Cricket has a huge fanbase around the world and is one of the most popular fantasy sports played in India. Whether it is the IPL, a Test match, the World Cup, or any other format, cricket enthusiasts never leave an opportunity to participate in their favourite matches through fantasy cricket. However, winning a fantasy cricket game is highly dependent on the performance of the players in your fantasy cricket team. Therefore, the most important aspect of the game is making your own cricket team.
How to create your dream team on fantasy cricket?
Making a fantasy team requires a good knowledge of the sport and many other factors related to the live match. For instance, you should know the playing XI of both the teams of an upcoming game, analyze the pitch and weather, know the players’ recent forms, and more, to create your perfect team of XI players. We have outlined the process and shared some tips that will help you create your fantasy cricket team.
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How many players are needed in your cricket team?
You need to pick a total of 11 players to make your team of playing XI, which includes:
- 1 to 4 Wicket-keepers
- 3 to 4 Batsmen
- 1 to 4 All-rounders
- 3 to 6 Bowlers
You can choose a maximum of 7 players from one team playing in a particular game. Also, each player has a credit score and you need to select players within a 100 credit score cap.
Tips to pick the best players for your team
To put together the perfect fantasy cricket team, here are a few tips you should follow:
Choose your Captain & Vice-Captian wisely
The first crucial element of your winning strategy is selecting the right skipper and vice-captain as the former earns 2x points and the latter brings 1.5x points. You should select highly capable players in these positions to ensure you get the big points in the scoreboard. Preferably, you should go for a quality all-rounder or a player that is either consistent with batting or bowling.
Analyze the recent performance of the players
Another important aspect to consider when you pick the players for your cricket team is analyzing their recent performances. Pick proven performers who have been in good form as they are more likely to play well and earn points. First and foremost, pick 4-5 players with a proven track record such as AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, etc. These performers rarely fail to deliver.
Quality all-rounders can be a savior
The precious gems available in your team are the all-rounders as they can save the game any time. When a batsman fails to score runs or a bowler struggles with wickets, you can rely on a good all-rounder to earn some points by performing either at the batting front or the bowling end. If the all-rounder performs well in all the departments, you can hit a jackpot.
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Consider the format before picking players
When you create your cricket team always consider whether it is for Test, T20, ODI, or T20I format. For instance, the T20 matches have limited-overs, therefore, it is wise to select top-order batsmen as they will face the highest number of balls. Similarly, go for the best bowlers or quality all-rounders to score points. In ODI and Test matches, you can get middle-order performers considering the length of the matches.
Check the pitch and weather report
The last tip to stay on the top of the scoreboard is to check the weather report of the day and analyze pitch conditions before the game goes live. For a slow and dry pitch, spinners will be a boon for your team. Similarly, on a greener pitch, technically sound batsmen and pace bowlers can save you some points. During monsoon, if there’s an overcast, seam bowlers can handle the ball better. Also, ensure you check the toss results before the game is live, to make last-minute changes.
The IPL 2021 season is in full swing and millions are glued to their phone to watch the sport live. Use these tips to create multiple teams online on the MPL fantasy app and put your cricket skills to the test. Once you have made your team, you can watch your score on your phone screen and wait for the game to end to get the results. Just download the MPL app on your phone and share the joy of your favorite sport with millions of cricket fans.