and within the total points they have to build the team. This makes it mandatory for you to keep in mind that the sum total of all the selected players cannot exceed total allotted budget points. It is here that the actual knowledge of the cricket fan and his selection skills are put to trial. Cricket is the game of passion and action. It is this game that caters to the needs and requirements of fans. As per the name suggests, it is the fantasy of a person that is being realized with this game.

Popular games among the cricket fans

This game has become quite popular among the cricket fans. It enables a cricket fan to choose a team of 16 members. Usually, the team is of 11 members with 5 reserves. These team members can be your favourite players. The cricket enthusiast will be the selector, coach and manager. All these roles played by the cricket fans enable them to know the exact functions of these three posts. During the time of a cricket tournament, fans feel like being a part of the action. And daily fantasy cricket helps the fans to enjoy the action along with fulfilling the dreams.

The sport depends on team performance

Cricket is a game that depends upon the performance of team. It is the team effort that fixes the winning strategy of the team. This is the main reason that the fans have to select the team members carefully. Fantasy cricket is like a boon to the cricket fans. In fact, it is one of the most rewards earning game. Rotation of the fantasy cricket team tends to fetch you more money. This can be done from time to time to earn good profits. If you are not satisfied with the performance of the player, then you can also replace him.

A lush green field, stumps, bat and ball, and players running on the field are important symbols of an ongoing match. The madness for cricket has spread in such a way that people have been following it like a deity. Every other home will have one all-rounder or a good batsman or a bowler. It is the magic of cricket that has engulfed the entire world in its fold. Just see the atmosphere that prevails at the time of a tournament. Fans just stick themselves either to the television or websites to get the updated information.

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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 : 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.  To your knowledge, the first international match in this stadium was between India and West Indies. It was on November 6, 2018. And with that, it became India’s 52nd international cricket ground.

India now has a total of 52 grounds. These grounds 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. Moreover, 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. Furthermore, England is known to be 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.

We all know, 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. But, a new ground keeps coming up every now and then. There are some states like Maharashtra that have minimum 4 international cricket grounds.

Read on about the most international cricket grounds in any nation. And join 11wickets app for daily fantasy cricket games.

India:

India has the highest number of international grounds, 52. International cricket in India for the first time played in December 1933. It was in 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 – 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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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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Fantasy Cricket: Greatest Test Cricket Bowlers of All-Time

A warm hello to all the ardent cricket lover and fantasy cricket league gamers of 11wickets.com! The debate about who are the greatest Test bowlers of all time can be endless. That is because greatness does not decide by pure statistics only. The truth is, great bowlers require to exhibit potential dominating over great batting line-ups in all conditions.

They need to put up steady performances over a long time. And have that x-factor that terrifies batsmen every single time he bowls and his potential to increase your online fantasy cricket scoreboard for you.

Hence, there is a pool of players who deserve among the best. One can debate which one is better than the other but very few can claim against their place in greatness. Let’s now look at the greatest Test bowlers of all time and play daily fantasy cricket.

Richard Hadlee

Hadlee is synonymous with New Zealand’s rise as an ambitious cricket nation. Although his early years were fairly unremarkable, his single-handed exploits in taking out solid batting line-ups of top teams helped set up his credentials as a one man-wrecker.

Amazingly, he was dominating over opponents irrespective of being part of a pretty unimpressive bowling line-up. His amazing performance against Australia in consecutive home and away series wins is one such focus on that continues to be etched in all New Zealand fan’s mind.

His 9 for 52 remains to be the best bowling figures on Australian soil. He led that performance by adding six more wickets in the second innings. It’s not a much to suggest that Australia has never been reeled just like Hadlee shook them on home soil.

Additionally, Hadlee made an even less likely win against India in India in the Mumbai Test. Hadlee was the first bowler to go beyond the 400 wickets mark in cricket history. His career average of over 22 is proof of this great fast bowler’s successes.

Muttiah Muralitharan

Muralitharan beat all the odds and emerged as the greatest spin bowler of all time. In an eventful eighteen years cricket career, his story is one of strength. His prominence over opposing batsmen was almost enchanting. The truth is, his exploits were so amazing that a threatened section of the cricket world began tossing questions about the legitimacy of his bowling.

People taunted and harassed him by detractors for being a “chucker.” Yet, nothing broke this amazing bowler’s resolve. His 800 career Test wickets at an average of 22.7 continue to be a record even today.

