Top 5 Centre-Backs In The World

It was incredibly difficult to choose the best players of any sport. If you trust your fantasy sports abilities, you will always go for the top performing players for forming your team.  

Football is the top global sport with billions of fans crazing over it, just as they love playing the fantasy football. But to make the team win, online fantasy football players need to choose their players wisely. 

Let’s have a glance of the top 5 soccer centre-backs of the world, whom you can include in your team when you get the scope. 

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 

Sergio Ramos is a complete package of surprises. Over the years he’s built a bullet-proof status as Mr Real Madrid; the picture of his trophy-lusting club, with a persistent desire to win by any means needed. 

However, there’s much more to Spain’s most-capped outfielder than just blood, guts and grit. The 31-year-old has netted 69 times in his 544 appearances for Madrid – an amazing tally for a centre-back.   

Ramos is a strong personality; blatantly physical; often cynical if necessary, but as one package Madrid’s brave leader. Rolled together it gives him an edge over opponent football teams who despise clashing with him. 

Gerard Pique (Barcelona) 

Pique’s defending stayed at a high standard, even when his team weren’t always at their best, and he has sustained that form into the recent times as well. The 30-year-old is a Marmite-like footballer in Spain; despised by many but loved in equal measure by those who value his headstrong, never-say-die approach and frank ways.    

So many Barcelona attacks still start at his feet, and the 30-year-old has developed with age defensively too; no longer is he pretty so rash. Now, Pique is a Rolls-Royce of a defender. 

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 

The 28-year-old is a player every football team would want to have; a versatile, Swiss Army knife of a defender who has flawlessly transferred to a central defensive post, having spent most of his Blues career already playing out of position at left-back. Never has he complained, and hardly ever has he been anything but consistent. 

Cesar Azpilicueta is so good now that it feels almost not possible for anyone to argue against him being the best defender. 

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) 

The vastly improved Koulibaly is one of the biggest factors behind Napoli’s success; a robust man-marker who opposing forwards rarely get the better of, but also a defender who boasts fine passing ability to go with it. The 26-year-old player has helped his team keep the best defensive record many matches, and will be hot property if he keeps up his rate of progress. 

Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) 

Hummels has managed to remain a calm constant next to other defensive partners including Niklas Sule, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez. The 29-year-old is invariably reliable. Hummels’ standing at international level has developed, too: in Manuel Neuer’s constant nonappearance he was made captain for the first time against England team in November 2017. 

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An Incredible Match of Cricket

Hello to all the lovers of fantasy cricket! Are you playing your favourite fantasy sports at your free time? We hope you are!  

It is said as much as it fun to watch any cricket match, it is also the same fun to play fantasy cricket and to know about different historical tales about the sport. So are you up to listen a tale dated back to 1900 and linked to Olympics?

Read on then: 

Being an ardent fan of cricket, which we are sure you are, you may know that cricket is not considered as an athletic sport. Olympic motto is ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’. But cricket do not cut this deal of Olympics and hence there is a huge debate about the inclusion of cricket. 

But in 1900, a cricket tournament was played as part of the 1900 Summer Olympics. The match took place on 19–20 August at the Vélodrome de Vincennes. The only match of the tournament was played between teams France and Great Britain., Great Britain won the match by 158 runs. 

In the 1896 Summer Olympics, cricket had been scheduled as an event at the first modern Olympics. Cricket was being listed in the original programme for the Athens Games then. The event got cancelled due to an insufficient number of entries.  

Again four years later, at the Paris Games, there was also a shortage of entries. Belgium and the Netherlands, who for a time had been regarded as possibilities to co-host the Olympics with France, opted out from the cricket tournament when their co-hosting bids fell through.  

The somewhat random nature of the cricket tournament was mirrored all through the rest of the 1900 Olympics. Events took place all the way through a six-month period from May through until October. 

Taking part in Olympics

Initially, cricket teams representing Belgium, France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands were scheduled to compete in that tournament of Olympics. Belgium and the Netherlands pulled out of the tournament, leaving Great Britain to play with France. Neither France nor Great Britain was nationally selected. The cricket team of Great Britain was a touring club, the Devon and Somerset Wanderers also known as Devon County Wanderers, while the French cricket team, the French Athletic Club Union, included mainly British emigrants living in Paris. 

