Interesting Facts About India & Pakistan In Asia Cup

India is the most successful team in the history of Asia Cup with six cups under their sleeves. Over the years, India’s supremacy has challenged by Pakistan more than any other team. The same is expected when the two teams take to the field on this Asia Cup 2018. Playing daily fantasy cricket matches with both these teams is a thrilling experience for all the cricket lovers and fans. 

Get your fantasy cricket team ready for the matches between India and Pakistan and get to know some of the interesting facts linked with both these teams during the Asia Cup. 

  • India had won the first edition of Asia Cup in 1984 based on points after a round-robin league. There was no final match in this edition of the tournament
  • India and Pakistan have played 11 times in Asia Cup with both the teams winning on five occasions, while the match in the 1997 edition of Asia Cup was abandoned due to rain. 
  • India and Pakistan have never met in the final of an Asia Cup
  • In 12 editions so far, India have been in the final 8 times – winning the trophy of Asia Cup on five occasions. Fascinatingly, all these finals have been against Sri Lanka.
  • Pakistan has reached to the final four times, winning it in the years 2000 and 2012, in which they have beaten Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, respectively. 
  • Pakistan decided not to play in the 1991 edition hosted by India.
  • The 1993 edition scheduled for hosting by Pakistan cancelled because of the strained Indo-Pak relations. 

Enjoy reading and get ready with your fantasy cricket team!

If You Love Cricket, You Will Love Asia Cup

The Asian nations which include Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh regarded as terrific cricket loving nations. And Asia Cup belongs to these nations. The cricket fans might have started to make their daily fantasy cricket teams with the commencement of Asia Cup from this September 15th, 2018.  

Make your best teams and play fantasy cricket online to win prizes and while you are engrossed with the sport, we will tell you about some interesting historical facts about the tournament. 

First 7 interesting facts are following below:

Only three nations – India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan – took part in the 1st Asia Cup held at Sharjah, UAE in 1984. The event began as a round robin tournament, and the playing nation with most victories declared as the winner. Indian team won the cup and Sri Lankan team was the runner-up. 

Sri Lanka hosted the 2nd Asia Cup and as India had poor cricketing relations with the host nation, India pulled out of the tournament. Bangladesh, included in the tournament. Sri Lankan team lifted the final trophy of the Cup for that year. 

The 3rd Asia Cup was held in Bangladesh during 1988 – the first time a multi-nation tournament was held in the nation. India lifted their second trophy by defeating Sri Lanka in the final. 

India’s only 5-wicket haul in the Asia Cup took place in 1998 against Pakistan in a must-win game in Dhaka. It was the right-arm off-break bowler, Arshad Ayub, who attained the milestone. He registered figures of 21/5 to give India the victory. It was lone the first 5-wicket haul in the Asia Cup. 

During the 1990 Asia Cup, the 4th tournament, Pakistan pulled out of the tournament. India was the hosting nation and Pakistan and India has strained political relations. India again won the trophy by defeating Sri Lanka in the finals. 

During 1993, the strained relations between India and Pakistan led to the annulment of the tournament totally. 

In 1995, the 5th edition of the Asia Cup was held in Sharjah. India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, all ended with the same points in the qualifying stage. Sri Lanka and India reached the final on a better net run rate. India won the cup again. 

The next few historical facts:

In 1997, the 6th edition of the Asia Cup was held in Sri Lanka and the nation won the trophy after defeating India in the final. 

In 2000, the 7th edition of the Asia Cup, India failed to reach the finals for the first time. The tournament held in Bangladesh and saw Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win the trophy. 

In 2004, there was a change in format, with Hong Kong and UAE, entering the tournament. For the first time, the competition was dividing into three stages – the Group Stage, Super Fours and Final. Sri Lanka defeated India and won the trophy. 

In 2008, the 8th edition of the Asia Cup, India traveled to Pakistan for the Asia Cup and reached the final. But Sri Lanka defeated India in the final with the help of Ajantha Mendis, who recorded the bowling figures of 6/13. It is also the best bowling figures in the history of the Asia Cup. 

