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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5 Tips to Make Money from Fantasy Cricket App

If you are new to the fantasy cricket world, you will be wondering how 11wickets.com fantasy cricket platform works. And how to win money through it.

You just need to do 3 things to play fantasy cricket:

  • Choose an upcoming match and create a team of 11 best players from both teams
  • Deposit money and join some contests using your team
  • After the match starts, track your contest leader board and see if your team wins

Use the app that permits team modification after toss

Most daily fantasy cricket platforms close the contest entries 1 hour before the official match start time. So you cannot be sure about the playing XI of both the teams. Because the toss is usually done only 30 minutes before start time, you will have more chances to predict the best players. So try 11Wickets which allows you to modify your team until the match starts. Also, after the toss, you will know which team is going to bat first. So based on this, you will be able to guess the opening players and bowlers and can select the best combination of players.

Join small but confirmed contests

If you are joining a large contest, the chances of reaching Rank 1 and hence winning that big amount is very low. To win money easily and with more chances, try joining small contests with 10 or 20 members. It is easier to beat 9 other members when compared to big number of members. Also check if the contest is a confirmed contest. So the contest will run even when it is not filled.

Understand the points system

Every online fantasy cricket platform/app has different points structure. Some of them give more points to Batting points such as runs, fifties etc., some give more weightage to bowling points such as wickets, maiden over, etc., Some of the apps give a balanced points system between batting, bowling and fielding. Depending on the match and app’s point’s structure, choose appropriate players.

Select your power players wisely

Most apps allow marking two players as Captain and Vice-Captain. If a normal player scores 10 points, the same player if marked as captain, will get 2x points and vice-captain gets 1.5x points. So you have to think a lot before marking a player as captain or vice-captain. Look at the recent performances of these players and make a decision. In

 Refer & Earn

11Wickets have a referral program. Share your referral link to your friends. As soon as your friends join the app and start playing, you will get free money. This is the best way to earn money without playing.

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Fantasy Cricket – Inevitable Records by Legend Sangakkara

On crease, he had shown consistency unmatched by any of the international cricketers. Kumar Sangakkara had bid adieu to international cricket following the Test against India in 2015. The fantasy cricket fans acknowledge that he had finished as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport.

In the daily fantasy cricket sport, there are cricketers who show glimpses of becoming greatest of their nation even during initial stages of their career. Some move ahead as per expectations while others fail. For Sri Lanka, Sangakkara is their greatest batsman who improved his cricket a lot from initial stage.

With all the runs he scored, he kept wickets in ODI cricket and did well at that as well. Sangakkara made his International debut in an ODI on July 5, 2000 against Pakistan at Galle. In today’s post, we will list some important records Sangakkara has to his name for the fantasy cricket league fans and play the game at 11wickets app

Highest run-getter at No. 3 position in Tests

Sangakkara has scored 11,679 runs at No.3 in his Test career, which is a record. Nobody else has more than 30 centuries at No. 3. His average of 60.82 at No. 3 is second best only to Don Bradman’s 103.63 at that position.

Highest run-getter among left-handed batsmen in Tests

Kumar Sangakkara’s 12,400 is the most by any left-handed batsman in history. Sangakkara also has the most Test centuries by a left-hander — 38.

Three sequences of three or more centuries in consecutive innings

Sangakkara scored centuries in three consecutive Test innings thrice in his career: 137, 103 and 219 in 2009-10; 142, 105 and 139 in 2013; and 319, 105 and 147 in 2014.

Most consecutive Test fifties

Sangakkara made seven fifties in seven innings in the 2014: 75, 319, 105, 147, 61, 79 and 55 in the two series in Bangladesh and England. He is the joint record holder of fifties in most consecutive Test innings.

Triple century and a century in the same Test (First-Class match)

Sangakkara scored 319 and 105 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in February 2014. He became only the second batsman in First-Class cricket to score a triple-century and a century in the same match.

Reaching triple century with a six

Sangakkara got to his only triple-century of Test career with a six. He hit 4, 6, 6 in successive balls off Shakib Al Hasan from to there from 286. He became only the second batsman after Virender Sehwag to reach a triple century with a six.

Highest partnership in Test (First-Class) cricket

Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene shared the record partnership of 624 for the third wicket against South Africa at SSC in 2006. It is the only partnership in excess of 600 for any wicket in the history of Tests as well as First-Class cricket.