The match was of two-day, which began on 19th August 1900. The team of Great Britain batted first and scored 117, and bowled France out for 78. In their second innings, Great Britain then scored 145 for 5, giving the hosts a target of 185. The tourists bowled out France at 26 runs to win the match by 158 runs, a noteworthy margin. Interestingly, it was only five minutes of the match remaining, when the Great Britain won the match.  

The Great Britain cricket team was awarded silver medals and the French team bronze medals, jointly with miniature statues of the Eiffel Tower. The match was officially recognised as being an Olympic contest in 1912, and the medals were later reassigned as gold and silver. 

Isn’t this an interesting tale to know? 

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Memorable India Pakistan Moments in Cricket History

It’s the season of Asia Cup, the biggest cricket tournament organised in the Asian continent. And we believe, you are ready with your online fantasy team to play during the entire Asia cup. 

The matches between India – Pakistan, the two high –profile participating teams in Asia Cup have always been treat to the cricket fans for the entire world. The rivalry between the two nations has been centre of attraction, which tournament and format they play in. Even creating a perfect fantasy cricket league is a challenging task for the cricket lovers. 

Here look into some of the memorable India Pakistan moments on the crease with us and enjoy the Asia Cup 2018 playing fantasy cricket game at 11Wickets. 

2nd ODI, India tour of Pakistan at Sialkot 

It was on October 31, 1984, the day when the teams were playing the 2nd ODI at

Sialkot and the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi. Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar were making runs for Indian team when this news reached them. The ten Pakistan’s president Zia ul Haq ordered the match stopped, and Indian team captain Sunil Gavaskar wished the same.  

1st ODI Match, Rothmans Four-Nations Cup at Sharjah 

Best bowling of Imran Khan with figures of 6-14 were in this ODI against India March 22, 1985. But for the daring fast bowler of Pakistani cricket team it went all in vain. Imran Khan ripped apart the batting line of Indian team at Sharjah to send the opposition packing for 125. But Pakistan’s own batting  went down for just 87. Imran Khan, who is now the Pakistani Prime Minister, still was man of the match. 

Final ODI, Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah 

This is the match that will always remind the bitterest memories for India, and the sweetest ones for Pakistan. The match played on April 18, 1986, again an ODI played in Sharjah. With Pakistan needing four off the last ball to win, India’s Chetan Sharma ran in and bowled a full toss and Javed Miandad scored a six. Miandad, presented with a golden sword, became national hero for Pakistan. While Chetan Sharma faced insults when he returned home with the team. 

1st Test, Pakistan tour of India at Chennai 

India’s most celebrated batsman and a century from him, Sachin Tendulkar, was generally the recipe for success in the 1990s and 2000s but not in the 1999 Test match against Pakistan in Chennai. Chasing 271 runs by Pakistan for victory, Tendulkar scored an amazing 136 runs. But Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq got him out and India finally lost by 12 runs. The generous Indian home crowd gave Pakistani team a standing ovation, but Tendulkar was broken-hearted. 

Final, ICC World Twenty20 at Johannesburg 

An India-Pakistan final in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007 was an ideal setting for cricket’s newest format. Misbah ul Haq of Pakistani team was on the verge of taking his team to an outstanding win with his batting in a chase of 158. 

But then came a moment of folly as Haq tried to play a daring shot to seal victory against Indian pacer Joginder Sharma in the final over. The ball went high into the waiting hands of Sreesanth. Indian team led by MS Dhoni celebrated as Haq missed the chance of a lifetime. 

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Surprising Records at Asia Cup

Sri Lanka and India are the most successful teams in Asia Cup, though; Sri Lanka has not been so successful in Asia Cup 2018. Perhaps, their performance in this Asia Cup made you think that you would have chosen a better team than the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). And this is where the benefit of playing online fantasy cricket game matches comes.  

Creating your desired playing XI at the fantasy cricket league and getting a better playing team is the mission of fantasy sports apps. So, we were talking about the Asia Cup 2018 and we are going to tell you some of the records which came surprisingly from the surprising corners of the tournament. Explore them with us: 

No final in Asia Cup 1984

The 1st edition of the Asia Cup was held in 1984 at one of the most iconic venues in the world which was Sharjah, UAE. Just 3 matches were held in the tournament as there were only three participants and those were between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Indian team emerged as the winner of the opening edition, defeating both Pakistan and Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin in the tournament which was majorly bowling-dominated. 