India again won the 2010 Asia Cup, their first in 15 years, after defeating Sri Lanka. In this 9th edition of Asia Cup only four Test playing nations – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh participated. 

Virender Sehwag holds the record for registering the best bowling strike rate in the history of Asia Cup. He achieved the record in a 2010 match against Bangladesh, in which he registered figures of 6/4 in 2.5 overs. 

In 2012, the 10th edition of the tournament Pakistan won their second Asia Cup, after a thrilling final defeating Bangladesh by 2 runs. 

Another few historical facts:

The highest ODI score by Virat Kohli of 183 came against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup. India chased down the target of 330 set by Pakistan, in a match that saw tense moments between the players in the final few minutes of the match. It is also the highest ODI total in the history of Asia Cup. 

In 2014, the 11th Asia Cup, Afghanistan entered the tournament for the first time. The tournament, which held in Dhaka, saw Sri Lanka defeating Pakistan in the final. 

ICC downsized Asian Cricket Council in 2015 and decided that the Asia Cup tournaments will play on the rotation basis in ODI and T20I format. 

In 2016, the 12th Asia Cup, the tournament was held in the T20 format for the first time. India defeated Bangladesh in Dhaka and won the trophy. 

Sanath Jayasuriya is the leading run scorer in the history of Asia Cup with 1,220 ODI runs 

Muttiah Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker in the history of Asia Cup with 30 wickets 

India has won the Asia Cup maximum with 6 times in record, followed by Sri Lanka winning for 5 times and Pakistan winning for 2 times. 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has the best average of 95.16 in the Asia Cup. 

None of the Indian batsmen have ever been dismissed for a duck in the tournament in the ODI format. This record, however, was broken in the T20 format. Sri Lanka holds the record of 17 ducks, followed by Bangladesh with 11 ducks and Pakistan with 9 ducks in the ODI format. 

Enjoy reading and playing fantasy cricket! 

Legends Been Mirrored In These 8 Youngster

These days, cricket doesn’t need any particular season to soar high. IPL season, ICC World Cup, T20 World Cup, any international test series or ODI series. Whatever it is, cricket fans are always high in spirit to take part in watching these matches and cheering for their favorite team. What’s more? Taking part in fantasy cricket games is also the part of cricket fever for the fans! 

Lately, in the cricket league, new talents are spreading fires across the field. Many of these new talents make us remember the legendary cricketers, who were incomparable. The new talents in cricket are making headlines as they are bringing back the treasured memories of the incomparable cricket legends.

Let us count a few of these new talents today: 

Rashid Khan Reminding of Shahid Afridi 

Khan, the leg-spinner of Afghanistan Cricket Team has taken the world by storm since his terrific performance in IPL 2018. Rashid possesses the ability to put batsmen under pressure by bowling quickly through the air, similar to his bowling idol Shahid Afridi, whilst maintaining a precise stump-to-stump line. His major asset is his deadly googly has frequently left batsmen confused, and thus, is famed as one of the best-limited overs bowlers of this generation. 

Rashid’s charm has turned him into a crowd favorite and also has been the top player in fantasy cricket league. Having conquered in the franchise tournaments and the associates’ sports, with Afghanistan’s endorsement to Full Membership and entry into Test cricket, now is the time for Rashid to truly assert his supremacy in all formats. 

Prithvi Shaw Reminding of Sachin Tendulkar 

The 18 years opening batsmen, Prithvi Shaw is the man of the moment. Having impressed with the bat and captaincy during the of late concluded ICC Under 19 World Cup, followed by a remarkable string of performances during the IPL, Prithvi Shaw has hogged the spotlight. With a stunning domestic season for Mumbai, numerous have compared his extraordinary talent with that of Sachin Tendulkar, who also burst onto the scene awfully early in his career. Just like young Sachin, Prithvi has the inclination to take the attack to the opposition. 

Having replicated his game to that of Sachin’s, Prithvi plays the ball late and is fairly punchy in his stroke play. His outstanding base allows him to play all the shots in the book scoring all around the park. Even though somewhat vulnerable in defense, with a little fine tuning, Prithvi has wonderful potential to be an all-time great. 

