Fantasy cricket is a part of the fantasy sports genre. To win a tournament, players need to work towards attaining the maximum points and the highest rank on the leader board. Fantasy cricket requires plenty of skills, knowledge about the game, decision-making proficiency, and several other aspects on part of the user to win. It can be played in all three international forms: One Day International, Twenty20, and Test Cricket.
Indian Fantasy Cricket has captured the market in less than a decade with millions of people using various fantasy cricket apps in India to play fantasy cricket. In a country where cricket is more of a religion than a sport, it is only natural to expect the sport to have millions of fans. As a consequence, fantasy cricket has flourished extremely well in India. There are around 40 apps that render this service with almost every other app following a similar route. Surprisingly, there are official fantasy cricket games for IPL and ICC along with the private fantasy cricket apps in India.
Based on the rank of the player, a multiplayer is applied. Example: Rank 1 player will get 2× the points he makes, Rank 2 player will get 1.9×, and Rank 3 will get 1.8 × and so on till Rank 11 gets just 1 ×. Here, rather than choosing 2 top players, the user’s cricket knowledge comes into play while ranking the players from number one to eleven.
This format has been creating a buzz among the fans as it requires brainpower, makes the game more knowledge-oriented, and reduces variance due to extreme outcomes. It even provides a higher chance of winning. In this, even if one has not chosen the best player as the captain, the other eleven players together as a team can generate enough points. It avoids a user from losing a match because they didn’t get the captain right.
To create a fantasy cricket team, one should pick players based on merit for better results. Picking more than one expensive player can be heavy on the team budget balance. By opting for an optimum squad balance and a good blend of batsmen and bowlers, one could end up with a winning combination. Most players must be aware that one needs to pick 0-1 wicket-keeper, 3-6 batsmen, 1-4 all-rounders, and 3-6 bowlers for creating a rank fantasy cricket team. The most important aspect regarding picking the best team is to strike a balance between the player’s reputation and talent. Choosing a younger player can also add more value to the squad and increase the chances of winning. This new format allows the user to win on the basis of his knowledge and promotes the game in a positive way.