Know More About Piyush Chawla

He is the lucky mascot of Indian online fantasy cricket team! A handy batsman! And a bowling all-rounder! You have guessed right. We are talking about Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.

Being a 15-year old, Piyush Chawla represented India U-19, along with Uttar Pradesh U-22. He was part of the successful Indian team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and then the ICC World Cup 2011. He evolved into the discussing point in the global circuit after getting the better of English batsman Kevin Pietersen in 2007. Let us take a look at some of the interesting info about Piyush Chawla, the appealing Indian leg-spinner:

Born and raised

Chawla was born on 24 December 1988 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.

Major teams where he played

He represented India, Central Zone, Air India, India Under-19s, India Green, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Somerset, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, Sussex and Uttar Pradesh.

Hogging the spotlight

In the Challenger Trophy of 2005-06, he bowled Sachin Tendulkar with a googly and bowled in an outstanding manner, getting the wickets of MS Dhoni and then Yuvraj Singh too. Next to which his name was pointed out in the media and everybody including the selectors had taken notice.

U-19 highs

He initially represented India U-19 up against the England U-19 team in 2004-05, picking up 13 wickets from 2 U19 Tests with only a bowling average of above 12. Chawla even played in the 2005-06 home series against Australia U-19, in which they won the 5 match ODI series 4-1; also he had made a contribution of 8 wickets.

U-19 Record

Chawla certainly is the 2nd highest wicket picker in U-19 ODIs, with 71 wickets. He has also the 2nd best average in U19 Tests was 15.82. The bowler picked up the most wickets for the Indian team in the U19 World Cup 2006 with 13 wickets record.

Test debut

He made his debut at the national team in 2006, with the 2nd Test against England cricket team in Mohali, causing him to be the 2nd youngest Test debutant for India after Sachin Tendulkar.

ODI debut

He made his ODI first appearance in the national side against Bangladesh in the year 2007. Chawla took three essential wickets in that match.

County champion

In 2009, Chawla was selected for Sussex County Cricket Club for a month, being cover for Yasir Arafat who had been with Pakistan. In the first County Championship match vs Worcestershire, he took 8 wickets in the match, and arrived at number 9 in the 1st innings, and scored 102* from just 86 balls.

Big games

He was selected for the 2007 ICC World T20. He was chosen for 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies. Later on, he made the cut for ICC World Cup 2011 too and played a match against English cricket team.

IPL star

From 2008 to 2013, Chawla played in the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab. He had an excellent time at Punjab. At the end of IPL 4 he had picked up 57 in 55 matches and just 5 players had better stats than this leggie.

KKR man

In the IPL 7 auction, Chawla was bought by KKR for INR 425 lac. He bowled superbly for the Knight Riders and also hit the winning runs against his earlier franchise Kings XI Punjab in the last match of the season.

Milestones

Piyush Chawla, playing for KKR, evolved into the 4th bowler following Harbhajan Singh (MI), Amit Mishra (DD) and Lasith Malinga (MI) to pick up 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Express bowling

Chawla at one time bowled Shane Watson with a faster one, 117 km/hr. It was one of many fastest deliveries by a spinner.

Somerset’s match winner

The Indian spinner, arriving at number 9 made a classy century of 140 balls during 2013 County championship.

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Wicketkeepers Bowling And Setting Records

Playing cricket in India is like a dream come true for any cricket fan. But if you cannot play on-field, do not get disheartened and begin playing fantasy cricket games.  

We know, cricket is one that sport having the tendency to modify itself with the course of time. And it gets more competitive in the process whether on-field or online. 

With the advent of fantasy cricket and more and more people engaging with cricket through the online medium, knowledge about cricket is crucial for playing online. There have been many cricketers who have performed dual responsibilities. For instance legendary wicketkeepers such as Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher carrying out the role of bowler as well. 

Let’s know about them a bit: 

The first wicketkeeper to bowl was Alfred Lyttelton of England in a test match against Australia at London in 1884 during the first innings of the match. 

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Mark Boucher 

Mark has served South African national cricket team for over a decade and is a respected cricketer in the world of cricket. 

In 2005, during a test match South Africa played against West Indies in Antigua with both the teams scoring massive scores of 588 and 747 respectively. The match headed for a slow draw when Mark got the ball. 

Tatenda Taibu 

The talented skipper of Zimbabwe team was a wicketkeeper batsman. He made headlines in his cricketing career when he chose to bowl against Sri Lankan team at Bulawayo in the first ODI. 

Devon Thomas 

The West Indies wicketkeeper Devon Thomas didn’t expect this to happen when he made his debut in 2009 against Bangladesh. He took the crucial wicket of Mahmadullah on the second ball of his first over, when Bangladesh team was gaining momentum, cutting them off. 