Quinton de Kock Reminding of Adam Gilchrist 

Gilchrist retired in 2008, his record of 5570 runs including 17 hundred at an average of 47.60 is evidence to a man who redefined the position of the wicketkeeper in the new era. He’s been hailed as the peak wicket keeping batsmen cricket world has ever seen. Since then, almost every nation has tried to find their Gilchrist, with Quinton de Kock most likely being the closest of that dream. A few of the feats he’s attained at such a young age are deep, and there’s no shocker he’s already being assumed a future great. 

Having become a vital part of the South African team across all formats with the bat, Quinton de Kock is evenly good with the gloves in hand. His flawlessly quick hands and intense levels of fitness, has seen him achieve stunners now and then, creating a chance out of nothing. 

Abhishek Sharma Reminding of Yuvraj Singh 

The 17-year-old fearless all-rounder, Abhishek Sharma made his IPL 2018 debut for the Delhi Daredevils playing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, as his cool orthodox cricketing shots stole the attention. Idolizing Yuvraj Singh, Abhishek’s game is almost the same as Yuvraj’s. Alike to Yuvraj, he can be graceful and brutal at the same time. His casual swing of the bat is an enticing sight to watch. Contrary to his physique, Abhishek Sharma can hit the ball a long way. 

Likewise, Abhishek is brilliant with the ball as well. His canny left-arm spin has resulted in numerous economical spells and has a particular ability to take key wickets when necessary. His fitness on the field again has similarity to that of a much younger, livelier Yuvraj. 

Haseeb Hameed Reminding of Rahul Dravid

Haseeb Hameed was one of the few bright sparks and appeared destined to have an ideal career in the future having made his Test debut at the age of 19 against India in 2016. Hameed was aptly stated as one of the outstanding young batsmen for England cricket team, as his debut hinted he could be the opening partner for Alastair Cook that England had sought from the retirement of Andrew Strauss. 

His batting skill drew the contrast to Rahul Dravid as he’s nicknamed ‘The Wall’ back in England. His disciplined and composed style which identifies him as a bit of a throwback, wears bowlers down, as he grinds every run. This technique enables batsmen lower down to convey themselves and play around him. 

Rishabh Pant Reminding of Brendon McCullum

Aggressive, brutal and bright to watch, Rishabh Pant can bruise bowling attacks just like few other men in international cricket. Close to Brendon, Rishabh has been used all through the Indian line up. But when he arrives at the crease it’s not possible to look away. He might have played a few outstanding knocks in the past. Yet, in IPL 2018 Pant took his game to the next level. 

Having been regarded as the Emerging Player of IPL 2018. Pant established his talent by derisively crushing the ball to all corners of the grounds. Next, to his power hitting, he’s got the skill to play all kinds of scoops, discovering his own this season. If he were to carry on this brilliant form, no doubt, like Brendon, he’ll slowly earn the status of being one of the most vicious batsmen of this age. 

Kagiso Rabada Reminding of Dale Steyn

Tremendous pace, the aptitude to swing the ball both ways, and precision have perhaps made Steyn the nation’s best ever. At his prime, Steyn had a scorching run – up, accompanied by a killer out-swinger. He was approximately unplayable at times. Also, a well-built, real quick like Rabada is debatably one of South Africa’s best talents off late. At a mere age of 20, he proclaimed himself to the world stage starting himself as the leader of the South African pace attack. 

Now number one in the world Test rankings, he’s been active for South Africa across all formats. He also has a sound method with the bat and looks comfortable most of the times, in spite of the conditions.  That is extremely scary potential for the opponent team! 

Shubman Gill Reminding of Virat Kohli

A few might believe the publicity for Prithvi Shaw is widespread; Shubman Gill’s most likely more! Player of the tournament in the ICC U-19 World Cup, Gill has a fondness for big runs. His average of 124 at a strike rate of 112.38 is evidence of what an astonishing tournament he had. He carried on his remarkable form for the Kolkata Knight Riders at IPL 2018, playing crucial innings now and then. 

