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! 

4 Ultimate Cricket Stadiums in India

India is the nation of crazy cricket fans. Almost every house is the home to a cricket lover. And this is the craziness which will never lessen. With the trend of playing fantasy cricket games online, the cricket fans has again found a new meaning to the sport.  

So, we all know that in fantasy cricket we all have to make teams skilfully, sit back and earn points based on the field performances of the cricketers in different matches. India is the home of Indian Premium League (IPL) matches. Every year, March, April and May is the tentative schedule for the games. Today, we have brought to you the 5 famous stadiums which host these matches. So that after making your fantasy cricket dream team. You can visit the one in your city and enjoy the live cricket matches and play your fantasy game. 

Eden Gardens, Kolkata 

Arguably the most regal stadium to ever exist in India. The Eden Gardens of Kolkata is called the ‘Lords of Indian Cricket’ for excellent reason. The oldest stadium in the nation, with the largest viewer capacity of 68,000. Eden Gardens is synonymous with passion and love for the game. The first Cricket game to be ever played on this ground was way back in 1934. 

Home to the Kolkata Knight Riders, who’ve emerged victorious in the IPL twice. You’ll get to witness a sea of purple and gold in every KKR match that takes place here. Filled with throngs of zealous and appreciative Cricket lovers, Eden Gardens is definitely worthy of being one of the nest stadiums in not just the IPL but in ODI and Test Matches as well. 

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 

The iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai has loads of stories to tell. For starters, it has seen India lift the World Cup in 2011 after the long gap! Serving as the home ground to the most winning IPL team, Mumbai Indians who have 3 IPL titles to their name. Wankhede is the place to be if you want to be surrounded by classical Cricket enthusiasts. With its raised stands that intensify the stadium experience, Wankhede finds a place in the 10 biggest stadiums in the nation. 

Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 

ChinnaswamyStadium of Bengaluru is special. With a picturesque lush green outfield that is as quick as lightning itself, this stadium is reputed as a high-scoring ground for a long time. This stadium is also famed for being home to one of the liveliest and motivated cricket audiences in the entire world. Year after year, men, women and children, young and old turn the stadium into a sea of red. As they wave the Royal Challengers Bangalore flags and cheer their lungs out for their key players. 

Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi 

One of the oldest cricketing stadiums in the nation, Feroz Shah Kotla has seen scores of gleaming matches to have taken place on its lush green outfield. Kotla is the home ground to the Delhi Daredevils. As the national capital is a blend of various cultures, supporters of other IPL sides are also found in loads at the stadium. 

M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 

Home to one of the most winning teams in the history of the IPL. M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is favourable to a lively atmosphere to watch matches in. Populated by ardent fans of the game, the home ground of the Chennai Super Kings. It brims with enthusiasm in every match, no matter which team is playing. 

Enjoy reading the post, watching the future cricket matches and playing fantasy cricket games!