No ducks in ODI format for Indian players 

In the entire history of Asia Cup, none of the batsmen from the Indian team got out for a duck in the ODI format of the tournament, making us jaw-drop in wonder. However his record was broken in the T20I format which was held in Asia Cup 2016, it still remains to be in India’s favour in the ODIs. Sri Lanka holds the record of having the most ducks of 17, next to that is Bangladesh with 11 ducks and the come Pakistan cricket team with 9 ducks in the ODI format. 

Just 5-wicket record by an Indian bowler 

Indian team’s only 5-wicket record in Asia Cup came way back in Asia Cup 1988 against Pakistan in Dhaka. The right-arm off-break bowler, Arshad Ayub, put off the Pakistani team middle-order and recorded his best bowling figures of 9-0-21-5. While we’re on the subject, it happened to be Indian team and Asia Cup’s first 5-wicket score record. 

Best bowling strike rate for Virender Sehwag 

In general, Virender Sehwag’s name appears on the top of the best batting strike rate list. But in Asia Cup, he holds the record of best bowling strike rate in one innings with his scorching spell of 2.5-0-6-4 against Bangladesh cricket team in Dambulla. Picking up wickets for every 4.2 balls, Sehwag’s spell restricted Bangladesh to 167, helping India to get an inclusive victory. 

Sachin Tendulkar and 17 wickets 

Sachin Tendulkar’s all-rounder aptitude was always on display during the Asia Cup. He not just destroyed his opponents with the bat but also took them apart with his conventional spin bowling. In 23 matches, Tendulkar has picked up 17 wickets with a well average of 21.41 and stands 10th in the list of highest wicket-takers in Asia Cup. 

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Cricket History of Afghanistan in Asia Cup

Cricket is a much-loved game across the Indian subcontinent. While fans know the game well, relatively few of them play fantasy cricket 

Playing online fantasy cricket you’ll have fun, apply your knowledge of the game, and reap rewards for playing. 

Historical link of cricket in Afghanistan is dated back to 19th century. The first time cricket was played in the nation during Anglo-Afghan Wars at the 19th century. The match played with British troops most likely at Kabul in 1839. But, unlike many nations, no lasting cricket inheritance left by the departing British troops. And it would be more than a hundred years before cricket returned in the nation. 

During the 1990s, cricket became well-liked amongst Afghan refugees in Pakistan. In 1995, Afghanistan Cricket Federation formed there. They kept on playing cricket after their return to their home country during late 2001. During the reign of the Taliban, like all sports, cricket originally banned by them. However, it was turning out to be an exception in the year 2000 the Afghanistan Cricket Federation chosen as an affiliate member of the ICC the next year. 

In the present day cricket is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan, and we can all witness the brilliant performance of Afghanistan team in the international cricket scenario. Afghanistan team has made rapid improvement in the international world of cricket. 

National team 

The Afghanistan national cricket team represents the nation of Afghanistan in international cricket matches. The national cricket team of Afghanistan formed in 2001. This team played in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier after rising fast through the World Cricket League, beginning in Division Five in May 2008. The team plays in the Elite division of the ACC Trophy. 

21-run win of Afghanistan over Namibia in Krugersdorp brought them official One Day International status. The Afghanistan team won their first One Day International against Scotland. In the year 2011, the national team qualified for the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. 

Asia Cup 2018 

Afghanistan appeared in the 12th edition of the Asia Cup which was held in the year 2014, for the first time. The second time it appeared at Asia Cup in 2016 which held for the first time in T20 format. And Asia Cup 2018 is the third appearance for Afghanistan team, which played in ODI format. 

Witnessing the recent past performance of the team, we are surely going to enjoy the Asia Cup performance and also the future performances of the team. Players such as Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman and the right-arm bowler Dawlat Zadran are the gem of the team. 

We are all glued to the screen to watch the team’s future performances and win our hearts with good sport. Good luck to them! 