There is an eerie resemblance in the way Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli play their shots. Making Virat his idol, it has been noticed by the experts that their shots at times look nearly the same. Whether it is a short arm jab over midwicket or an authoritative cover drive, the similarity is strange. By the looks of it, Gill is meant for a great future. And a possible future captain for the National cricket team. 

Happy reading and enjoy playing fantasy cricket! 

Know About Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya is one of the most beloved cricketers in India at this moment. He is a fast-bowling all-rounder and India, as a nation, has been waiting for someone like him since the great Kapil Dev retired from international cricket. Having him in your fantasy cricket team in a match against some tough player will surely earn you some points as Hardik is a consistent player. 

Explore to know about his cricket record so you can earn good points in your fantasy cricket online match and make your team win a contest. 

Hardik’s cricket journey 

Pandya began training at Kiran More International Cricket Academy. Also, Kiran More didn’t charge fees for the first three years of training. 

A leg Spinner 

At the start of his cricket career, Pandya was a leg-spinner. Once there was a fast bowler short during a local match in Kiran More International Cricket Academy. Hardik was handed over the responsibility. He straight away accepted this work and surprised all, taking seven wickets in the match. In this manner, he became a medium pace bowler. 

Debut in Ranji trophy 

Hardik Pandya made his Ranji debut for Baroda against Madhya Pradesh in the year 2013. Baroda won the match but Hardik failed to make an impression as he scored just 1 and 3 runs in both innings respectively. 

Entry in Big League 

Hardik Pandya was spotted by then Mumbai Indians coach John Wright in a West Zone match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. All high-profile members of Mumbai Indians were stunned by him during the selection trials. Head coach Ricky Ponting short-listed Hardik after going through the footage of more than 50 short-listed cricketers ahead of the IPL Season 8 player auction in February. He was later bought by the franchise at the base price of 10 lakhs. 

Rise to fame 

After toiling hard in the domestic circuit since 2013, Hardik Pandya was bought by Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2015 season. He did not let down and justified his talent. Firstly, he smashed 8 balls 21 against Chennai Super Kings and then rescued Mumbai Indians from Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored a blazing 31 ball 61 in a must-win match. His royal performances won him two ‘man of the match’ awards in the IPL. 

Domestic Team 

Before becoming a Mumbai Indians star, Hardik Pandya played for Baroda at the domestic level. He broke into the Baroda Ranji squad on November 28, 2013. 

Take a look at his Career 

  • Test debut vs. Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Jul 26, 2017  
  • Last Test vs. South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Jan 24, 2018  
  • ODI debut vs. New Zealand at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Oct 16, 2016  
  • Last ODI vs. South Africa at SuperSport Park, Feb 16, 2018  
  • T20 debut vs. Australia at Adelaide Oval, Jan 26, 2016  
  • Last T20 vs. South Africa at Newlands, Feb 24, 2018  
  • IPL debut vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Apr 19, 2015  
  • Last IPL vs. Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla, May 20, 2018 

Happy reading and enjoy playing fantasy cricket! 

Why Choose Rohit Sharma For Your Fantasy Cricket Team

Rohit Sharma is the name cricket fans are crazy about, in particular the Indian Cricket fans. He is just synonymous to talent. It is a treat to watch him on the cricket field as well as to have him in the fantasy cricket leagues. 

Born Rohit Gurunath Sharma on April 30th, 1987 in Bansod, India, the 31-year-old pro cricketer has had to work hard to be at the top of the game when it comes to cricket. His career as a cricket player has not been all that smooth. It has been a usual rollercoaster career. It was not until 2013 when things calmed down for him when a promotion to the open inning in ODIs came calling. But that doesn’t stop his fans now to adore him and take him to their fantasy cricket team. 

Hit-Man of the Men in Blue

Rohit Sharma is known as the Hit-Man of the Men in Blue. He has been awarded Arjuna Award for his excellence in the Cricket in 2015. 

Before representing India, Rohit played for Indian Oil. After proving his spirit in Ranji matches, he got a chance in the playing eleven of the Indian Cricket team. 

