IPL Fantasy Tips and Tricks

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is almost upon us, and the excitement already is palpable. As the teams get ready for the cricketing extravaganza, fans can again take part in the IPL fantasy leagues on MPL, create their teams, and win cash prizes aplenty. The IPL fantasy league will start on March 26 and run through till May 22. There are rewards to be won in abundance on MPL during the IPL, but you will have to keep a few tips in mind while playing the fantasy league IPL.

Here are some important IPL fantasy league tips and tricks that might help you create your fantasy teams when you play the IPL fantasy league on MPL. 

1) Pick players according to the conditions

With the IPL being one of the biggest tournaments globally, there are many big-ticket cricketers who come to play the league. A player such as Eoin Morgan might be lethal in England conditions, or Steve Smith could be great in Australia, but chances of them succeeding are slim in India. Instead, you should always go for players that have been proven performers in India over the years. Here’s where your cricket knowledge will come into play. Someone like Suryakumar Yadav will be a much more efficient buy in your fantasy cricket team rather than a big-ticket player. Always go for those players that might give you important fantasy points in Indian conditions.

Top-order batsmen, batting allrounders, and spin bowlers have generally done well in India, and they should always make it your fantasy cricket team. Before creating your fantasy cricket team for any match:

  • Go with an open mind.
  • Do not pick a player in fantasy league just because you feel he might do well.
  • Do careful research on each player, look up their stats and numbers, and then decide your final fantasy playing XI. Check out our blog section for in-depth analysis, predictions, probable XI, among others.

Some players have a few favourite venues as well. Rohit Sharma, for example, consistently performs well at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata irrespective of his form. Sometimes, the venue also brings the best out of a player, and you should always consider this before finalising your fantasy XI.

2) Research about the uncapped players well:

According to the IPL fantasy league rules, you need to pick at least one uncapped player in your fantasy team. While uncapped players might sometimes feel unnecessary, in IPL, they can be the difference between you winning and losing a contest. The IPL is one of the most-watched domestic leagues globally, and it gives players a terrific platform. Every young player who gets a chance to play in the T2o tournament wants to do well and brings out his best with millions of people watching. Time and again, we have seen in the IPL, players who are unknown entities make their mark.

Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar – are just some of the names that have made big just because of the IPL. Look out for such players who you think can help you win big in fantasy cricket. This will obviously need a fair bit of research. Check the recent domestic numbers of uncapped players. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy are good pointers to check the stats of uncapped players.

3) Be very careful when deciding on your captain and vice captain:

The captain and vice-captain of your fantasy XI more often than not determine which way your fantasy team is heading. The captain of your team will get 2x the points while the vice captain gets 1.5 times the points. Make sure you carefully research every player and then decide on your choices. It is mostly recommended that you pick all rounders or wicket keepers as captain as they are likely to provide you points in more than one area. You can also go for the more prominent names for their consistency but once in a while, take a risk and pick an unknown entity to lead your IPL fantasy team. You never know which player shines on a given day in a fantasy league.

The other thing you should always consider while making your fantasy team is to look at the conditions and ground. If the match is taking place in Kolkata, you could have one of the spinners or slower bowlers as captain. For games in Bangalore, it is a no-brainer that one of the top-order batsmen or batting all rounder should be your captain. In addition, you should also keep a close eye on the weather report and the toss result.

4) Create multiple teams to increase your chances of winning in fantasy cricket:

Depending on the type of contest, you can create multiple teams on the MPL fantasy cricket. It is always advisable you select a core side and then make fantasy sides with different combinations and enter the various contests. The more teams you participate with increases your chances of winning. Even if one of your teams is not doing well, there are chances you might end up winning with the other team.

Shuffle your players around, use a different batting line-up and bowling combination for different sets of teams so that you have all your bases covered. Have different captains and vice captains for your sides, and keep a backup game plan just if your team does not do well. Experience in different formats, even in fantasy cricket helps.

5) Never wait for the last minute to create your fantasy XI

This is especially true when you are playing IPL fantasy league cricket because of the short turnaround time between matches; there are chances you might miss out on a lot of important updates. One of the important fantasy cricket tips is to always create your side well in advance so that if any player you have picked on your side is not playing the game or is unfit, you have enough time to replace him. If you start creating your fantasy team after the toss, then you will have very little time to plan, and chances are you might end up getting a bit hurried.

6) Be well versed with the rules and points system of fantasy league:

It might seem like a very basic tip, but sometimes not knowing the points system and the rules has cost participants big time. Get yourself well versed with the points system so that there is no confusion when creating your fantasy team. Read all about the brand new points system here. There are now bonus points for strike rate, economy rate, run-outs, and catches as well.

You have a limit of picking only seven players from one team. Your fantasy team needs to have the following: 1-4 wicket keepers, 3-6 batsmen, 1-4 all rounders and 3-6 bowlers. Keep these rules in mind when creating your fantasy dream team. 

The rise of fantasy games in India over the last few years has been staggering. While there are plenty of fantasy cricket apps out there, playing the IPL fantasy league on the MPL app is a different experience. Download the MPL app, play a fantasy game and stand a chance to win real money. Before making your fantasy teams, keep in mind the above IPL fantasy league tips, as they will surely help you make the right decisions.

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