MS Dhoni 

What can be said about this brilliant Indian skipper? There is not anything that Dhoni cannot pull off in the cricket field. This Indian captain is one of the best wicketkeeper and captain India has got.  

Dhoni is an expert of trying unique and unconventional moves. One such move was witnessed in South Africa when India was playing against West Indies in the 12 match of the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.  

On a pitch well-suited for pacers, West Indies team was struggling at 49/4 in 16 overs with DE Barnard and TM Dowlin at the crease. 

Dhoni decided to bowl the 17th over. He asked Dinesh Karthik to keep wickets, much to the amazement of fans and commentators. He bowled at a decent pace and managed to swing the ball. 

His first two deliveries were sent to the boundary line by Dowlin but the fourth delivery took the cake. 

Dhoni pitched a full-length ball that met with a thin inside edge off Dowlin’s bat and rattled the off-stump. His bowling figures in the match were 2-0-16-1. 

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Remarkable Records of Lasith Malinga

Hello cricket lovers! You love cricket and you love fantasy cricket games. And hence, some of the days we bring you the story and facts of famous cricketer. He is the one either giving great performances. Or had given a great performance in the past and has now retired. 

Some of the already retired great cricketers play in domestic cricket matches and thus you can see them in your players’ selection when you choose your fantasy cricket leagues. In our today’s post, we have picked Lasith Malinga. 

Know some facts about Malinga

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan, bowls right-arm fast, is normally used as a specialist death bowler. He is best known in the world cricket for his ability to take consecutive wickets, with in-swinging Yorkers. If you ever had him in your fantasy team and he was the major reason to earn you your team points, then you ought to know some of the cricket facts about him to make yourself proud of the selection. 

Lasith Malinga is the lone bowler in cricketing history to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in international cricket. It was against South Africa in March 2007. 

Malinga is the first and, to date, only bowler in cricketing history to take three hat-tricks in One Day International cricket, taking his third in August 2011. 

Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews hold the highest run partnership for the 9th wicket in an ODI: 132 runs, against Australia in Melbourne in 2010. Malinga scored 56 Runs from 48 balls including six fours and two sixes; Mathews scored 77 runs off 84 deliveries including eight fours and one six. 

His 56 is the fourth highest ODI score by a number 10 batsman in ODI history and he has the record for the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 10 position (56), he too is the only Sri Lankan to score a fifty in no 10 positions in an ODI. 

A few more facts

Lasith Malinga is the only bowler with two World Cup hat-tricks, against South Africa in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. And the other against Kenya in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. 

Malinga is the best Twenty20 figures in Australian domestic and 2nd in the world. 

As of April 2017, Lasith Malinga with 317 wickets in 232 games is the second highest wicket-taker in all Twenty20 matches. 

Malinga holds the highest number of wickets (149) in Indian Premier League. 

As of 19 January 2017, Malinga still holds the best figures in BBL history with 6/7. 

Malinga is fourth Sri Lankan to achieve 300 ODI wickets, after Muralitharan, Vaas, and Jayasuriya. He is the fifth quickest bowler to reach the landmark (203 matches). 

Lasith Malinga has the distinction for conceding 80 runs or more in ODI cricket (8 ODI matches), the most by any bowler. 

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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! 

Women Cricketers of India

A woman is one of the most beautiful creations of the almighty who serves various roles in her lifetime. Today she has scaled new heights of success charters in almost every field. As far the woman in India is concerned, her status has been subject to hulking changes over the past few millennia. 

Women challenge men in all sectors, so why not in cricket and fantasy cricket? In India, where cricket is God, women cricketers are ruling the scenario in 2018. Cricketers like Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj are the pillars and asset of Indian Women Cricket team. 

When creating fantasy cricket leagues, we will obviously choose one of them according to their then performances in real match. So let’s know Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj better. Read on: 

Harmanpreet Kaur – Hailing from Moga, a small town in Punjab, the story of Indian cricketer Harmanpreet has been nothing short of inspirational. The 29 year old did not have it easy when she started her cricketing journey as it required her to travel 30 km from her place to learn nuances of the game at an academy. 

The right handed top order batsman announced herself to international cricket with her debut in 2009 during the World Cup held in Australia. Harmanpreet is the caption of T20 women cricket team. Apart from being an explosive batter, Kaur is also a handy off spinner. She created ripples with her 115 ball unbeaten 171 against defending champions Australia in the semi finals of the 2017 ODI World Cup. 

Mithali Raj – The 35-year-old Mithali Raj’s, leadership qualities have attracted everyone’s attention. Mithali Raj is flag barrier of the women’s cricket in India for almost 2 decades. She is playing international cricket for almost 18 years. Her records are immeasurable. In fact, she is more than just for records. As long as Mithali Raj is batting or yet to bat India are in considerably good position. She is called as Sachin Tendulkar of Women’s cricket. She is calm and composed at every situation.  