Rohit Sharma is the first Indian to score a hundred in T20s when he scored one for Mumbai against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition. He scored 101* off 45 balls with 13 fours and five sixes. 

Glorious scores

Rohit Sharma is the 2nd Indian to score a century in a knock-out match in ICC World Cup history. Sourav Ganguly is first one to do that in 2003 against Kenya. 

Sharma is the first cricketer to score three double centuries in One Day International (ODI). 

Rohit Sharma is the only player who has played four finals of the IPL and won all the times with their respective teams. One stint was with Deccan Chargers and the rest three were with the Mumbai Indians. 

Rohit Sharma’s score of 208 is the second highest individual score by any captain, only next to Virender Sehwag’s 219 which he scored against West Indies in 2011. During this inning only, Rohit also broke Sir Vivian Richard’s record score of 181, the highest score as a captain. 

Rohit Sharma is the second Indian to score a century in all three formats of the game. The first player to reach this milestone was Suresh Raina during the 2010 ICC T20 World cup. 

Rohit holds the record for the highest Individual score by a batsman in an ODI format. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka and got out at the very last ball of the Indian’s inning. 

The most number of fours scored in an innings is also struck by Rohit Sharma during his blistering innings of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. During his stay at the crease, he hit 33 fours. 

Enjoy playing fantasy cricket! 

Your Dream 11 Fantasy Cricket Team

If you have to choose your dream 11 fantasy cricket team which of the world cricketers would you wish to include in your list? The best team is very tough to select especially when you play daily fantasy cricket as there are thousands of cricketers playing and they are tremendously talented. 

In India, cricket is God and we all have grown up watching some best cricketer emerging as best throughout the world. And now with the craze of fantasy cricket leagues, we try to select our team based on the latest on-field performance of the performing cricketer. 

But whom will you include in your team of 11 whether they are playing or not?

Let’s help you out with that a bit. Read on: 

Sachin Tendulkar 

Sachin Tendulkar is the single biggest factor behind the bang of fame that cricket enjoys in India which led to the Indian board becoming the richest and most powerful in global cricket. What’s more to say about this cricketer? He is super steady and supportive. 

Adam Gilchrist 

The former Australian international cricketer and former captain of Australian national team is hard hitter for quick start in a match. 

Virat Kohli 

What can be said about this young Indian cricketer? Virat Kohli has great potential when the team is chasing. 

AB de Villiers 

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, normally known as AB de Villiers, is a South African international cricketer who plays for the South African national team. He could hit runs quickly and play damn steadily. 

Steve Smith 

Steve Smith is an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team who played with his own style and could act according to the need of the team he was playing for. 

Glenn Maxwell 

Glenn James Maxwell is an Australian international cricketer. The sixth in our list is quick hitter for last 5–10 Overs of a match.  

R Ashwin 

Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian international cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and well and is a good off spinner bowler. 

Muttiah Muralitharan 

Muttiah Muralitharan is Sri Lankan who has been rated as the greatest Test match bowler and eighth in our list. 

Brett Lee 

The Australian pacer, Bret lee is super fast bowler with great swing capability and the ninth in our list. 

Shoaib Akhtar  

Shoaib Akhtar is the former Pakistani cricketer. He is the super fast bowler and aggressive too which is good for a match where your team is fielding in the second half. 

Zaheer Khan 

Indian bowler, Zaheer Khan can generate reverse swing. He is the one who knew to break crucial partnership and the last in our list. 

Who will get place in your list? 

Enjoy reading and play online fantasy cricket games! 

Astounding Facts of Virat Kohli

Hello fantasy cricket fans! Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli, the captain of test matches, ODI and Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL matches, is someone who became one of the biggest names and has achieved so much in short span of time. 

When you create your fantasy cricket leagues, you might have seen this cricketer to be in the upper limits of points. If you are just planning to make one fantast league for the next contest at 11Wickets, know him.

Just know some amazing facts about this young and great player

Kohli played a key Ranji match in 2006. In spite of the fact that his father passed away the same day. He made 90 runs in that match against Karnataka. 

Virat Kohli was U-19 cricket team captain led the U-19 Indian team to glory of World Cup in 2008. 

