In online fantasy cricket, it is not always bat and ball. There are a lot of things that go hand in hand with this sport. One of the major one is fitness! It is not about having the best physique; a cricketer needs more stamina to survive during the fantasy cricket leagues to offer decent winning points for the 11wickets App users.
The Windies run maker, Chris Gayle once said that T20 cricket is the most difficult format in daily fantasy cricket. This is because of the intensity of the game. Tests are strenuous because of their long 5-day format. And even though ODIs were meant to be a way to reduce the strain of Test cricket, they still require a lot of patience particularly from players who have crossed the age of 35.
Here are five current players who have been playing cricket and entertaining the fantasy cricket fans for the longest time.
Chris Gayle – West Indies
Christopher Henry Gayle or who we know as Chris Gayle has been the star of West Indies team. He is the barbarous hitter and king of records for the team. He began his international cricket career on 11 September 1999 and has played 297 matches so far. With 10386 runs in his sleeves, the 39 years cricketer has the current all-time average of 38.04. Along with terrific batting skills he has taken 166 wickets at an average of 35.53. His highest score in ODI is 215 against Zimbabwe.
Shoaib Malik – Pakistan
The 37 years old Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik has been named as the unsuccessful jack of all trades. He began his international cricket career on 14 October 1999 and has played 287 matches so far. Making 7534 runs, Malik has the average of 34.56. He has taken 158 wickets at an average of 39.19. His highest score in ODI is 143 against India.
Marlon Samuels – West Indies
The 38 years old Jamaican top order batsman, Marlon Samuels began his international cricket career on 4 October 2000. He has played 207 matches so far and made 5606 runs with an average 32.98. Samuels also has taken 89 wickets at an average of 46.37. His highest score of 133* came against Zimbabwe during the last World Cup 2015.
Hamilton Masakadza – Zimbabwe
The 35 years old Zimbabwean current skipper, Hamilton Masakadza started his ODI career on 23 September 2001. He has played 207 matches so far and made 5631 runs with an average 27.88. Masakadza also has taken 39 wickets at an average of 41.59. His highest score of 178* came against Kenya on 18 October 2009.
Mashrafe Mortaza – Bangladesh
The 35 years old Bangladeshi bowler, Mashrafe Mortaza is the current skipper for the team. Popularly known as “Narail Express”, Mortaza is the first real fast bowler of the team. He started his career on 23 November 2001 and has played 216 matches till now. He has taken 266 wickets at an average of 32.76 and economy rate of 4.86. Mortaza has also scored 1771 runs with an average of 13.84. His best innings bowling of 6/26 has come against Kenya on 15 August 2006.
*Records have been compiled as on January 17, 2020
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