On her debut, Mithali was just 16 years and 250 days old. She is the youngest female cricketer to score a hundred on her ODI debut. She was down with typhoid during the 2002 Women’s World Cup. Then she propelled India to its first ever World Cup final in 2005. Despite having many centuries, Mithali holds the record for scoring most 90’s in her career. She has scored five nineties, the most by any female cricketer. 

Before taking up cricket, Mithali was a classical dancer. She learnt Bharatnatyam and wanted to grow in that field. Mithali is an Arjuna Awardee. She received the award in 2013.She also received the Padma Shri in 2015. Currently she holds the record for scoring highest runs in Women’s ODI cricket (6028 runs).  

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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. 

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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! 

Amazing Facts about Glenn Maxwell

IPL being the most competitive cricket tournament in the world has the plethora of talent. When we sit to select our team to play the fantasy cricket games of the ongoing matches, we research on the players to know them better. We tend to know their performances better, so that we can include them in our team. 

Would you select Glenn Maxwell in your fantasy cricket leagues, if you get the chance? Check out some facts about him to decide. Read on: 

“The Big Show” of Australia

Glenn Maxwell is the Aussie all-rounder! Maxwell is known as “The Big Show,” though this nickname has no link with the huge WWE wrestler. However it is a nickname that was coined by the Australian media. To project him as a player who had little to show as far as his cricketing skills were concerned. He is often considered as a careless slogger who hits a couple of sixes. And then gets out, which is why the nickname ‘Big Show’ started doing the rounds.  

It is public knowledge that he made his one day international debut against Afghanistan. Not many are aware of that fact as Maxwell was an unheralded cricketer at the time. His debut was a rather average one in which he was dismissed for 2. And then went without a wicket in his 5 overs as a bowler. 

Next up is the secret behind the firm competitive streak that Maxwell often displays when he is one a cricket field and it is something that he credits to the strong competition he shared with his best friends when they played for the same club team as teenagers. Pointless to say, it was a healthy sort of contest with both individuals trying to outdo each other during every game and additionally to that they also tried to check out who could hit the ball farther when it came to hitting sixes. Maybe that is also one of the reasons why he is such a clinical striker of the ball. 

His choice of idol

Glenn Maxwell has the rather odd choice of idol for a cricketer who is an assigned all rounder in the Australian cricketing establishment and so it is a surprise that Maxwell considers former Australian Adam Gilchrist as his idol. However, one look at the way in which he goes about his batting is surely a sign that the ultra aggressive approach that Gilchrist brought to the batting crease has rub off well on Maxwell’s approach to batting as well. Besides that, just like Gilchrist, who never played for personal milestones, Maxwell is also someone who is always ready to risk his own wicket to win the game for his side. 

Maxwell proved his huge hitting skill pretty early in his cricket career. He has hit a 19-ball fifty for Victoria against Tasmania in 2011 which is still the fastest half-century in Australia’s domestic one-day matches. 

Maxwell has a inclination to score fastest 50s. He also has the joint-fastest half-century — off 18 balls — for Australia in ODIs. He got to the landmark against India in Bangalore in 2013. Along with David Warner, he holds the record of fastest T20I half-century as well, also off 18 balls. He got there when he blasted Pakistan for at Mirpur in 2014. 

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5 Strategies to Win IPL Fantasy Leagues

In the fantasy cricket, IPL is playing an important role in taking the game forward and making it a global craze. IPL matches have been quite successful since it has been started in 2008. And why should we just watch them, when we can play them and use our cricket skills to win cash prize. 

Let’s get a look on some strategies to win IPL fantasy leagues. Read on: 

Play slow and steadily 

The most crucial thing with IPL is, it is not predictable. Never play your fantasy cricket matches based on the statistics of last year. Take some moments to understand which player is going to earn you more points. Just take your time, play slow and play steadily. 

Put a value on substitutes 

Giving a value to your substitutes will increase the average point taken through every change. Think before each change you make. 

Consider the opponents too 

Every player has his own weakness. The weakness might be anything. Check on the opponent opening bowler before picking an Opening Batsman in your team.  

Never be a fan when playing fantasy cricket 

For many people, it is very tough to leave their favourite cricketers out of their team.  Pick players who will be able to earn you points and not your favourite one who would either not play the day’s match or cannot bring you any points for your team. 

Research on young players 

This is a tricky part of fantasy cricket. This is something we all are clumsy at. Many of us never research because either we are lazy or we are over confident at our knowledge. But still, we have to research about the young and new players and follow those young players on the regular basis. We should at least have one spot in the team for them.  

This is the way fantasy cricket has been played all over. Picking that one player who also gives you point is the trickier thing you can do in the fantasy game. 

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