Though the second wave of COVID-19 has put a full-stop on the IPL matches with it to be pulled down suddenly, the cricket lovers are hardly ready to keep them off from the sport. For them, online sports, especially the fantasy versions, are always the most sought-after, given the restrictions being followed during the pandemic.
As technology finds its wide application in boosting the online gaming industry, according to a YourStory publication, the number of online gamers is expected to reach 500 million by 2025. The online gaming industry, in short, is proceeding towards becoming the third-largest segment of the M&E sector in India. Undoubtedly, fantasy cricket has a major role in making this industry excel, with several cricket fans and lovers exceeding the number of sports lovers.
With fantasy sports being hosted on different gaming platforms, sports lovers get an opportunity to enjoy their favourite games and earn points by selecting their teams. In fantasy cricket, gamers earn scores without even holding the bat or even bowl on the pitch. The players they select do it all. If you are a cricket lover, there are certain simple but important things that you should know and remember about fantasy cricket.
Most fantasy cricket lovers are set to begin with the game, but they hardly understand the basics. Entering into a game without having proper knowledge about it could be unrewarding. Of course, understanding the basics of cricket as a game helps. However, the basics of fantasy sport cannot be ignored. Especially for beginners, it is significant to be aware that fantasy cricket is not like an online cricket game where you become player 1, and another player becomes player 2, and the game goes on. They should know they have to select their teams from both participating sides. The way the selected players perform and score in the actual matches will determine the gamers’ points.
Before moving on to the IPL fantasy tips and tricks to be used to win the game, you must know the rules that will help you select a better team. To ensure a win in the fantasy cricket game, the primary thing required is the best team. However, selecting ideal players for the team is not that easy. The one who scored high in a dry climate might not be the one to be chosen for other days. On the contrary, the players who you think are performing well in one of the matches might not be the one who would perform properly on the pitch when you select them as the member of the fantasy teams.
Thus, before selecting players for the team, you should check the day’s weather conditions and pitch report. It should be your priority. As the players’ performances would be recorded for your points, you must ensure that the players you have selected will be playing in the match. The other tips include:
- Choose the top-order batsman to make sure the balls are hit beyond the boundaries.
- Select the captain and vice-captain wisely. It is because the scores earned by both these designated players would multiply your points by 2 times and 1.5 times, respectively.
- Don’t ignore choosing uncapped players. Sometimes, they are the ones who turn the game in your favour. Try including at least one of them in your team.
- The list of players for both the participating teams would be displayed only after the toss. You might have ended up choosing players who are not playing for that match. As soon as you get the list of 11 players, you can make the necessary changes. Try avoiding loss of points for selecting non-players for that match.
Following these rules will surely help you score high.
The next thing to remember is the type of cricket league you want to associate with. Different gaming platforms segment sports into different categories. While a few classify the games based on the number of players involved, another does it depending on the league type one would like to opt for. For example, on MPL, you are likely to come across three different fantasy cricket types, namely, Indian Leagues, Australian Leagues, and Pakistan Leagues. Based on the teams involved in the actual match of the concerned date and time, you can select the players from the respective teams.
The Point System
Whichever gaming platform you associate with will offer you relevant information on the point system it follows. However, it is highly recommended that you go through the points dedicated to different tasks conducted by the players. For example, the point system for bowling would not be the same as that for batting. Plus, the point system for a T20 match would differ from that of a One-Day contest. Thus, explore the point system properly. It will let you calculate the points you earn as per the scores made by different players performing in the actual match on the real field.
The Scoring Tips
The first and foremost thing is your skills. Yes, if the gamers are not skilled enough, it isn’t easy to choose an ideal team to perform. Remember, you have been a cricket lover for a long time, which means you must have noticed the pattern in which players perform. The skillsets that you have acquired by watching multiple cricket matches on your TV screen or by playing gully cricket with friends on weekends, you can apply all those tricks to score high. Frame strategies to build a strong team for both the participating sides and see how wonderfully your players perform.
If you keep in mind the factors mentioned above, you are likely to be alert enough in choosing the best for the most effective winning record. Try it!