Fantasy Cricket is a segment of the Fantasy Sports genre in which the competitors create a virtual team of 'real’ players. The points are scored on the basis of how the chosen players perform in real life matches. It is a platform for avid cricket lovers who use their skills and knowledge pertaining to cricket to score maximum points and win.
Today, a number of platforms are available online to play fantasy cricket. Although widely popular, playing fantasy cricket can be difficult in the beginning. So here are a few tips and tricks to ace the game.
Tip 1: Player Performance
Choosing a player purely on the basis of reputation is regarded as a grave sin in all genres of Fantasy Sports. A good practice while choosing players is to look at the player’s performance in the previous matches in order to judge his consistency.
Tip 2: Pitch Performance
Another important aspect which players tend to overlook is the nature of the pitches. A flat pitch is a batsman’s heaven and selecting the minimum number of bowlers can be a good strategy. A bouncy pitch is considered bowlers paradise and choosing more bowling all-rounders might turn the game in your favor.
Apart from the nature of the pitch, it is also important to look at how the pitch has behaved in the previous matches.
Tip 3: Return on Investment
Some players are simply too overpriced and do not perform up to the standards of their bid. A good strategy here can be to focus on young and talented players apart from big name players in order to have a balance in your team.
Tip 4: Bonus Points
Many of the fantasy cricket platforms award bonus points for catches, stumpings, and run-outs. Tracking players who regularly take catches and are exceptional fielders can help in boosting the points.
Tip 5: Death Bowlers
Picking bowlers who bowl death overs can help in pushing up the points as a lot of wickets fall in the last overs of the match. This is because the chasing team usually throws away wickets while trying to reach humongous targets. Having 1-2 death bowlers in the team can thus hike the points.
Tip 6: Top Order Batsmen
Top order batsmen are the players who spend the maximum time on the pitch and play the maximum overs as well. Consequently, they are expected to churn out most of the runs and having 2-3 top order batsmen in the team can thus earn a good amount of points.
Tip 7: Choosing the Captain
Most fantasy cricket websites provide additional points for the Captain (usually 2x). This can be utilized effectively by choosing an all-rounder captain who is in rich vein of form in pursuance of maximum number of points.
Tip 8: Effective Planning
Planning ahead and keeping a track of fixtures is a key factor across all formats of Fantasy Sports. Deciding the initial squad and substitutes should also be on the basis of the games coming up ahead, whether they're going to be easy or rough.
Tip 9: Uncapped Player
Fantasy cricket rules require each team to have an uncapped player. Uncapped players are the ones who are yet to play an international match for their country. Bowlers who bowl in the middle overs and wicket-keeper batsmen are always a safe option and will get a decent amount of points.
Tip 10: Trust your gut and enjoy
Do not be afraid to trust your gut and play a gamble because you need to play big if you're hoping to win big. Moreover, the most important tip is to enjoy and not get too worked up if the results do not come in your favor.