Virat Kohli is one amongst the 8 cricketers who have made 20 centuries in one day international matches. In addition, Kohli is the fastest cricketer to reach this 20 ODI centuries taking just 133 innings for it. This is contrast to 197 innings of Sachin Tendulkar for the same. 

Another laurel in Virat’s bag is that he’s the fourth cricketer to score 1000 runs or more in ODI cricket for three consecutive years. 

Virat Kohli has been a fruitful run scorer from the beginning and is the fastest to reach the 10th, 15th, 18th and 19th centuries in one day international, with the last milestone made against Bangladesh where he scored 136 runs. 

Virat Kohli shares a record with Sir Vivian Richards for being the fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs. 

Virat’s tattoo

Virat sports a dragon tattoo on his arm; it seems that the tattoo brings him good luck. 

He’s the first Indian to make a century on World Cup debut. 

Virat Kohli has been one amongst the 10 best dressed men in the world in 2012. 

Virat Kohli has been the one who scored the most number of ODI and test runs in 2012, earning him ICC’s Cricketer of the Year award. He was just 23 at the time. 

In 2014, Virat Kohli has been ranked as the 2nd most profitable athlete around the globe. 

Sir Vivian Richards honoured Virat Kohli by making a remark that Kohli reminded him of himself. 

Now, when selecting Virat Kohli in your fantasy team, you can consider these facts apart from his latest performance in any match and see whether he score any points for you and make your team win at contest you have entered. 

Enjoy fantasy sports!

Fantasy Cricket Allows You Explore Cricket Knowledge

Fantasy cricket is a wonderful chance for cricket fans to try and test their cricketing knowledge by choice their dream team. Fans that follow any sport acutely look forward to a chance of creating their dream team. Fantasy cricket is the online game that helps cricket fans in realizing their keen wish of creating their teams and seeing them in action on the field. The best part of playing fantasy cricket is that one can choose player from various nations of the world in one team. And see them play for one team. The game of cricket broadly loved and valued and followed by millions of people all over the world. And the new world cup has witnessed a huge increase in the number of fans that follow the game acutely. 

Simple online game

Playing fantasy cricket is very simple and the first thing which one needs to do for this is to find an online site that offers fans with the chance to play fantasy cricket. You will first have to register with the site. If you really want to play fantasy cricket to see all your beloved players play for your dream team. There are many online sites that are mainly dedicating themselves to cricket. And most of them offer the option for fans to play fantasy cricket. The online game of fantasy cricket is also a chance for you to test your actual cricketing knowledge. And the best way to find out your cricket skills is to pick your team. And see how they actually perform on the field. 

Users involve International Cricketers

Fantasy cricket mostly played when any tournament involving international cricketers is progressing. All the players taking part in the tournament lists and allots certain points. These points distributes based on the current form and performance of the player. So it may happen that the world’s best player may be in the list. Yet he may not have the highest points if he has been out of form lately. This is one vital standard that you will have to bear in mind while choosing players for your dream team. Remember that just because a player is famous for his playing abilities, you choose him in your team. The only thing which you must think while playing fantasy cricket to opt for your team is the present form of the players. 

Well if the players in your team are not in good form how do you expect your team to perform well and win the match? Your team that is playing fantasy cricket can win the game only if they perform really well on the field. On the basis of the performance that the players of your fantasy cricket team out up on the field all the players are allotted points. After the end of the game all the point are calculated. And if your team manages to score the highest points you will be the winner. Most of these online sites give out pretty prizes to the winners. So the amazing part of fantasy cricket is that you get to choose your dream team and if things go well you end up winning attractive prizes too. 

Enjoy playing! 

Early Days of Cricket Helmet

“Necessity is the mother of invention” – Plato (the ancient Greek philosopher)

Cricket is no different!!

We play fantasy cricket games today where we need no protective gears! But years ago, batsmen had to face the fast bowlers without any protection. Since there were no bouncer limits then, it was really a ‘do or die’ situation for the batsmen. And then there were scenarios where tail-enders was always greeted at the crease with fast bouncers going past their chin or missing their ear by a whisker. Batsmen nowadays are indeed lucky.