Glen McGrath

Glen McGrath was simply a medium-fast bowler whose bowling speed clocked around the 135 kph tag. He was the height of discipline. His potential to find a vulnerability in the rival batsman’s mental prowess and then to methodically exploit that drawback with his exact bowling was what he was renowned for. McGrath proved that the most successful bowler is one that has the ability to persistently bowl the right length and line in any state.

McGrath’s approach almost always included bowling just out of the off-stump in the corridor of uncertainness. His cricket career record of 563 wickets at an average of just over 21 is even more amazing when you look that he was just a medium-fast bowler with no other techniques except precision and swing. Glen McGrath’s knack for picking out wickets and harassing batsmen renowned.

Wasim Akram

Akram was an expert of both conventional and reverse swing. All-time greats such as Tendulkar, Laxman, and Gooch are among Akram’s biggest fans and are on record proclaiming him as the toughest bowler they faced. Akram’s average in the sub-continent is better than his entire cricket career average. In a cricket career of over 19 years, Akram has picked up 414 wickets at an average of 23.6.

Besides Waqar Yunus, Akram formed the most deadly opening bowling combos. His ability to make use of the conditions both with the new and old ball made him so unique. To emerge as the best bowler from a nation that has produced greats such as Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Yunus speaks volumes of Akram’s adventures with the ball. There is no question about the greatness of this leftie.

Malcolm Marshall

People regarded Marshall to bowl ferociously and his bouncers were unbelievable. As part of the famous West Indies quartet consisting of Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, and Michael Holding, Marshall was the quickest and most effective. He was the only fast bowler who crashed Sunil Gavaskar as well.

His outstanding Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who’s taken more than 200 wickets. He could be remembered for any number of performances but what he shines for is his on the whole dominance, over opposing batsmen, that he maintained during his playing career.

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IPL Fantasy Cricket – Tale of Quirky Extras

This is the time of the year when IPL fantasy cricket fever has hit the entire nation. Already, the tournament is slowly nearing to its end. After the jam-packed T20 season, both the Indian side and the overseas players will compete for the highest glory in cricket, World Cup 2019.

For sure, this year is the season for cricket lover and the IPL T20 fantasy cricket fans. Do you know any other way a cricket team scores runs in the field apart from batting? Yes, you have guessed right! Extras! An extra means a run scored by a manner other than a batsman hitting the ball.

No batsman is given the credit of accumulating the extras for his side. The extras are calculated separately on the scoreboard. Extras have been the saving grace for many teams on several occasions, and even for IPL fantasy league fans.

Here is a list of teams scoring most extras in an innings during IPL T20 cricket game. Read them on:

Tale of 28 Extras

During the 4th IPL match at Kolkata on20 April 2008, Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders were playing. Chasing 110 runs made by Deccan, KKR scored 112/5. They earned 28 extras, which is till date highest in IPL history. The 28 extras included 4 byes, 8 leg byes, 15 wides and 1 no ball. KKR beat Deccan by 5 wickets with 6 balls remaining.

Tale of 27 Extras

During the 63rd IPL match at Dharamsala on17 May 2011, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing. Batting first, KXIP made232/2 runs and in reply, RCB could score121 only. KXIP earned 27 extras, which is second highest in IPL history. The 27 extras included 7 byes, 14 leg byes, 4wides and 2 no balls. KXIP beat RCBby 111 runs.

Tale of 26 Extras

During the 47th IPL match at Kolkata on16 May 2009, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings were playing. Chasing 147/5 runs made by Mumbai, Chennai scored 151/3. They earned 26 extras, which is till date third highest in IPL history. The 26 extras included 16 leg byes and 10 no balls. CSK beat MI by 7 wickets with 5 balls remaining.

During the 39thIPL match at Jaipur on17 May 2008, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing. Batting first, RR made 197/1 runs and in reply, RCB could score 132/9 only. RR earned 26 extras and these26 extras included 1 bye, 6 leg byes, 18wides and 1 no ball. RR beat RCB by 65 runs.

During the 54thIPL match at Mumbai on16 May 2015, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders were playing. Batting first, RR made 199/6 runs and in reply, KKR could score 190/9. RR earned 26 extras and these26 extras included 3 leg byes, 18wides and 5 no balls. RR beat KKR by just 9 runs.

Tale of 25 Extras

During the 27thIPL match at Mumbai on6 May 2014, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing. Batting first, MI made 187/5 runs and in reply, RCB could score 168/8. MI earned 25 extras, which is fourth highest in IPL history. The 25 extras included 4 byes, 8 leg byes, 12wides and 1 no ball. MI beat RCB by 19 runs.

*Records have been compiled as on April 18, 2019

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