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

India now has a total of 52 grounds that 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. 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. England is known to be the 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.

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, a new ground keeps coming up every now and then. There are some states like Maharashtra that have as many as 4 international cricket grounds.

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India:

India has the highest number of international grounds, 52. International cricket in India for the first time played in December 1933, when 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: 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.  The first international match in this stadium was between India and West Indies on November 6, 2018. And with that, it became India’s 52nd international cricket ground.

India now has a total of 52 grounds that 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. 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. England is known to be the 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.

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, a new ground keeps coming up every now and then. There are some states like Maharashtra that have as many as 4 international cricket grounds.

Read on about the most international cricket grounds in any nation. And join all new fantasy cricket app 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, when 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 – ODI Hundreds in Consecutive Innings

Scoring a 100 in cricket innings is one thing and scoring 100s in consecutive innings is other things. This feat has achieved by Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman, Kumar Sangakkara.  The competition goes tight and heat increases while forming a daily fantasy cricket team which includes these notable cricketers.

All users keep their nerves tight for selecting the players of online fantasy cricket and they keep tracking the current squad updates and if there is any injury or player out of form should be analysed and fantasy cricket team at all new fantasy cricket app 11wickets app at will be formed according to it.

We are here today to play cricket online and tell you about the ODI centuries in consecutive innings. Read on:

Kumar Sangakkara – Sri Lanka

This Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman was destined for batting stardom. Kumar Sangakkara is the only batsman to hit century in 4 matches consecutively. From 26 Feb 2015 to 11 Mar 2015, he played 4 ODI with Bangladesh, England, Australia and Scotland. At each of these match innings he scored 105*, 117*, 104 and 124 runs respectively. And to everyone’s delight, Sangakkara scored all the four consecutive centuries in ICC World Cup.

Zaheer Abbas – Pakistan

The right arm stylish and elegant Pakistani batsman, Zaheer Abbas comes next to our list. He scored three consecutive 100s against India during India tour of Pakistan on December 1982-83. He scored 118, 105 and 113 runs in three innings respectively. Abbas is the first cricketer to achieve this record in the history of ODI cricket.

Saeed Anwar – Pakistan

Another great batsman from the Pakistani cricket side, Saeed Anwar was famous for his majestic timing and placement. During the Champions Trophy at Sharjah, Anwar scored 107 against Sri Lanka, 131 against West Indies and 111 against Sri Lanka.

HH Gibbs – South Africa

Herschelle Gibbs, the right hand batsman of South Africa, is one extraordinary batsman for the South African team. Superlatives will fall short to address this great cricketer. During the Champions Trophy on September 2002, Gibbs scored 116 against Kenya, 116* against India and 153 against Bangladesh.

AB de Villiers – South Africa

He is one of the talented cricketers of modern cricket. AB de Villiers has scored three consecutive centuries against India and West Indies and achieved the incredible record in ODI history. During South Africa tour of India, Villiers scored 114* and 102* at two match innings respectively. Soon after the end of this tour, South African team went for West Indies tour and in the first ODI Villiers scored 102.

Hence, this was our short list of ODI hundreds in consecutive innings!

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Fantasy Cricket – Number Game between Virat and Tendulkar

There was a time for the Indian cricket fans, when they screamed from the stadium “Tendulkar, Tendulkar.” And now these fans scream, “Virat, Virat.” Imagine an online fantasy cricket team for fantasy matches having Virat Kohli and the team winning match.

Virat Kohli has become the fastest batsman to reach 10,000-run mark, hiding Sachin Tendulkar’s record by 54 innings. Here’s a look at the comparison between Kohli and Tendulkar in ODI cricket. We are guessing, with kind of performance, you can win a number of fantasy cricket matches at brand new fantasy cricket app 11wickets app by having Kohli in your daily fantasy cricket team.

Both of these players are the only batsman to score centuries and finish 10000 ODI runs. Tendulkar completed this milestone in 2001 against Australia at Indore while Kohli reached this landmark in the 2nd ODI against West Indies at Visakhapatnam.

Kohli vs. Tendulkar in ODIs

Kohli took 54 innings less than Tendulkar to hit 10,000 ODI runs in career’s first 205 ODI innings, there’s an average difference of 17.31 and a strike rate difference of 6.33 in Kohli’s favour. Furthermore, in as many innings as Kohli, Tendulkar hit 16 lesser ODI centuries, which puts Kohli above him in every sense in first 205 ODI innings.

Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli
Innings 205 205
Runs 7829 10076
Average 42.31 59.62
SR 86.52 92.85
50s/100s 43/21 48/37

 

Kohli vs. Tendulkar in ODIs chases

Kohli is a modern day master of run chase. A massive average difference of 22.38 between him and Tendulkar in career’s first 116 ODI innings while chasing validates that Kohli is a force when it comes to chasing in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar Virat Kohli
Innings 116 116
Runs 4663 6032
Average 46.16 68.54
SR 92.30 94.51
50s/100s 25/13 28/22

 

Average strike rate comparison in ODIs (Till 10K runs)

A positive average difference in the following table shows Kohli’s constancy power among his peers in ODI cricket. Tendulkar presented power domination among his peers during his time in ODI cricket with a difference of 15.01.

Average Others Difference SR Others Difference
Sachin Tendulkar 42.63 27.90 14.73 86.52 71.51 15.01
Virat Kohli 59.62 31.73 27.83 92.85 85.99 6.86

 

Sachin Tendulkar amassed 1,000-plus runs in 4 calendar years in ODIs from his 1st 11 calendar years while Kohli achieved the same in 6 calendar years during the same period.

Virat Kohli is the only batsman to have an average more than 75-plus although winning the matches in ODIs amongst batsmen who have made at least 1,500 runs in ODIs in winning causes. Instead, Tendulkar scored 11157 runs at an average of 56.63 in winning matches for the Indian cricket team in the 50 over format.

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Fantasy Cricket – Cricketers Making Comeback in ODI after Retirement

Cricket and online fantasy cricket is among the most popular sports worldwide and is undoubtedly a very dubious and unpredictable game. The cricketing world has seen many legends that have not merely played the game as a star. But they have also gained immense popularity. And have been a source of motivation to the sportsmen worldwide due to their style of playing.

Representing the country at the international stage against the best teams across the world is a big success in itself. But, some cricketers take voluntary retirement from the daily fantasy cricket after dedicating a specific period of time to the sport. Remarkably, some of them had to return to the cricketing arena as their team needed their presence in the field.

Right here are the top three players who made a comeback after taking voluntary retirement from ODI. Know about these players and join 11wickets app for fantasy cricket matches at the best site.

Kevin Pietersen of England

Kevin Pietersen is undoubtedly the best limited-overs English Batsmen of Modern world, scoring over 4000 runs at an amazing average of 40.43. The targeting middle-order batsman made his ODI debut against a weak Zimbabwe cricket team in 2004 in their backyard. The South African-born player obtained big stardom when he scored a stupendous 108 off 96 balls against South African bowling attack in the actual same season. The innings gripped attention from all corner around the world. Pietersen chose to retire from ODI on May 31st, 2012.

But, he made a comeback in international ODI cricket at England’s tour of India in 2012-13, scoring just 185 runs in the five-match ODI series. Pietersen played his last one-day International match against Australia in September 2013, where he was sadly run out for a duck.

Carl Hooper of West Indies

Carl Hooper was probably the most successful all-rounders to play for the cricket team of West Indies in ODI. Hooper shot into popularity when he scored an enormous century against India in his second Test match at the Eden Gardens in 1987. His steady performances in ODI made him an everyday guy in the West Indies ODI team.

Hooper declared his retirement three weeks prior to the 1999 World Cup, which usually left the West Indies selectors dumbstruck. But, he made a comeback in the year 2001, when his team was battling to do at the international level. He captained the team in the 2003 World Cup however sadly, the team could hardly work and he was changed by Brian Lara.

Imran Khan of Pakistan

Imran Khan is debatably one of the best all-rounders to have ever play the match. He made his Test debut against England in 1971 but sadly, he went wicket-less in the match. The fast bowler became a quick superstar in 1975, when he picked up 5 wickets in two ODI matches against England at an average of 11.80.

Khan declared his retirement after the 1987 World Cup as the Pakistan team did not make it further than the semi-final stage. But, upon President Zia-ul-Haq’s request, he made a return into international cricket in 1988, leading Pakistan for their solo World Cup win in 1992.

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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 was played in 1971 between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

When the first three days of the third Test were 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:

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

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

Yet another ODI in which Sri Lanka were the visiting team and had to chase. 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 bowled 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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

  1. 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 their 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.

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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