Helmets were first used in baseball. In 1905, Frank Mogridge created the first crude protective head gear.” In cricket, there are instances where players used towels, scarves and padded caps to protect themselves from the hard cricket ball. In the 1930s, the first player to use a protective hat was Patsy Hendren. He designed it himself. However, it took 40 more years for helmets to be used on a more regular basis. In the 1970s, helmets were seen in World Series Cricket to be used by a lot of players. The first player to use helmet consistently was Dennis Amiss.

Former English captain Mike Brearly also used helmets of his own design. However, another former English batsman Tony Greig had the opinion that they would make cricket more dangerous by encouraging bowlers to bounce the batsmen. Those days, rules of cricket were not biased towards batsmen like they are now. So bowlers were allowed to bowl as many bouncers as they wanted.

First to wear helmet

The first player to wear a helmet in a Test match was Graham Yallop of Australia on 17 March, 1978, when playing against West Indies at Bridgetown. One the reasons could have been the four lethal fast bowlers that West Indies had in the 1970s. But it was English batsman Dennis Amiss who made it popular in Test cricket.

In the early days, the helmets did not have protective grills. So although the head was safe, players were always in risk to get injured in the face. Modern helmets have strong protective grills to prevent balls from hitting the face. In modern cricket, all batsman wear helmets against fast bowlers. Sometimes few players select not to wear them while facing spin bowlers.

To protect the young players, in Under-19 cricket it is compulsory for all batsmen and any fielder within 15 yards (14 m) of the bat to wear helmets. Recently, in the fourth test between India and England, Stuart Broad suffered a broken nose when the ball went past the grill and hit him. He was seen batting with double protective grill in the next match.

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History of Cricket Bats

Hello cricket crazy fans! Yes we know that online fantasy cricket game doesn’t have any use of the real cricket bats.  But when you are a cricket fan, you must know about all its history. Don’t you believe so? What will happen when a kid who is just developing a keen interest in cricket and ask you where the cricket bats came originated.  

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Ours is a cricket obsessed nation. What can we say about cricket? It would not be wrong if we say that cricket is a religion in India. Rightly so, isn’t it? You might have been a part of the mass hysteria that occurs when a cricket match is played. How many of you have gone crazy when your favourite cricketer has wielded the bat and smashed the ball to hit a six? How many have held the desire to hold the bat and play for the nation? With online fantasy cricket games, you can play the game now though.  

History and Some Interesting Facts about Cricket Bats 

  • Cricket bats were originally shaped like hockey sticks. But some changes in the game of cricket prompted changes in the shape and size of cricket bat. 
  • Australian cricketer, Dennis Lillee, used an aluminum bat in a match in 1979. But the timely intervention of the umpires forced him to change to a wooden bat. Thus was born the rule that, only made of wood is to be used in a match. 
  • Kookaburra, an Australian sports equipment manufacturing company came out with a fiber-reinforced strip along the spine of the bat for its durability. Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting, used this for the first time in 2005 against the English team. But such type of bat was subsequently banned by the ICC because it felt that the bat gave undue advantage to the batsman and not all players could afford such bats. 

Numerous such slight variations in the bats have followed since and some were for pure marketing gimmicks. Some alterations have been implemented though. 

Some FAQs while Buying Cricket Bats 

  • What should the size of the bat be? According to the rules of the cricket law, the bat’s height should not be more than 38 inches and width shouldn’t be more than 4.25 inches. 
  • What should be the weight of a cricket bat? Bats should weigh around 1.2 to 1.4 kilos, though there is no specific rule which states the ideal weight of a cricket bat. Some cricketers are comfortable using heavy bats. 
  • What type of wood is used in a cricket bat? Bats are typically made of two types of wood. One is the English willow and the other is the Kashmir willow. Bats made from Kashmir willow needs hours of knocking so that the fibres of the wood compress and come together to get the perfect knock. And then is the oiling process which is done to ensure that the bats become durable. Kashmir willow bats are in demand in India and South Asian countries, whereas the English willow bat is famous worldwide. 

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