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Throwback Records of Indian Team in Asia Cup

Hey, cricket fans! We know you have followed the last England – India series and have been disappointed. But we know that India is gifted with some of the greatest batsmen and bowlers, who will fight back to regain the glory. The fantasy cricket leagues matches will be at a new level with India playing in Asia Cup 2018. 

Are you reading with your fantasy cricket team to play and watch the Asia cup? But before that, know about the performance details of Indian team at Asia Cup. 

Most runs in the tournament 

The first Indian cricketer having most runs in the tournament is India skipper Virat Kohli with 357 runs during 2012. 

The second Indian cricketer having most runs in the tournament is master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with 205 runs during 1995. 

The third Indian cricketer having most runs in the tournament is Surinder Khanna with 107 runs during Asia Cup 1984. Khanna mostly played in domestic cricket and played ten ODI for India. He played the role of wicketkeeper in Indian team. 

Most wickets in the tournament 

The list of most wickets in the tournament starts with Ravi Shastri with a record of taking 4 wickets during Asia Cup 1984. 

During Asia Cup 1988, Arshad Ayub has the record of taking 9 wickets at the tournament. 

During Asia Cup 1990-91 Kapil Dev, the shining all-rounder of India has taken 9 wickets at the tournament. 

One of the most talented former bowlers of Indian team, Anil Kumble holds the record of taking 7 wickets during Asia Cup 1995. 

At 1997 Asia Cup, Venkatesh Prasad holds the record of 7 wickets in the tournament. 

Irfan Pathan holds the record of taking 14 wickets, during the Asia Cup. 2004 

Man of the tournament 

In Asia Cup 1984, Surinder Khanna became Man of the Tournament for his 107 runs. 

In Asia Cup 1988 and in 1995, Navjot Sidhu became Man of the Tournament for his 179 runs and 116 runs respectively. 

Man of the match (in final) 

During Asia Cup 1988, Navjot Sidhu became Man of the match for the finals scoring 76 runs. 

At Asia Cup 1990-91 and in 1995, Mohammad Azharuddin became Man of the match for the finals scoring54 runs and 90 runs respectively. 

In Asia Cup 2010, Dinesh Karthik became Man of the match for the finals scoring 66 runs. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Top 5 Bollywood Movies Based on Football

In India, every street has one football club. Indians adore football and just as much as the entire world adores. This is the reason that online fantasy sports are so much in trend in the recent years. People love playing the fantasy football as much as they love watching it or being the part of the local football club. 

Bollywood loves football as well. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may be the heroes on football ground but John Abraham and Parminder Nagra are our Bollywood footballer heroes.

Let’s take a look on the 5 Bollywood movies based on the football: 

Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal

The movie is about the south Asian community living in UK and their struggle to play football at the top level. The story of the movie tells about the Southall United football club having South Asian players only. The club which was once a very successful club is now facing hurdles in getting sponsors. The main lead, John Abraham is a star player getting discriminated for his skin colour. He along with Boman Irani  who is the coach of the Southall team and Arshad Warsi, the Captain, scripts success stories for the team and brings glory to the south Asian community living in England. 

Bend it like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha surprised audiences and critics with an impressive film on football and relationships. Bend it like Beckham relates about the leading lady in the film – Jess being a football fanatic. Coming from an Indian family, Jess fights all for her passion of sports. The film encouraged playing football over the much popular cricket.  

Sikandar

A kid’s obsession with sports is well depicting in the movie, Sikandar. The story is about how a 14 year old boy who is the hero of the film, Sikandar wants to just play football. And it is his dream to excel and become an expert in the sport. Directed by Piyush Jha and produced by Sudhir Mishra, in the film Sikandar’s innocence and love for football fades as unfortunate situations change his path. 

Hip Hip Hurray

Hip Hip Hurray is a 1984 Hindi film, a directorial debut of Prakash Jha. It is the story of a computer engineer who takes up a provisional job as sports instructor in a school and leads the school to historic victory in a football match. 

Saaheb

Saaheb is a 1985 movie starring Anil Kapoor in the lead role. In the film Anil Kapoor is focused on football, his only passion. Due to this, everyone in the family continually tells him he is no good. But when situations demand, he is caught in the life and its unfortunate circumstances, at the cost of his football career. 

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